Design Thinking

Design Thinking is a new methodology to produce innovative ideas and try to understand and offer solutions to the users' real needs. It has five differentiating characteristics: empathy generation, teamwork, prototypes generation, playful environment and the use of great visual contents.

The five steps of the design process are: 

  • Empathise. Learning about the audience for whom you are designing.
  • Define. Redefining and focusing your question based on your insights from the empathy stage.
  • Ideate. Brainstorming and coming up with creative solutions.
  • Prototype. Building a representation of one or more of your ideas to show to others.
  • Test. Returning to your original user group and testing your ideas for feedback.

Before starting the process, you must have prepared: the materials, the team, the space and, of course, the attitude!

Examples of Design Thinking are "The Wallet Project" and "The Gift-Giving Project":

https://dschool.stanford.edu/groups/designresources/wiki/4dbb2/The_Wallet_Project.html

https://dschool.stanford.edu/groups/designresources/wiki/ed894/The_GiftGiving_Project.html