The Design Thinking method is gaining popularity among companies, entrepreneurs, managers, and universities as a leading way to find better solutions, discover new opportunities and produce the innovations required by the real world of today.
During the two-days workshop led by Katja Tschimmel and Mariana Valença at the Laurea University’s Service Innovation and Design course, a set of different Techniques and Tools were presented as possibilities to be implemented when using the Design Thinking approach. For the practical exercise, we followed part of the Mindshake Design Thinking Model Evolution 62, developed by Tschimmel between 2012 and 2015.
Even tough the Techniques and Tools may vary and differ from each other, they all share the same core and objective, being an integrative approach with some steps (or spaces) through which a project will cycle several times as a result of a fast and iterative process.
In the article “Design Thinking as an effective Toolkit for Innovation”, Katja Tschimmel describes in detail each different Technique and Tool that we can apply in the process, but in the following lines, I mention the ten most used tools classified in relation to the step where each one is applied.