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Design Thinking Resources

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Creativity is innate in all people. Design thinking is a way to bring out and amplify this natural creativity.

Today most people think of design as products, for example, their phones or automobiles. However, humans have designed every part of our lives — not only objects but also how we do things and what we know — by solving problems.

Prototyping, testing, failing all the time, these are skills anyone can learn to solve problems creatively. Try something and, if it doesn’t work, learn the reasons it didn’t work then try again.

Design thinking is a way to find as many possible solutions to a problem before you solve it. A deep understanding of the problem is the critical first step. Possible solutions that don’t make sense are as valuable as obvious solutions. Once a problem is understood in all its complexity, design thinking provides a structured way to work through possible solutions to find the optimal one.

There are different ways to teach children (and adults) to identify, define, and solve problems. The goal is to make this process automatic, to turn it into a lifetime skill. Design thinking takes highly effective ideas from the design world and distills them into a simple process anyone can use to be creative and make things. You learn by doing.


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