A Beginner's Guide to Design Thinking : Summary


In this course, you have explored how to apply creative thinking problem-solving strategies to design usable and innovative products and services  by:

  1. Empathising - Understanding your users and their context, their needs, feelings, needs, and expectations.
  2. Defining - Defining and re-working your problem statement in a customer-centered way.
  3. Ideating - Coming up with a plethora of ideas in ideation workshops.
  4. Prototyping - Creating tangible and testable versions of your design ideas.
  5. Testing - Evaluating your design concepts with your customers.

Lessons Learned - Design Thinking is: 

  • human-centered - the user and their needs are the focal points of the design.
  • efficient - you can easily test the relevance and feasibility of your design concepts for e.g., through low-fidelity prototypes.
  • flexible - design thinking is not always linear.
  • iterative - multiple stages overlap throughout the design process. You may need to refine, redesign, and retest to design products that meet your users' needs.
  • adaptive - user feedback and reflection on your findings will lead to the reframing of your problem statement.
  • experimental - you'll need to run several tests before your product is ready to be released.
  • collaborative - it involves teamwork and frequent dialogue and testing with your customers.
  • reflective - Reflect on your findings to transition to the next stage as well as to improve your designs.
  • cost-effective - low fidelity prototypes can save you time and money.
  • innovative - customer insights and feedback will drive the development of innovative products and services.

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Kadian Davis-Owusu (PhD)
Kadian has a background in Computer Science and pursued her PhD and post-doctoral studies in the fields of Design for Social Interaction and Design for Health. She has taught a number of interaction design courses at the university level including the University of the West Indies, the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC) in Jamaica, and the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. Kadian also serves as the Founder and Lead UX Designer for TeachSomebody and is the host of the ExpertsConnect video podcast. In this function, Kadian serves to bridge the learning gap by delivering high-quality content tailored to meet your learning needs. Moreover, through expert collaboration, top-quality experts are equipped with a unique channel to create public awareness and establish thought leadership in their related domains.... Show more