How did we end up here? In a technologically advanced era? With people that are aware of our progression towards a more electronically-enabled environment? Would it be possible without asking simple questions and analyzing?
Design thinking has been helping us solve problems and develop for personal, national, even global use. Design thinking is a systematic approach of empathizing with the user, observing problems, and creating innovative solutions. Human beings have limited brainpower. Due to habituation, our brains convert everyday things into habits to make space for learning new things. It’s a human tendency to get used to everything that we see every day normally.
It would be exhausting to notice everything as if it was for the first time. But you would have to notice the littlest details for user empathy and problem-solving. All great innovators in literature, art, music, science, engineering, and business have practiced it. Observing and noticing takes practice and constant thought. You could start by consciously putting effort into staying a beginner.
Design thinking has been conveniently divided into five steps: empathize, define, ideate, prototype, test.
The process begins with empathizing with the user: finding more about the concerns to gain a deeper understanding. Then, we proceed to define the problem statement and brainstorm ideas that could potentially solve.
Always try and reiterate the problems and questions. Always try to find a new perspective that could’ve been missed. Then we make a prototype after checking feasibility, functionality, user-friendliness, and other factors and test how it works with people. Now, the steps do not have to be followed in the same order, depending upon the success rate of each step, you could repeat previous steps too.
Design thinking is important because it is the cause of innovation. It instills observation skills and helps in tackling creative challenges. Over the last decade, the practice of design thinking has made its way into a variety of other disciplines and industries. It is not only for designers or artists, it is for anyone or anything looking for improvement.
It is about seeing the invisible problem. It’s usually about looking broader and looking closer. Focusing on how things ought to be versus how things are.
Sometimes the solution to the problem is very basic and simple. Think younger, think about things as if they are new and you are looking at them for the first time. Think every day about how I can experience the world better.
It is essential to standout and think out of the box, to try and introduce new things, which might have been impossible due to the lack of technological and electronic advancement. We have all imagined what the future could possibly look like. There could be massive changes in how a city looks, functions, and develops. But, surely, this would be a result of design thinking shaping the experiences of innovators.