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Design thinking, explained

Rebecca Linke

Sep 14, 2017

What is design thinking?

Design thinking is an innovative problem-solving process rooted in a set of skills.The approach has been around for decades, but it only started gaining traction outside of the design community after the 2008 Harvard Business Review article [subscription required] titled “Design Thinking” by Tim Brown, CEO and president of design company IDEO.

Since then, the design thinking process has been applied to developing new products and services, and to a whole range of problems, from creating a business model for selling solar panels in Africa to the operation of Airbnb .

At a high level, the steps involved in the design thinking process are simple: first, fully understand the problem; second, explore a wide range of possible solutions; third, iterate extensively through prototyping and testing; and finally, implement through the customary deployment mechanisms. 

The skills associated with these steps help people apply creativity to effectively solve real-world problems better than they otherwise would. They can be readily learned, but take effort. For instance, when trying to understand a problem, setting aside your own preconceptions is vital, but it’s hard.

Creative brainstorming is necessary for developing possible solutions, but many people don’t do it particularly well. And throughout the process it is critical to engage in modeling, analysis, prototyping, and testing, and to really learn from these many iterations.

Once you master the skills central to the design thinking approach, they can be applied to solve problems in daily life and any industry.

Here’s what you need to know to get started.

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Understand the problem 

The first step in design thinking is to understand the problem you are trying to solve before searching for solutions. Sometimes, the problem you need to address is not the one you originally set out to tackle.

“Most people don’t make much of an effort to explore the problem space before exploring the solution space,” said MIT Sloan professor Steve Eppinger. The mistake they make is to try and empathize, connecting the stated problem only to their own experiences. This falsely leads to the belief that you completely understand the situation. But the actual problem is always broader, more nuanced, or different than people originally assume.

Take the example of a meal delivery service in Holstebro, Denmark. When a team first began looking at the problem of poor nutrition and malnourishment among the elderly in the city, many of whom received meals from the service, it thought that simply updating the menu options would be a sufficient solution. But after closer observation, the team realized the scope of the problem was much larger , and that they would need to redesign the entire experience, not only for those receiving the meals, but for those preparing the meals as well. While the company changed almost everything about itself, including rebranding as The Good Kitchen, the most important change the company made when rethinking its business model was shifting how employees viewed themselves and their work. That, in turn, helped them create better meals (which were also drastically changed), yielding happier, better nourished customers.

Involve users

Imagine you are designing a new walker for rehabilitation patients and the elderly, but you have never used one. Could you fully understand what customers need? Certainly not, if you haven’t extensively observed and spoken with real customers. There is a reason that design thinking is often referred to as human-centered design.

“You have to immerse yourself in the problem,” Eppinger said.

How do you start to understand how to build a better walker? When a team from MIT’s Integrated Design and Management program together with the design firm Altitude took on that task, they met with walker users to interview them, observe them, and understand their experiences.  

“We center the design process on human beings by understanding their needs at the beginning, and then include them throughout the development and testing process,” Eppinger said.

Central to the design thinking process is prototyping and testing (more on that later) which allows designers to try, to fail, and to learn what works. Testing also involves customers, and that continued involvement provides essential user feedback on potential designs and use cases. If the MIT-Altitude team studying walkers had ended user involvement after its initial interviews, it would likely have ended up with a walker that didn’t work very well for customers. 

It is also important to interview and understand other stakeholders, like people selling the product, or those who are supporting the users throughout the product life cycle.

The second phase of design thinking is developing solutions to the problem (which you now fully understand). This begins with what most people know as brainstorming.

Hold nothing back during brainstorming sessions — except criticism. Infeasible ideas can generate useful solutions, but you’d never get there if you shoot down every impractical idea from the start.

“One of the key principles of brainstorming is to suspend judgment,” Eppinger said. “When we're exploring the solution space, we first broaden the search and generate lots of possibilities, including the wild and crazy ideas. Of course, the only way we're going to build on the wild and crazy ideas is if we consider them in the first place.”

That doesn’t mean you never judge the ideas, Eppinger said. That part comes later, in downselection. “But if we want 100 ideas to choose from, we can’t be very critical.”

In the case of The Good Kitchen, the kitchen employees were given new uniforms. Why? Uniforms don’t directly affect the competence of the cooks or the taste of the food.

But during interviews conducted with kitchen employees, designers realized that morale was low, in part because employees were bored preparing the same dishes over and over again, in part because they felt that others had a poor perception of them. The new, chef-style uniforms gave the cooks a greater sense of pride. It was only part of the solution, but if the idea had been rejected outright, or perhaps not even suggested, the company would have missed an important aspect of the solution.

Prototype and test. Repeat.

You’ve defined the problem. You’ve spoken to customers. You’ve brainstormed, come up with all sorts of ideas, and worked with your team to boil those ideas down to the ones you think may actually solve the problem you’ve defined.

“We don’t develop a good solution just by thinking about a list of ideas, bullet points and rough sketches,” Eppinger said. “We explore potential solutions through modeling and prototyping. We design, we build, we test, and repeat — this design iteration process is absolutely critical to effective design thinking.”

Repeating this loop of prototyping, testing, and gathering user feedback is crucial for making sure the design is right — that is, it works for customers, you can build it, and you can support it.

“After several iterations, we might get something that works, we validate it with real customers, and we often find that what we thought was a great solution is actually only just OK. But then we can make it a lot better through even just a few more iterations,” Eppinger said.

Implementation

The goal of all the steps that come before this is to have the best possible solution before you move into implementing the design. Your team will spend most of its time, its money, and its energy on this stage.

