Design Thinking User Experience (UX) topic overview/definition


Design Thinking: Concept Definition

Design thinking is an iterative process in which we seek to understand the user, challenge assumptions we might have, and redefine problems in an attempt to identify alternative strategies and solutions that might not be instantly apparent with our initial level of understanding. As such, design thinking is most useful in tackling problems that are ill-defined or unknown.

Design thinking is extremely useful in tackling problems that are ill defined or unknown, by re-framing the problem in human-centric ways, creating many ideas in brainstorming sessions, and adopting a hands-on approach in prototyping and testing. Design thinking also involves ongoing experimentation: sketching, prototyping, testing, and trying out concepts and ideas. It involves 5 phases: Empathise, Define, Ideate, Prototype, and Test. The phases allow us to gain a deep understanding of users, critically examine the assumptions about the problem and define a concrete problem statement, generate ideas for tackling the problem, and then creating prototypes for the ideas in order to test their effectiveness.

Design thinking is not about graphic design, but rather about problem-solving through the use of design. It is a critical skill for all professionals, not only designers. Understanding how to approach problems and apply design thinking enables us to maximise our contributions in the work environment and create incredible, memorable products for users.

For your convenience, we’ve collected all UX literature that deals with Design Thinking. Here’s the full list: