Design thinking is a human-centered approach for finding innovative real solutions to tough problems. Design Thinking combines the approaches of design, management and science to solving a wide range of tough problems. Focused on interacting with end users, understanding their needs, team collaboration, and prototyping, design thinking has been successfully applied in fields from design and architecture to management and medicine. It has been applied to develop innovative, products, services, experiences and systems and to solve complex social problems. Design Thinking has become a required skill for all working designers and managers. It has been adopted by thousands of companies of all sizes throughout the world. This course will introduce participants to the key skills and practices associated with design thinking and more than one hundred tools that can be used to inform design as well as how and when to apply these techniques through hands-on experiences in a range of disciplines. The 600 page textbook that you will receive was written by your instructor and has been specified in some of the world’s leading design schools, design consultancies, universities and organizations.Your instructor has authored six of the most widely used books on design thinking in the world and has designed products and services found in millions of homes and workplaces. For each phase of the design thinking process you’ll be introduced to a set of tools that you may apply on your own design problems and immersed in design thinking while in dialogue with your instructor and other students. Students will identify needs to address, research and synthesis information, brainstorm solutions, prototype and present their solutions using the professional design thinking framework.
“Look at problems first through the prism of users’ needs, research those needs with real people and then build prototype products quickly ” Lohr 2015.