“Implementation involves detailed design, training, tooling, and ramping up. It is a huge amount of effort, so get it right before you expend that effort,” said Eppinger.

Design thinking isn’t just for “things.” If you are only applying the approach to physical products, you aren’t getting the most out of it. Design thinking can be applied to any problem that needs a creative solution. When Eppinger ran into a primary school educator who told him design thinking was big in his school, Eppinger thought he meant that they were teaching students the tenets of design thinking.

“It turns out they meant they were using design thinking in running their operations and improving the school programs. It’s being applied everywhere these days,” Eppinger said.

In another example from the education field, Peruvian entrepreneur Carlos Rodriguez-Pastor hired design consulting firm IDEO to redesign every aspect of the learning experience in a network of schools in Peru. The ultimate goal? To elevate Peru’s middle class.

As you’d expect, many large corporations have also adopted design thinking. IBM has adopted it at a company-wide level, training many of its nearly 400,000 employees in design thinking principles .

What can design thinking do for your business?

The impact of all the buzz around design thinking today is that people are realizing that “anybody who has a challenge that needs creative problem solving could benefit from this approach,” Eppinger said. That means that managers can use it, not only to design a new product or service, “but anytime they’ve got a challenge, a problem to solve.”

Applying design thinking techniques to business problems can help executives across industries rethink their product offerings, grow their markets, offer greater value to customers, or innovate and stay relevant. “I don’t know industries that can’t use design thinking,” said Eppinger.

Ready to go deeper?

Read “ The Designful Company ” by Marty Neumeier, a book that focuses on how businesses can benefit from design thinking, and “ Product Design and Development ,” co-authored by Eppinger, to better understand the detailed methods.

Register for an MIT Sloan Executive Education course:

Systematic Innovation of Products, Processes, and Services , a five-day course taught by Eppinger and other MIT professors.

  • Leadership by Design: Innovation Process and Culture , a two-day course taught by MIT Integrated Design and Management director Matthew Kressy.
  • Managing Complex Technical Projects , a two-day course taught by Eppinger.
  • Apply for M astering Design Thinking , a 3-month online certificate course taught by Eppinger and MIT Sloan senior lecturers Renée Richardson Gosline and David Robertson.

Steve Eppinger is a professor of management science and innovation at MIT Sloan. He holds the General Motors Leaders for Global Operations Chair and has a PhD from MIT in engineering. He is the faculty co-director of MIT's System Design and Management program and Integrated Design and Management program, both master’s degrees joint between the MIT Sloan and Engineering schools. His research focuses on product development and technical project management, and has been applied to improving complex engineering processes in many industries.

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Why Design Thinking Works

  • Jeanne Liedtka

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While we know a lot about practices that stimulate new ideas, innovation teams often struggle to apply them. Why? Because people’s biases and entrenched behaviors get in the way. In this article a Darden professor explains how design thinking helps people overcome this problem and unleash their creativity.

Though ostensibly geared to understanding and molding the experiences of customers, design thinking also profoundly reshapes the experiences of the innovators themselves. For example, immersive customer research helps them set aside their own views and recognize needs customers haven’t expressed. Carefully planned dialogues help teams build on their diverse ideas, not just negotiate compromises when differences arise. And experiments with new solutions reduce all stakeholders’ fear of change.

At every phase—customer discovery, idea generation, and testing—a clear structure makes people more comfortable trying new things, and processes increase collaboration. Because it combines practical tools and human insight, design thinking is a social technology —one that the author predicts will have an impact as large as an earlier social technology: total quality management.

It addresses the biases and behaviors that hamper innovation.

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The problem.

While we know a lot about what practices stimulate new ideas and creative solutions, most innovation teams struggle to realize their benefits.

People’s intrinsic biases and behavioral habits inhibit the exercise of the imagination and protect unspoken assumptions about what will or will not work.

The Solution

Design thinking provides a structured process that helps innovators break free of counterproductive tendencies that thwart innovation. Like TQM, it is a social technology that blends practical tools with insights into human nature.

Occasionally, a new way of organizing work leads to extraordinary improvements. Total quality management did that in manufacturing in the 1980s by combining a set of tools—kanban cards, quality circles, and so on—with the insight that people on the shop floor could do much higher level work than they usually were asked to. That blend of tools and insight, applied to a work process, can be thought of as a social technology.

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Design Thinking and Innovation from Harvard Business School (HBS) Online will teach you how to leverage fundamental design thinking principles and innovative problem-solving tools to address business challenges.

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What you'll learn.

Break cognitive fixedness and approach problems with a new mindset that integrates creative problem-solving and management

Develop an innovation toolkit, and determine when to apply design thinking frameworks, tools, and exercises to your own strategic initiatives

Practice empathy and apply human-centered design through techniques such as ideation, prototyping, user journey mapping, and analyzing mental models

Assess group dynamics and maximize your team’s potential for developing and iterating prototypes and managing the implementation of new designs

Understand how leaders can create the optimal environment and team dynamics to guide innovation and collaboration

Put design thinking into action by collaborating with peers from a wide range of professional experiences and backgrounds

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Design Thinking and Innovation, through Harvard Business School (HBS) Online, equips current and aspiring innovation managers with the design thinking principles and innovative problem-solving tools to solve business challenges and guide their organization’s strategy. The course features five weeks of course content and two weeks of cohort project work, enabling the opportunity to put learning into practice. Leaders interviewed include Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel, Royal Philips CEO Frans van Houten, and T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert, among others. Participants will walk away with an innovation toolkit of frameworks and exercises for identifying business opportunities and generating possible solutions for their organization’s initiatives.

