Five Innovative Ways to Describe the Design Thinking Process

by: Christopher Webb

Design Thinking is a method that is used by people everyday, to solve complex problems and ways to construct solutions for everyday situations. There are five steps everyday that people take in order to achieve their objectives; Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, Test.

Empathise

The first mode of use is empathise. It is commonly used to understand individuals thoughts. To empathise in design thinking, you must understand other human thoughts. This is often looked at as an observation period.

Define

The Define mode starts with the understanding of the empathise mode and how you gather that information. If the define stage is used effectively then you will be able to solve your problems with minimal effects.

Ideate

The third mode is ideate. During this stage you start to generate these ideas. This ideation process includes brainstorming and brain-writing. However, these are not always effective, it is always important to have a plan before you construct the results.

Prototype

The fourth mode is Prototype. During this stage this is where you produce scales of your product. The prototype method is usually where you determine improvements that need to be made in order to get where you can finalize your product.

Test

The fifth and final mode of design-thinking is test. As this mode concludes the version of your portfolio, it should all be complete. However that is not always the case; in some instances there can still be alterations made. This mode should show all of the results that you have received and gathered throughout this procedure.

“You should never be overwhelmed with the process, you should be happy with the results. Trust the process, as to it leads you to success.”-Bill Bellicheck

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