Sharing your success
You’ve almost completed Getting Creative With People to Solve Problems.
Over the last two weeks you’ve discovered how human-centred design uses both creative thinking and insight into the feelings and behaviours of real people to create innovative products and services that people want and that meet real needs.
You’ve tried techniques for developing your human-centred design mindset and followed the five phase HCD process to help solve a problem:
- Empathising to understand the real causes of problems, and how people would like to solve them
- Defining the problem with a clear problem statement to guide your work
- Ideating to create a wide range of ideas to meet your user’s needs
- Prototyping a solution to the problem
- Testing your prototype to find out how well it meets those needs.
You’ve seen how this approach to design and problem solving is used in different industries and how you can be a responsible innovator, considering the impacts that your designs might have on both people and society. You’ve also discovered how iterating and reworking based on feedback from your users can make your solutions better, more innovative and more successful.
How might you show your new skills to the world, or make a career in human centred design? Many design practitioners create a portfolio that contains case studies of projects to show off their skills. You could write a case study of your work of this course and publish it on an online platform like LinkedIn or Medium.
How could the five phase HCD process help you make that article as good as possible? Perhaps you could start by thinking about what other people might want to know about human-centred design. How might understanding HCD help them in their work?
If you have marked as complete over 90% of the course steps, it’s time to check your understanding by taking part in the end of course test. By achieving a mark of 70% or more you will earn a Certificate of Achievement. You can share this with your friends and family to show them what you’ve learned. You can also share it on social media, such as LinkedIn, as a way of showing employers and colleagues your new skills and knowledge.
Remember that if you complete all three courses within the Solving Problems with Technology program you can unlock a FutureLearn Award. This is your own FutureLearn web page exhibiting all of your certificates. You can use this link to demonstrate your learning on any online profile or to send to employers.
Taking your learning further
If you’d like more ideas for setting up a professional online presence, you could take another course in this series, Create a Professional Presence Online
If you enjoyed making a prototype to help Tariq, the course Creating a Great User Experience for Mobile Apps will show you how to create a more complex prototype of a mobile app.
If you enjoyed discovering and solving problems, Decision Making: How to Choose the Right Problem to Solve contains more problem solving techniques and discusses how to present solutions back to a business persuasively. If the process of evaluating a prototype to prove your solution worked interested you, then Evidence and Data Collection for Problem Solving delves further into the world of data.
There are many online resources for finding out more about human-centred design. There are links on each step of the course to find out more about each topic, but for a more general overview you can visit Ideo’s Design Kit, explore resources from Stanford’s d.school or stay up to date with the Design Council.