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Why Learn Design Thinking? 6 Ways It Can Accelerate Your Career

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  • 31 Mar 2022

Innovation is highly valued but can be difficult in practice. How do you execute innovation and ensure products resonate with customers?

“Whether they’re big or small, innovations are best when they address real, human needs,” says Harvard Business School Dean Srikant Datar in the online course Design Thinking and Innovation . “Designing a new product, service, business model, or strategy is about changing your thinking process. Interestingly, and perhaps counterintuitively, it can be done using a systematic approach.”

This systematic approach is design thinking , a process popularized by Tim Brown, CEO and president of design company IDEO, in a 2008 Harvard Business Review article . Since then, design thinking has gained traction as a tried-and-true process for creating user-centric innovations.

Leveraging design thinking at work can help shift your mindset, lead teams toward innovation, and create products with tangible value that increase your organization’s revenue. Here’s an overview of design thinking and how you can use it to accelerate your career.

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What Is Design Thinking?

Design thinking is a problem-solving approach that enacts innovation centered on customer needs. It’s both user-centric and solutions-based, which sets it apart from other problem-solving frameworks.

“User-centric” means the process focuses on customers’ wants and needs instead of what professionals believe would be the best product. This requires empathizing with the product’s end user and is where design thinking overlaps with the human-centered design process.

“Solutions-based” means that the process focuses on identifying potential solutions to a problem rather than the problem itself. This slight, yet crucial, distinction can enable you to avoid preconceived notions of how to solve problems.

Four stages of the design thinking process

There are four stages of the design thinking process :

  • Clarify : Observe users and reframe a problem to gain deeper insights into what they need.
  • Ideate : Generate innovative ideas to fulfill users’ needs; no idea is too far-fetched.
  • Develop : Combine ideas into concepts and test each with early prototypes.
  • Implement : Effectively communicate an innovation’s value to stakeholders and put a solution into action.

Learning design thinking can be an asset to your career, whether you want to advance within your organization or make a change. Here are six ways you can accelerate your career by learning design thinking.

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6 Career Benefits of Design Thinking

1. develop new products that meet customer needs and drive revenue.

With design thinking skills comes the ability to develop product innovations that add value to customers’ lives and drive revenue for your firm.

Because design thinking is so user-centric, innovative products, by definition, add value to customers’ lives. This can increase sales and improve revenue, customer satisfaction, net promoter score, and referral rates.

Using design thinking, you can continually iterate on existing products and create new ones that meet customer pain points as they arise—leading to greater business performance over time. This kind of business impact can help you pursue promotions and career moves.

2. Gain a Deep Understanding of Customers

Design thinking’s user-centric approach requires you to deeply understand customers’ motivations, fears, dreams for the future, daily habits, and pain points. Developing empathy for the people who use your product allows you to innovate for their actual needs rather than what you think they need.

This deep level of customer understanding that design thinking imparts is useful for professionals in any industry, including:

  • Marketers , who can leverage it to meet potential customers in the correct stage of the user journey and develop content they’ll derive value from
  • Sales professionals , who can use it to advocate for why a product is the right fit for a potential customer
  • Customer service representatives , who can use it to anticipate and respond to customer needs in real time
  • Information technology professionals , who can leverage it to create an optimized user experience from a technology perspective

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3. Save Time, Money, and Effort

Design thinking can streamline the innovation process, making it a purposeful, efficient part of daily operations. A single, efficient process for innovating can save time, money, and effort compared to running on a trial-and-error basis.

While failures and mistakes are an expected part of testing ideas and product iterations, design thinking accounts for these and makes them part of the process with actionable next steps.

For employees or job candidates, the ability to innovate with a positive return on investment is invaluable.

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4. Gain a Competitive Edge in the Job Market

If you’re a job seeker, it's a critical time to invest in design thinking skills. According to data from Emsi Burning Glass, job postings requiring design thinking skills significantly increased from December 2020 to December 2021.

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Not only are there more jobs requiring design thinking skills, but those that do offer higher average salaries than those that don’t. It can literally pay off to be well-versed in design thinking.

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For example, job postings for marketing manager positions that don’t list design thinking as a required skill offer a median salary of $107,900. Postings for the role that require design thinking offer a median salary of $133,900—a 24 percent increase.

5. Overcome Cognitive Fixedness

One of the key tenants of design thinking is overcoming cognitive fixedness —the state of mind in which one consciously or unconsciously assumes there’s only one way to interpret or approach a situation.

Design thinking requires breaking out of cognitive fixedness when looking at your product (“What else could this product do?”) and when considering potential solutions to problems (“It’s always been solved this way. What if we tried this instead?”).

Like a muscle, overcoming cognitive fixedness becomes easier the more you do it. By using design thinking to guide your work, you can practice out-of-the-box thinking and excel in any problem-solving scenario.

6. Lead a Team Toward Innovation

Paired with leadership skills , an intimate knowledge of the design thinking process can enable you to lead innovation within your organization.

With one streamlined framework, you can empower your team to take ownership of each part of the process, work together to pool knowledge and diverse perspectives, and track and measure tangible results.

Leading this process can prove to be an asset for your firm and set you up for career advancement.

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To learn how to apply design thinking to your organization, consider taking an online course. Design Thinking and Innovation provides instruction on key frameworks and concepts, as well as hands-on opportunities to apply your knowledge to examples from your life.

When it comes down to it, the best way to build design thinking skills is by practicing with real-world situations.

“There’s only one way to learn design thinking,” Datar says. “You have to jump in.”

Are you interested in learning more about design thinking? Explore our seven-week online course Design Thinking and Innovation —one of our entrepreneurship and innovation courses —to discover how to use design thinking principles and innovative problem-solving tools to help you and your business succeed.

