Human-centered design is a creative approach to problem solving and the backbone of the work at IDEO.org. It’s a process that starts with the people you’re designing for and ends with new solutions that are tailor made to suit their needs.
TED Talk: Designers – think big! : Tim Brown says the design profession has a bigger role to play than just creating nifty, fashionable little objects. He calls for a shift to local, collaborative, participatory “design thinking” — starting with the example of 19th-century design thinker Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
David Kelley of IDEO talks “design thinking” on 60 Minute: What makes a great designer? According to IDEO founder David Kelley, who gave the TED Talks “Human-centered design” and “How to build your creative confidence,” being an incredible designer isn’t necessarily about having a great aesthetic sensibility or coming up with out-of-the-box ideas. No, Kelley says that the key characteristic is empathy.
Design & Thinking is a documentary released this year about design thinking. I haven’t seen it yet, but I’m loving the approach — the cacophony of voices, from engineers to educators, cyclists to CEOs, is compelling. Bonus trivia: this film was crowd-funded by Kickstarter. Check out a list of upcoming screenings on their blog.
Design Thinking Teacher Training Video: The Henry Ford Learning Institute (HFLI) is a nonprofit that supports an innovative network of small schools in Michigan. HFLI developed a design thinking middle/high school curriculum. They have recently started sharing out their work and conducting design thinking boot camps. More on design thinking at HFLI here, and you can see Part 2 of this video here.
In this compelling TED Talk, Emily Pilloton describes her journey from city-dwelling designer to rural teacher. Pilloton moved to North Carolina in 2009 to engage high school students in design thinking to transform their community. She came back to Berkeley in summer 2012. Visit her nonprofit, Project H Design, for more resources.
Design Thinking in Educational Administration Courses: Grad students at Iowa State University learn how to address school improvement issues using design thinking. This snapshot of their process shows how design thinking can be applied to a variety of kinds of problems.