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Ingredients of a Design Thinking

Design Thinking- characteristics from a way of life we often have forgotten?

How enlighting it was to discover that Design Thinking, a method and a mindset totally new to me, was in the end, at least to me, very similar process and way of thinking, as what it is to being just a human being at its most courageous ways.

But for sure, it is not simple. Nor it is supposed to be. That would be boring.

Human existence is about falling and getting up. From the day one we enter the word. It´s planned that we should learn something during this process so that when getting up we´d know what to do differently to avoid falling again for the same reason. This lifetime learning requires huge cognitive processing: thinking, “prototyping” and experimenting.
In order to grow and get wiser within this process we also need other people around us reflecting ourselves (preferably with different backgrounds), as well as encouraging, safe, inspirational surroundings where to do this lifelong mental gymnastics.

Surprisingly this all applies to rather many characteristics on what it is to be a Design Thinker conducting Design Thinking.

Me, A Designer?- yep…for sure.

When I first stepped into the Design Thinking- course (August 2015), held by lecturers Dr. Katja Tschimmel and Mariana Valenca, I had doubts that how I could at any point be considered as a Design Thinker, which I immediately assimilated with professional designers and artists.

It soon become clear that Design Thinking is not about making us all designers, nor it is only a cognitive process, but it is an effective toolkit for any innovation process (Tschimmel, 2012). More over it is very human process which requires abilities we all have for sure, but which are so often overlooked (or forgotten) by more conventional ways!

Tim Brown (2009) nails the very basic idea:”Design Thinking is a set of principles that can be applied by diverse people to a wide range of problems”.

What a relief! -That does not sound bad at all. I can do that- right?

How to do this, really?

Next thing what I learned was, that there are very many different models of how Design Thinking process can be done, how the process can be visualized and what methods to use in each step, e.g:

Oh dear! What to choose? Which tools to use? – Help!

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