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What is Design Thinking and Why Is It So Popular?

Design Thinking is not an exclusive property of designers—all great innovators in literature, art, music, science, engineering, and business have practiced it. So, why call it Design Thinking? What’s special about Design Thinking is that designers’ work processes can help us systematically extract, teach, learn and apply these human-centered techniques to solve problems in a creative and innovative way—in our designs, in our businesses, in our countries, in our lives.

Some of the world’s leading brands, such as Apple, Google and Samsung, rapidly adopted the design thinking approach, and leading universities around the world teach the related methodology—including Stanford, Harvard, Imperial College London and the Srishti Institute in India. Before you incorporate design thinking into your own workflows, you need to know what it is and why it’s so popular. Here, we’ll cut to the chase and tell you what design thinking is all about and why it’s so in demand.

What is Design Thinking?

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Design thinking is an iterative and non-linear process that contains five phases: 1. Empathize , 2. Define, 3. Ideate, 4. Prototype and 5. Test.

Design thinking is an iterative process in which you seek to understand your users, challenge assumptions , redefine problems and create innovative solutions which you can prototype and test. The overall goal is to identify alternative strategies and solutions that are not instantly apparent with your initial level of understanding.

Design thinking is more than just a process; it opens up an entirely new way to think, and it offers a collection of hands-on methods to help you apply this new mindset.

In essence, design thinking:

Revolves around a deep interest to understand the people for whom we design products and services.

Helps us observe and develop empathy with the target users.

Enhances our ability to question: in design thinking you question the problem, the assumptions and the implications.

Proves extremely useful when you tackle problems that are ill-defined or unknown.

Involves ongoing experimentation through sketches , prototypes, testing and trials of new concepts and ideas.

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In this video, Don Norman , the Grandfather of Human-Centered Design , explains how the approach and flexibility of design thinking can help us tackle major global challenges.

What Are the 5 Phases of Design Thinking?

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Design thinking is an iterative and non-linear process that contains five phases: 1. Empathize, 2. Define, 3. Ideate, 4. Prototype and 5. Test. You can carry these stages out in parallel, repeat them and circle back to a previous stage at any point in the process.

The core purpose of the process is to allow you to work in a dynamic way to develop and launch innovative ideas.

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Design thinking is an iterative and non-linear process that contains five phases: 1. Empathize, 2. Define, 3. Ideate, 4. Prototype and 5. Test.

Design Thinking Makes You Think Outside the Box

Design thinking can help people do out-of-the-box or outside-the-box thinking. People who use this methodology:

Attempt to develop new ways of thinking —ways that do not abide by the dominant or more common problem-solving methods.

Have the intention to improve products, services and processes. They seek to analyze and understand how users interact with products to investigate the conditions in which they operate.

Ask significant questions and challenge assumptions. One element of outside-the-box / out-of-the-box thinking is to falsify previous assumptions—i.e., make it possible to prove whether they’re valid or not.

As you can see, design thinking offers us a means to think outside the box and also dig that bit deeper into problem-solving. It helps us carry out the right kind of research, create prototypes and test our products and services to uncover new ways to meet our users’ needs.

The Grand Old Man of User Experience , Don Norman, who also coined the very term User Experience , explains what Design Thinking is and what’s so special about it:

“…the more I pondered the nature of design and reflected on my recent encounters with engineers, business people and others who blindly solved the problems they thought they were facing without question or further study, I realized that these people could benefit from a good dose of design thinking. Designers have developed a number of techniques to avoid being captured by too facile a solution. They take the original problem as a suggestion, not as a final statement, then think broadly about what the real issues underlying this problem statement might really be (for example by using the " Five Whys " approach to get at root causes). Most important of all, is that the process is iterative and expansive. Designers resist the temptation to jump immediately to a solution to the stated problem. Instead, they first spend time determining what the basic, fundamental (root) issue is that needs to be addressed. They don't try to search for a solution until they have determined the real problem, and even then, instead of solving that problem, they stop to consider a wide range of potential solutions. Only then will they finally converge upon their proposal. This process is called "Design Thinking." — Don Norman, Rethinking Design Thinking

Design Thinking is for Everybody

How many people are involved in the design process when your organization decides to create a new product or service? Teams that build products are often composed of people from a variety of different departments. For this reason, it can be difficult to develop, categorize and organize ideas and solutions for the problems you try to solve. One way you can keep a project on track, and organize the core ideas, is to use a design thinking approach—and everybody can get involved in that!

Tim Brown, CEO of the celebrated innovation and design firm IDEO, emphasizes this in his successful book Change by Design when he says design thinking techniques and strategies belong at every level of a business.

Design thinking is not only for designers but also for creative employees, freelancers and leaders who seek to infuse it into every level of an organization. This widespread adoption of design thinking will drive the creation of alternative products and services for both business and society.

“Design thinking begins with skills designers have learned over many decades in their quest to match human needs with available technical resources within the practical constraints of business. By integrating what is desirable from a human point of view with what is technologically feasible and economically viable, designers have been able to create the products we enjoy today. Design thinking takes the next step, which is to put these tools into the hands of people who may have never thought of themselves as designers and apply them to a vastly greater range of problems.” — Tim Brown, Change by Design, Introduction

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Design thinking techniques and strategies belong at every level of a business. You should involve colleagues from a wide range of departments to create a cross-functional team that can utilize knowledge and experience from different specialisms.

Tim Brown also shows how design thinking is not just for everybody—it’s about everybody, too. The process is firmly based on how you can generate a holistic and empathic understanding of the problems people face. Design thinking involves ambiguous, and inherently subjective, concepts such as emotions, needs, motivations and drivers of behavior .

