What is Design Thinking?
In a nutshell, Design Thinking is a human-centered approach to solving problems. It uses an organized method of defining the problem through observing and empathizing with the people who are impacted by it, generating multiple solutions, prototyping one of the solutions, and then testing it.
Design thinking is used in all industries from mechanical engineering, business, and healthcare to education, art, and design. In fact, many top universities offer Design Thinking courses as a supplement to their graduate programs.
Empathize - The ability to feel with someone instead of for someone through observation, interaction, and immersing yourself in their experiences.
Define - Organize the information gained through empathy to create a single human-centered statement that describes the nature of the problem.
Ideate - Explore a wide variety of possible solutions allowing you to step beyond the obvious and discover a range of ideas.
Prototype - Transforming ideas into low fidelity mock-ups of possible solutions.
Test - Allow out low fidelity prototypes to evolve into high-res solutions through trying and assessing.