5 Steps to Design Thinking

Design thinking is something everyone has done at one point in their lives, whether working on a group project or fixing something around their house; but the steps through the process can sometimes be unclear.

Step 1: Empathize

Empathizing during design thinking involves trying to understand the other person and how they think, feel, and interact in different environments. During this step, try to use your own experiences or experiences of others to better understand the situation you users are in.

Step 2: Define

Define the problem. Address the problem and think of it from your own point of view. Create a vision and start brainstorming to get others around you inspired about your design thinking.

Step 3: Ideate

In this step, come up with ideas and solutions to the problem. Think of numerous ideas and try to make them all different to cover a wide range of possible solutions through diversity.

Step 4: Prototype

This is the step you take all your ideas and try to come up with a solid solution. In order to find the correct solution, prototype. Try multiple solutions you thought of and use the best ones and see if they work to fix the problem.

Step 5: Test

This is the final step in which you take your ideas that worked and test them out. If your prototypes fail, try again and fix the mistake. Your final product will be worth all the failure to make it better.

With these 5 steps to design thinking, you will succeed in this process and become a better design thinker using empathizing, defining, ideating, prototyping, and testing.

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