In a solely scientific approach (for example, analyzing data), people are reduced to representative numbers, devoid of emotions. Design thinking, on the other hand, considers both quantitative as well as qualitative dimensions to gain a more complete understanding of user needs . For example, you might observe people performing a task such as shopping for groceries, and you might talk to a few shoppers who feel frustrated with the checkout process at the store (qualitative data). You can also ask them how many times a week they go shopping or feel a certain way at the checkout counter (quantitative data). You can then combine these data points to paint a holistic picture of user pain points, needs and problems.

Tim Brown sums up that design thinking provides a third way to look at problems. It’s essentially a problem-solving approach that has crystallized in the field of design to combine a holistic user-centered perspective with rational and analytical research—all with the goal to create innovative solutions.

“Design thinking taps into capacities we all have but that are overlooked by more conventional problem-solving practices. It is not only human-centered; it is deeply human in and of itself. Design thinking relies on our ability to be intuitive, to recognize patterns, to construct ideas that have emotional meaning as well as functionality, to express ourselves in media other than words or symbols. Nobody wants to run a business based on feeling, intuition, and inspiration, but an overreliance on the rational and the analytical can be just as dangerous. The integrated approach at the core of the design process suggests a ‘third way.’” — Tim Brown, Change by Design, Introduction

Design Thinking Has a Scientific Side

Design thinking is both an art and a science. It combines investigations into ambiguous elements of the problem with rational and analytical research —the scientific side in other words. This magical concoction reveals previously unknown parameters and helps to uncover alternative strategies which lead to truly innovative solutions.

The scientific activities analyze how users interact with products, and investigate the conditions in which they operate. They include tasks which:

Research users’ needs.

Pool experience from previous projects.

Consider present and future conditions specific to the product.

Test the parameters of the problem.

Test the practical application of alternative problem solutions.

Once you arrive at a number of potential solutions, the selection process is then underpinned by rationality. As a designer, you are encouraged to analyze and falsify these solutions to arrive at the best available option for each problem or obstacle identified during phases of the design process.

With this in mind, it may be more correct to say design thinking is not about thinking outside the box, but on its edge, its corner, its flap, and under its bar code—as Clint Runge put it.

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Clint Runge is Founder and Managing Director of Archrival, a distinguished youth marketing agency, and adjunct Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Resetting Our Mental Boxes and Developing a Fresh Mindset

Thinking outside of the box can provide an innovative solution to a sticky problem. However, thinking outside of the box can be a real challenge as we naturally develop patterns of thinking that are modeled on the repetitive activities and commonly accessed knowledge we surround ourselves with.

Some years ago, an incident occurred where a truck driver tried to pass under a low bridge. But he failed, and the truck was lodged firmly under the bridge. The driver was unable to continue driving through or reverse out.

The story goes that as the truck became stuck, it caused massive traffic problems, which resulted in emergency personnel, engineers, firefighters and truck drivers gathering to devise and negotiate various solutions for dislodging the trapped vehicle.

Emergency workers were debating whether to dismantle parts of the truck or chip away at parts of the bridge. Each spoke of a solution that fitted within his or her respective level of expertise.

A boy walking by and witnessing the intense debate looked at the truck, at the bridge, then looked at the road and said nonchalantly, “Why not just let the air out of the tires?” to the absolute amazement of all the specialists and experts trying to unpick the problem.

When the solution was tested, the truck was able to drive free with ease, having suffered only the damage caused by its initial attempt to pass underneath the bridge. The story symbolizes the struggles we face where oftentimes the most obvious solutions are the ones hardest to come by because of the self-imposed constraints we work within.

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It’s often difficult for us humans to challenge our assumptions and everyday knowledge because we rely on building patterns of thinking in order to not have to learn everything from scratch every time. We rely on doing everyday processes more or less unconsciously—for example, when we get up in the morning, eat, walk, and read—but also when we assess challenges at work and in our private lives. In particular, experts and specialists rely on their solid thought patterns, and it can be very challenging and difficult for experts to start questioning their knowledge.

Stories Have the Power to Inspire

Why did we tell you this story about the truck and the bridge? Well, it’s because stories can help us inspire opportunities, ideas and solutions. Stories are framed around real people and their lives and are important because they’re accounts of specific events, not general statements. They provide us with concrete details which help us imagine solutions to particular problems.

Stories also help you develop the eye of a designer. As you walk around the world, you should try to look for the design stories that are all around you. Say to yourself “that’s an example of great design” or “that's an example of really bad design ” and try to figure out the reasons why.

When you come across something particularly significant, make sure you document it either through photos or video. This will prove beneficial not only to you and your design practice but also to others—your future clients, maybe.

The Take Away

Design Thinking: A Non-Linear process. Empathy helps define problem, Prototype sparks a new idea, tests reveal insights that redefine the problem, tests create new ideas for project, learn about users (empathize) through testing

Design Thinking is an iterative and non-linear process. This simply means that the design team continuously uses their results to review, question and improve their initial assumptions, understandings and results. Results from the final stage of the initial work process inform our understanding of the problem, help us determine the parameters of the problem, enable us to redefine the problem, and, perhaps most importantly, provide us with new insights so we can see any alternative solutions that might not have been available with our previous level of understanding.

Design thinking is a non-linear, iterative process that consists of 5 phases: 1. Empathize, 2. Define, 3. Ideate, 4. Prototype and 5. Test. You can carry out the stages in parallel, repeat them and circle back to a previous stage at any point in the process—you don’t have to follow them in order.

It’s a process that digs a bit deeper into problem-solving as you seek to understand your users, challenge assumptions and redefine problems. The design thinking process has both a scientific and artistic side to it, as it asks us to understand and challenge our natural, restrictive patterns of thinking and generate innovative solutions to the problems our users face.

Design thinking is essentially a problem-solving approach that has the intention to improve products. It helps you assess and analyze known aspects of a problem and identify the more ambiguous or peripheral factors that contribute to the conditions of a problem. This contrasts with a more scientific approach where the concrete and known aspects are tested in order to arrive at a solution.

The iterative and ideation -oriented nature of design thinking means we constantly question and acquire knowledge throughout the process. This helps us redefine a problem so we can identify alternative strategies and solutions that aren’t instantly apparent with our initial level of understanding.

Design thinking is often referred to as outside-the-box thinking, as designers attempt to develop new ways of thinking that do not abide by the dominant or more common problem-solving methods—just like artists do.

The design thinking process has become increasingly popular over the last few decades because it was key to the success of many high-profile, global organizations. This outside-the-box thinking is now taught at leading universities across the world and is encouraged at every level of business.

“The ‘Design Thinking’ label is not a myth. It is a description of the application of well-tried design process to new challenges and opportunities, used by people from both design and non-design backgrounds. I welcome the recognition of the term and hope that its use continues to expand and be more universally understood, so that eventually every leader knows how to use design and design thinking for innovation and better results.” — Bill Moggridge, co-founder of IDEO, in Design Thinking: Dear Don

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References & Where to Learn More

Enroll in our engaging course, “Design Thinking: The Ultimate Guide”

Here are some examples of good and bad designs to inspire you to look for examples in your daily life.

Read this informative article “What Is Design Thinking, and How Can SMBs Accomplish It?” by Jackie Dove.

Read this insightful article “Rethinking Design Thinking” by Don Norman.

Check out Tim Brown’s book “Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation Introduction,” 2009.

Learn more about Design Thinking in the article “Design Thinking: Dear Don” by Bill Moggridge.

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Critical thinking is a method of analyzing ideas, concepts or data collected to evaluate the situation from different perspectives and arrive at an unbiased optimum solution. A critical thinker can anticipate the consequences of certain actions in advance. A researcher with the competency to critically think can reflect, think independently, stay objective, problem solve to deduce a solution. Therefore, critical thinking requires self-actuated discipline and correction to get one step closer to the solution iteratively.

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Most research methods require experienced or trained researchers to define the design specifications for a project. The researcher employs different methods to collect data, analyze it and arrive at the solution that addresses user needs and expectations. One of the most important competencies that a researcher must have in order to arrive at an optimum solution is the ability to critically think and analyze.

Critical Thinking can also help identify gaps in reasoning and assumptions. Although, design researchers are expected to have this competency independently, critical thinking promotes group ideation and task execution as well. Though, it shouldn’t be seen as an opportunity to criticize someone else’s ideas or work.  In that sense, the objective of critical thinking is to strengthen a theory, process, product or service and not to find unnecessary faults to ensure that the ideas or processes collapse. A mature critical thinker can define project goals, define timelines, set expectations, manage expectations, handle conflicts and work collaboratively with a team to accomplish the project goals. It is more and more evident that critical thinking, even though not given its due importance in organizations, is a critical competency that cannot be undermined.

Critical Thinking vs. Design Thinking

It is also important to discuss the difference between Design Thinking and Critical Thinking. Design Thinking is a process that involves stages of observation/interaction, empathy, problem formulation, solution deduction, testing, alteration and reiteration. Here, Critical Thinking is a part of every stage of the Design Thinking process. Essentially, effective Design Thinking cannot take place in the absence of critical or creative thinking. There is also a common misconception that critical and creative thinking are distinct from each other. 

However, critical thinking requires some form as well as level of creativity. Critical and creative thinking go hand-in-hand and cannot be separated or distinguished using any formal criteria.

Advantages of Critical Thinking

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Critical thinking is an important component that comes into play at every stage of the design thinking process .

2. Creative Problem Solving

Critical Thinking is not just rational and based on a set of logical rules. There is plenty of room for solid creativity to play a significant role in the critical thinking process .

3. Reflection

Critical thinking promotes independent and reflective thinking in the researcher to question and evaluate the solutions they have devised and reiterate for an optimum solution .

4. Objectivity

Effective use of this method ensures objectivity and therefore doesn’t leave much scope for biases .

5. Applications

Critical thinking is a competency and method that is applicable in all projects irrespective of the type of solution expected .

Disadvantages of Critical Thinking

1. researcher can introduce unnecessary complexity.

Too much thinking can also be detrimental to a project. Some researchers can complicate an otherwise simple project by overthinking critical and pose questions when not required .

2. Expensive researcher

A mature Critical thinking researcher can be very expensive for a low budget project. However, Critical thinking is not a competency that is extremely difficult to master .

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It is difficult to separate reasoning from thinking and hence, this is the best context to introduce the three reasoning types: Deductive, Inductive and Abductive.

Deductive reasoning

Deductive reasoning starts with the assertion of a general rule and ends up in a guaranteed specific conclusion.

Inductive reasoning

Inductive reasoning begins with observations that are specific and ends up with a conclusion that is likely but not certain.

Abductive reasoning

Abductive reasoning starts with an incomplete set of observations and ends up with a most likely explanation.

It is believed that Design, in general is an activity that can complement abductive reasoning; that it is not very essential in the process of Design to come up with deductive or inductive reasoning. However, we wouldn’t want to generalize this at this moment but would suggest that proceeding with abductive reasoning saves a lot of time and effort if that is the objective.

