This study examines the design practice in socially complex domains, such as the facilitation of highly
participatory processes for migration and healthcare innovation. We conceptually propose a visual lens
that helps unpack the design practice in a way that has not been done before. This tool highlights different dimensions that underlie the design practice. Through examining two large-scale multi-stakeholder participatory processes, six dimensions behind the design practice emerge. By plotting the process and making the design dimensions visible, designers can better orchestrate their practice over long-term periods of time. The six dimensions of designerly practice are conceptual contributions based on empirical analysis, however we invite for further practical applications and development in socially complex domains.