What is the Design Thinking Process?

What it it?/ How it Works?

What is the Design thinking Process? Basically…it is a different way of thinking, many people have a tendency to look into style of a product rather than its practicality.  Instead, design thinking is making practicality the priority and style as a very last step.  A quote by Rikke Dam and Teo Siang states:

 “By understanding the human needs involved, by re-framing the problem in human-centric ways, by creating many ideas in brainstorming sessions, and by adopting a hands-on approach in prototyping and testing. “ 

Any steps to help people to try and think this way?

Rikke Dam and Teo Siang came up with fives steps to help people “think design”.  They are:

 

Empathizes

  • The first and main step is  to try and find an understanding the problem at hand. Bring yourself into the environment to gain any needed understanding, because assuming will gain nothing.

 

Define (the problem)

  • When you are done getting information from the  Empathizes stage, you then find the “core” problem. To Dam and Siang it is “To illustrate, instead of defining the problem”

 

Idea

  • Once the “Define (the problem)” stage is finished, next is where ideas for prototypes start to rise. Literally whatever comes into mind, good or bad ideas are brought to the table. You will never know what kind of ideas will spring up to you or your possible group.

Prototype

  • Time to create prototypes! Another quote by Dam and Siang“Team will now produce a number of inexpensive, scaled down versions of the product or specific features found within the product, so they can investigate the problem solutions generated in the previous stage.”

Test

  • As prototypes are being made, they are soon tested for their functionality. Should they fail, you continue to upgrade and fix any possible problems that may have sprung up or start a new set of ideas.  Always gather feedback in all stages and if you have to go back to the drawing board, it just means more time to produce a product that will work best for the client.

If this was useful to you, please leave a comment down below. If you have a story about how this kind of thinking help you in a project, I would love to hear it!