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What is Design Thinking?

I continue to scratch my head a bit over what it is that “Design Thinking” means – although “solutions-oriented process” seems to be somewhere there in the mix. For me, at least.

That can take various forms. I’ll be exploring them in a series of blogposts, each focusing on specific aspects of solutions-oriented process. I don’t know that these exercises must occur in any particular order, but this is how I experienced them along …

The Continuum of Creative Ideation

Design Thinking is sometimes described as the intersection among feasibility, viability, and desirability.

“Design Thinking” is sometimes also expressed as the major attributes of SDLC (Systems Development LifeCycle: Define, Design, Develop, etc.) , which kind of makes sense, too.

Note:  This list of ideas & examples is a work-in-progress.  But here are some of the broadstroke attributes:

Vision, Articulation, Utility, Variation, Entrepreneurship, Traction, Collaboration, Structure, Librarianship, User-Centricity, Modeling

I’m going to ‘open the hood’ on these and post them in unfinished form as I’m working on them.  Here goes…

Vision : Model the Future 

Articulation : Clarify the Concept

Utility : Build a Useful Toolset


Variation : Credible Possibilities

Entrepreneurship:  The Value Proposition

Market Traction : A Polished Service

Collaboration : an Agile Team

Functionality :  Nuts & Bolts

Librarianship : Organize the Infrastructure

User Centricity : Focus on Audience


Community : our Implicit Connection

Pro-Bono/Non-Profit/Community Service

ProtoType : Guide and Model

As you may’ve noticed, the ‘attractor’ images for this series of DesignThink articles are all cutsey kids.  It’s intentional.  It’s manipulative.  It’s shameless. It’s working.  What can I say?



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