The Secrets of Design Thinking

Design Thinking is made up of creative strategies that creators use to implement a perfect design process.

Steps to Design Thinking

  • Empathize
  • Define
  • Ideate
  • Prototype
  • Test


The first step is to interact and learn about users. Observing them will help establish a basis of what they think and feel. This helps you learn what they need in order find the problem. The problem can be exploited and found simply by putting yourself into other’s shoes.


This step is to reveal your findings of the users thoughts and needs. With the understanding of this, it will help you create or find the problem that needs to be evaluated. Your point of view is crucial during the define step to provide focused thoughts on the problem.


The goal of the idea step is to come up with unpredictable solutions to the problem. This step requires creative thinking and a wide variety of diverse ideas. Teams should have two separate sessions that are generating ideas and evaluating the ideas.


This step brings all your ideas together to create something in the physical world. It can be anything physical, but has to represent the solution to your problem. Allow it to have the ability to change and find different possibilities. The low cost and short time spent allows multiple tests on the prototype.


The testing step is a great way to get feedback from users, and implement corrections from the users’ criticism. You should approach the testing step as if you’re wrong, and to absorb all of users’ thoughts about it. This stage could also help if you have resulted in unsuccessful solutions, than your understanding of the problem is wrong.


Understanding the five stages of Design Thinking will establish diverse methods to solve complex problems that occur everywhere. The Design Thinking process is important to businesses developing a design to match with people’s needs, and implementing a flawless solution. Video that goes into more depth about Design Thinking