Critical Thinking, when coupled with the types of reasoning above, can generate magical results. It is therefore advised to employ Critical thinking in situations where we may need abductive reasoning skills… There are chances we over-complicate things if we indulge in Critical thinking when we have clear conclusions or clear observations (Deductive and Inductive).

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As sustainability tops the agenda for many global companies, it’s no secret that green business is good business. In response to the climate crisis, the UN Sustainable Development Goals are a call to action for governments and business leaders globally.

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Date: 23 rd February 2022 at 9.00 am

An online workshop was conducted for the faculty and 1 st year students of various streams of engineering to educate them and highlight the importance of Design thinking, critical thinking and Innovation Design. Innovation with design thinking demands critical thinking because we must understand our assumptions that frame our ideas and shape our design.

As our world becomes more and more digital, it’s not the first click that counts – it’s what happens after that first click.By blending design thinking with critical thinking, we foster innovation that delivers customer-centric solutions.This mindset is crucial to the success of design thinking because its universal applications are a key driver for creating opportunities for both new and old solutions, no matter if they are internal- or customer-facing

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  • To highlight the concepts of Design Thinking, Critical Thinking & Innovation Design.
  • To provide a social and thinking space for the recognition of innovation challenges and

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  • To provide an opportunity for students to understand the importance of designing innovative and desirable products, services or experiences that reflect all three aspects.
  • To immerse students and faculty into the world of innovation as a systematic process of tackling relevant business and/or social problems

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Amity University Haryana organized a webinar "Design Thinking, Critical Thinking and Innovation Design" on 24th Feburary 2022 with an industry expert Ms. Ekta Jafrim, Design Director, IBM iX. Normal 0 false false false EN-IN X-NONE X-NONE This special CC/Expert talk session is conducted on online interactive platform on Zoom, Cisco Webex app. The expert  sessions have been continuing on online dispensation, an innovative initiation by ABS, AUH ; in order to  keep Management students aligned and engaged with their academic and Industry Integration with expert perspective objectives .

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The interactive session on Innovative Design and Critical Thinking session by Ms. Ekta Jafri, Design Director, IBM IX , is initiated by student anchor introduction and opening remarks by Dr. Ranjana, Faculty Coordinator of the session followed of opening speech by Prof.(Dr.) Vikas Madhukar, Dy PVC, AUH, wherein he highlighted the significance of Innovative Product Design processes and critical thinking, necessary for entrepreneurship development and managerial efficiency.

Ms. Ekta Jafri elaborated extensively on the process of innovation in product development, wherein she underscored the significance of Principles, the loop and keys which leads to development of value-set, keeping product utilities in perspective. She further explained the value idea in the form of principles be observed, reflect upon and finally to make it; keeping the product utility and customer in focus. The making of design must reflect the value-set with which the designs are developed and be in prototype form. The user interaction and technological sophistication form the research base and its making depends on adherence to value-set, defined for the product. This forms the critical thinking process creating the continuous loop of observe-reflect-make process.

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  1. What is Design Thinking?

    Design thinking is a non-linear, iterative process that teams use to understand users, challenge assumptions, redefine problems and create innovative solutions to prototype and test. It is most useful to tackle ill-defined or unknown problems and involves five phases: Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype and Test.

  2. Design thinking, explained

    Design thinking is an innovative problem-solving process rooted in a set of skills.The approach has been around for decades, but it only started gaining traction outside of the design community after the 2008 Harvard Business Review article [subscription required] titled "Design Thinking" by Tim Brown, CEO and president of design company IDEO.

  3. What Is Design Thinking & Why Is It Important?

    Design thinking is a mindset and approach to problem-solving and innovation anchored around human-centered design. While it can be traced back centuries—and perhaps even longer—it gained traction in the modern business world after Tim Brown, CEO and president of design company IDEO, published an article about it in the Harvard Business Review .

  4. Why Design Thinking Works

    Design thinking provides a structured process that helps innovators break free of counterproductive tendencies that thwart innovation. Like TQM, it is a social technology that blends practical ...

  5. Design Thinking: New Innovative Thinking for New Problems

    To solve these new, complex problems, Design Thinking steps in with a bold and newly systematised, non-linear human-centred approach. Design Thinking allows us to adopt a human-centred perspective in creating innovative solutions while also integrating logic and research. In order to embrace Design Thinking and innovation, we need to ensure ...

  6. Design thinking: Critical analysis and future evolution

    The importance of design as a source of value creation has been studied for decades. In the late 90s, however, a specific approach in the practice of design achieved a rapid diffusion across organizations: Design Thinking. This is a formal method for creative problem solving characterized by user-centeredness, ideation, and iterative prototyping.

  7. Design Thinking and Innovation

    Course description. Design Thinking and Innovation, through Harvard Business School (HBS) Online, equips current and aspiring innovation managers with the design thinking principles and innovative problem-solving tools to solve business challenges and guide their organization's strategy. The course features five weeks of course content and ...

  8. Design Thinking Course

    Degree: Other; Certificate in Design Thinking and Innovation Field of Study: Leave blank Grade: "Complete" Activities and Societies: Leave blank. Description: Design Thinking and Innovation is a 7-week, 40-hour online certificate program from Harvard Business School.

  9. Mapping the Relationship Between Critical Thinking and Design Thinking

    Critical thinking has been a longstanding goal of education, while design thinking has gradually emerged as a popular method for supporting entrepreneurship, innovation, and problem solving in modern business. While some scholars have posited that design thinking may support critical thinking, empirical research examining the relationship between these two modes of thinking is lacking because ...

