What is Design Thinking?

Design Thinking is a human-centered approach to creative problem solving. It involves a variety of different methodologies and skillsets designed to allow teams to work collaboratively to create solutions that best meet the needs of their users. Many of these methods have been created and refined over the past few decades and are broadly used at many of the worlds most innovative and successful companies.


Why it matters

The sweet spot of innovation

Problem solving in life sciences has typically relied on dated methodology that is much more designed to minimize risk rather than create good solutions. In the PhUSE CSS, we see design thinking as new way that can progress the life sciences industry forward and help us tackle long-standing challenges.


To get a more complete view of design thinking, this short video provides an introduction from designers at IBM, the worlds largest design company.

Educational Resources

The Educating for the Future Design Thinking project team has compiled a set of resources for the community to learn more about Design Thinking methods and how they can be applied. The following sections contain educational materials in various formats in order to cater to individual learning styles. Below, you will also find a link to facilitation resources if you ever want to try your hand at becoming a DT facilitator yourself!

The Process

In Person Training

Online Training





Facilitation Resources