Design Thinking, Week 3

A big takeaway I got from the readings this week was the idea that designers need to be able to think outside the box and try new things without fear of judgement – either judgement from others or even from themselves! There are strategies that can help you to think creatively, like changing the frame of view, brainstorming many ideas, and trying out crazy ideas even if you’re not sure they will succeed…!

Design Thinking, Week 2

A theme that stood out to me this week was that designers have the ability to reflect their values, passions, and ideas into their work. Since design is not limited to a certain field, there is so much room for designers to think outside the box and showcase what they want the rest of the world to understand about the way they think. In addition to this, it is important to keep an open mind and be willing to learn and work with others so that your knowledge can grow across multiple cultures, worldviews, and disciplines. These, along with other ideas, are illustrated in my notecards this week. Note: I forgot to print out one of my images…!! I am sad…

Design Thinking, Week 1

Before this week, I had never considered the phrase “design thinking”, but as I’m learning more and more about it, I’m finding out just how useful it is. Design thinking isn’t just something that can be applied to product design – you can use its principles while you’re managing a business, solving a problem, learning a new skill, or simply trying to figure out what you want to do with your life…! A big part of design thinking relies on bouncing between steps and being able to go back, revise, improve, and come up with totally new or inventive ideas. I’ve illustrated this thought, along with seven others that struck me, on the note cards shown below.