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What is Design Thinking?

Before we explain Design Thinking, let’s see what people have to say about it. Have a read through the following quotes from Curedale (2016): Design Thinking is an approach to …

The Define Stage

Before we go into the define stage we would normally do a stocktake to ensure we have collected the right data from the right sources, and identified any gaps. For …

The United Nations Sustainability Goals

The UN sustainability goals are a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity between the people and the planet. There are 17 Sustainable Development Goals which have been developed as a …

The Importance of Empathy

Empathy is the first stage of the Design Thinking process and helps us to understand the context of our challenge and who we are designing for. We value empathy because …

Introducing our Challenge

For the purposes of experiencing the Design Thinking process we have created a challenge based in the sustainability goals. Specifically #12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns Now this is …

Tools of the Define Stage

There are many ways to make sense of the data from the Empathy stage. In Design Thinking we draw upon different types of thematic analysis, which means we cluster what …

Make Sense of Feedback

Hi everyone and welcome to the final week. I hope that you have had a good time testing your prototypes (sketches) with some users and have collected some feedback which …

What Next with Design Thinking?

Further Study with Design Thinking At the Waikato Institute of Technology., in Hamilton, New Zealand we offer the following courses: A 15 credit level 6 Design Thinking launchpad where we …

Introduction to Ideation

What is ideation? Ideation is the third stage of the Design Thinking process. In this stage we brainstorm solutions to our challenge – in particular to the How Might We …

Introduction to Prototyping

Prototyping for design thinking A prototype is a way of showing our ideas in a tangible way very early on. Prototype as a word comes from the Greek prototypes which …

What is User Testing?

User testing refers to the evaluation of a product, feature or prototype with real users. It is the fifth stage of the Design Thinking process. This stage is a convergent …