Prototype — BYU Design Process

Part 1: Inspiration

Key Points

  • Understanding: Talk to experts and conduct research. The goal is to develop background knowledge through these experiences. They use their developing understandings as a springboard as they begin to address design challenges.
  • Observe: Watch how people behave and interact and they observe physical spaces and places. They talk to people about what they are doing, ask questions and reflect on what they see. The understanding and observation phases of design thinking help students develop a sense of empathy.
  • Point of View (POV): is a meaningful and actionable problem statement, which will allow you to ideate in a goal-oriented manner.


  1. Select a context you believe could be improved through the design process.
  2. Document how you gain an understanding and observe your chosen setting.
  3. Bring what you have learned together in a power POV statement.

View the example and resources below for additional help.

Challenge Example:

1. Local History Museums

  • Many local museums were founded in the 60’s and have struggled engaging younger generations.


POV Statement: “We are creating a database that links family trees to historical museum’s artifacts for USERS so that they can feel connected to the museum and have a reason to be engaged with it.”

Additional Resources:

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