Design, at its simplest, is about being intentional about the things we do and creating impact in the world.
You may have heard about Design Thinking but are still wondering what it really is. One post I read describes it simply as “a repeatable process for innovative problem solving”. This is another really good article that explains a little more about it. It breaks down the ‘steps’ of design thinking which could be present in any of our classrooms:
- Make a conscious effort to study an everyday activity: what do you do and why do you do it?
- Use these sharpened observation skills to come up with insights about your behavior.
- Armed with information, start designing solutions.
It really is that easy!
Here is a sample from the book “Graphic Design Thinking: Beyond Brainstorming”. This is a book I want to read more of in order to become better at facilitating creative, collaborative thinking and a deeper look into problem solving through design thinking.
Once you are ready, here are some Design Thinking ‘mindsets’ as prepared by the D.School at Stanford to get your head in the DT game: