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Design Thinking –and quite a lot of doing

Throw-back Saturday. Sitting by my lap-top trying to find ways and words to describe my thoughts on last weekends’ Design Thinking -course. What are main learnings I took home from the weekend and what are the ideas I still carry with me after getting familiar with the recommended literature* on the topic? I grouped the outcome into three main themes; Group dynamics, Design processes and various models, Characteristics of a designer.

Outcome grouped

The two-day intensive course started off as it was to continue,
fast and intensive. 20170916_135752Right after the opening words, we were to get to know one another through inspiring bingo-game to find a person with the right feature. I got pretty close…
Another fun exercise was to play with the Mindshake Design Thinking cards to identify, pair and cluster the design techniques with the corresponding design actions. It was interesting to notice how quickly the groups started to work on the task productively without really knowing one another. Here’s a mini video-clip I took from my team in action. 😊

At least to me, these exercises managed to proof the importance of team-work (you could’ve not managed to fill in the paper without getting and giving help), point out the heterogeneous nature of our group (diversity is a strong asset in a design team), and strengthen our group dynamics from the very beginning.

All these warming up tasks prepared us for the bigger teamwork that was to follow. We were given a design case to work on by following the Evolution62 -model, which at times turned out to be not so clear. However, after refining our concept for several times we finally managed to come up with a brilliant idea and an applicable concept I still am proud of today. To get an idea on our design process journey, check the evidence. 😉 Continue reading

Work and play – a possible combination?

I have always been puzzled by my somewhat selective memory. It seems that for exams at the University I was always able to remember the way the page looked, instead of the text that I should have remembered since I read the book. So, after a lot of trial and error I have come to the conclusion that I have a picture memory. Since I started working Post-it notes have been my best friend, but earlier I didn’t understand why. Now I do.

Design Thinking is all about visualizing your thoughts
Our SID journey started during the first days of September with a course in Design Thinking. Already when I stepped in, I could feel I was in a room filled with multidisciplinary talent but similar thought. Post-its and legos could be seen lying around. It felt like home. Since the world of Design Thinking must be experienced hands-on, we didn’t waste a lot of time taking but started to exercise our mind according to the teachings of Design Thinking.

In the essence of Design Thinking I will not go through in words what Design Thinking is, instead please have a look at my mind map below. This mind map is a summary of the material I have read for this assignment by Tim Brown and Katja Tschimmel.

IMG_2386To be fair, here is a short explanation:
To give a brief summary of how I feel about Design Thinking is that it is a method that uses methods used in design to visualize a thought or a process. Design Thinking is not directed at the designers alone, the core of the method is in its way of uniting a multidisciplinary team around the same challenge. To be able to express your thoughts in a divergent, creative and visual way, regardless of whom you are sitting with, is the basis of the method.

Design Thinking is done
As mentioned earlier, Design Thinking must be done, it can’t be read about. During our session we utilized a Design Thinking tool (DT tool) called brainwriting. This is very all the post-it notes were pulled out and I felt at home. But to think in a divergent way was a bit tricky at first, since as a Manager you are used to solving problems and using convergent thinking. Our group also found it really hard not talking so much, since that is also something that is quite familiar to us all from the workplace. Our general assessment was that this is indeed a new way of thinking that requires some exercise.

From brainwriting we moved on to rapid prototyping. What a laugh we had with this one! Please see our prototype below.


Prototyping is a good way of making an idea or service into something concrete which in turn makes it easier to comment and build upon. This is also a great tool for “failing fast” so that you can converge in your ideation and spend your continued efforts on the greatest of ideas. But, as we learned, to have a few great ideas you first need to have a lot of ideas. If you don’t get the volume of ideas, you will never reach the top ones.

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