  10. Why Learn Design Thinking? 6 Career Benefits

    By using design thinking to guide your work, you can practice out-of-the-box thinking and excel in any problem-solving scenario. 6. Lead a Team Toward Innovation. Paired with leadership skills, an intimate knowledge of the design thinking process can enable you to lead innovation within your organization.

  11. Innovation By Design

    If an "innovation" is measured by the positive impact of changes in a context, then we must include all the events that led to these changes: it is more than a neatly defined "new thing".As such, the value of an innovation is more than the sum of its constituents, and amongst other things, it lies in the relationships & interactions with its context (social, economic, technological, etc.).

  12. What is Design Thinking and how does it create innovation?

    Design Thinking is only the beginning—. Design Thinking is a process for achieving creative innovation by focusing on the customer's needs. But it does not generate innovation all on its own. At the end of the day, it is a roadmap, and getting to the destination depends on the designer. It is also less of a straightforward guide and more of ...

  13. What is Design Thinking and Why Is It So Popular?

    The core purpose of the process is to allow you to work in a dynamic way to develop and launch innovative ideas. Design thinking is an iterative and non-linear process that contains five phases: 1. Empathize, 2. Define, 3. Ideate, 4. Prototype and 5. Test.

  14. Design Thinking the Future: Critical Perspectives on Design Studies

    A few reputable institutes, such as IDEO and Stanford d.school, are known for advocating methodical approaches to implementing design thinking to attain product innovation. The usability of design thinking has widened its reach to other organizations such as corporations, services firms, and schools (Kolko, 2015).

  15. Design thinking for innovation: Composition, consequence, and

    1. Introduction. Design thinking, defined as a design-based approach to solving human problems, is increasingly used for innovation. Firms as diverse as IBM, Google, Pepsico, and Bank of America are applying design thinking to create new products and services aimed at delighting customers and growing sales (Gruber, de Leon, George, & Thompson, 2015). ...

  16. Design thinking implementation for innovation: An organization's

    Implementing design thinking for innovation (DTI) is seen as a way to balance exploration and exploitation, and thus attain an ambidextrous innovation portfolio. Yet, transitioning to ambidexterity is challenging, and is often met with inertia. ... We thus contribute to the limited design thinking research on the role of cognition in DTI ...

  17. Critical Thinking

    1. Design Thinking. Critical thinking is an important component that comes into play at every stage of the design thinking process. 2. Creative Problem Solving. Critical Thinking is not just rational and based on a set of logical rules. There is plenty of room for solid creativity to play a significant role in the critical thinking process. 3.

  18. Falling in Love With Problems Worth Solving: Tackling the Climate

    Harnessing design thinking for innovation. Design thinking quite literally means thinking like a designer. It involves using creative thinking to approach complex customer problems from different angles—truly thinking outside of the box. It is a human-centered, collaborative, and iterative approach to problem-solving.

  19. Innovation With Design Thinking Demands Critical Thinking

    By blending design thinking with critical thinking, we foster innovation that delivers customer-centric solutions. This mindset is crucial to the success of design thinking because its universal ...

  20. Workshop on Design Thinking, Critical Thinking & Innovation Design

    Organized by: Department of Civil Engineering Event Name: "Workshop on Design Thinking, Critical Thinking & Innovation Design" Mode of Conduction: Online (Google meet) Date: 23 rd February 2022 at 9.00 am An online workshop was conducted for the faculty and 1 st year students of various streams of engineering to educate them and highlight the importance of Design thinking, critical ...

  21. Design Thinking, Critical Thinking & Innovation Design

    39. How to categorize innovation Innovation can be either a new product, service or business model that uses completely new or existing technology in a new or existing market. Most innovations belong to several categories and the categories also overlap. Thus, the point of categorization is just to provide you with different ways to look at, and approach, innovation.

  22. Design Thinking, Critical Thinking and Innovation Design : Ms. Ekta Jafri

    Amity University Haryana organized a webinar "Design Thinking, Critical Thinking and Innovation Design" on 24th Feburary 2022 with an industry expert Ms. Ekta Jafrim, Design Director, IBM iX. This special CC/Expert talk session is conducted on online interactive platform on Zoom, Cisco Webex app. The expert sessions have been continuing on ...

  23. PDF th REPORT OF WORKSHOP ON DESIGN THINKING, CRITICAL THINKING and

    The speaker focused on the five-stage Design Thinking model. The five stages of Design Thinking, according to him are Empathize, Define (the problem), Ideate, Prototype, and Test. Innovation with design thinking demands critical thinking because we must understand our assumptions that frame our ideas and shape our design. Let's take this a step ...

  24. Design Thinking, Critical thinking and Innovation Design

    Design Thinking, Critical thinking and Innovation Design. 21/01/2022 - 20/01/2022. The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Karunya IIC are Jointly Organizing a webinar on "Design Thinking, Critical thinking and Innovation Design" on 21st January 2022 at 11 am on the G-Meet platform.

  25. Full article: Critical Factors to Consider When Designing an Innovation

    Until the ISO 56002 standard was released in 2019, there was no international standard for the design of innovation management systems. The standard provides support as a framework and highlights important systems elements. ... (Eisenhardt Citation 1989) in order to draw conclusions on critical considerations in the design of an innovation ...

  26. Evaluation of Instrument Design to Explore China's Virtual Learning

    This research looks at the design, validation, and usability of a survey questionnaire to examine the influence of Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) on critical thinking among Chinese university students. The significance of critical thinking in the digital age, as well as the increasing integration of VLEs into China's educational system, particularly after COVID-19, highlight the study's ...