Design Thinking?

Design Thinking is a term that has gained popularity over the last few years. From classrooms to corporate boardrooms, Design Thinking is being used as a strategy to solve problems through methodical processes, predefined by thinking formulas. When the term was introduced into the curriculum for a course I teach a few years ago, I was sceptical at first; simply due to the fact that it was a new buzzword that seemed to be flying around the interwebs and my Kindle’s suggested reading list. If you’re like me, and are thinking, Design Thinking… WTF? Here’s a short 4 minute intro… And if you’re into Fitbit or Apple watch, these guys are were way ahead of them! Check it out:

After watching that, like me you’re probably thinking, ‘So, that all sounds and looks awesome, but how can I use it in my classroom, around the boardroom etc. How can I actually facilitate Design Thinking?’

I’m going to be exploring this topic over the next few months, developing resources and iterating on design thinking strategies that are out there at the moment, and I’ll be uploading them to this very blog you’re reading right now!

To get started, if you’d like a freebie for your workspace or classroom, you can download my SCAMPER bunting below. Simply download the PDF, print them out, laminate them if you like, trim them and display. At first SCAMPER can be tricky, but with practice its a great tool to ¬†think differently about creative design options.

Download SCAMPER poster

One of the interesting things I’ve found about design thinking so far is that a tool such as SCAMPER can allow people who mightn’t consider themselves to be implicitly ‘creative’, to think about solving design problems in a creative way or look at potential solutions from different perspective.
Not everyone can be a creative genius like Da Vinci, but Design Thinking tools have the potential to give everyone a framework to be a creative problem solver… And that’s pretty cool!