The Design Thinking Process

The most widely used methodology in design thinking was developed at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University, one of the premier schools for design thinking in the world. The process involves 5 steps that starts with understanding the people you are solving your problem for, and ends with putting prototypes of your ideas in from of actual users to help you evaluate your solutions. If you would like to dig in to the steps,

 
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Empathize

Understand the problem through interviews, observations, and direct engagement with the people you are solving for

 

Define

Using the information you collected, create a human-centered goal or problem statement and identify the major challenges to be tackled

 
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Ideate

Create new solutions the problem statement and major challenges that you have identified utilizing free-thinking exercises and decide as team which ideas best solve the problem

 

Prototype

Quickly create "good enough" versions of your ideas that represent your solution to the problem statement that you defined

 
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Test

Give your prototype to users and let them use it to help you understand how well your solution solves the problem you defined