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Preparing for next week

You’ve finished the first week of Getting Creative With People To Solve Problems.

This week, you’ve been introduced to human-centred design and discovered why design thinking puts people first. You’ve identified the kinds of problems that it can be used to solve, and a few that can’t, too.

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You’ve explored the activities needed to run a successful HCD project and the tools and methods designers use to develop their understanding of people.

You’ve also had a go at developing your HCD mindset to approach a problem, using an empathy map as a way to drill down into an experience and understand what someone is thinking and feeling as they try to achieve a goal.

Next week you’ll investigate how making and testing rough prototypes helps you think by doing, and discover how to collect information and data that help show that your solution is working.

You’ll also meet our case study, Tariq. He’s having a few problems with his trainers, among other things. You’ll also apply the HCD process to a real world problem.

Before you start week two, think of a problem that you would like to solve using human-centred design. It could be something from your personal life, something you think could work better in your day, or a bigger problem, perhaps something in your local area. It should, of course, be a problem that a real person has and ideally you should be able to talk to them about the problem to develop your understanding of it.

If nothing comes to mind, you can work with our case study, but we’d love to see the variety of solutions that appear at the end.

Share your ideas:

  • What problem could you try and solve with HCD next week? Share your ideas in the Comments section. You could always make suggestions for other learners to think about, too.

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Get Creative with People to Solve Problems

University of Leeds