Principles of Design Thinking
Design thinking is a problem-solving framework that is transforming fields from entertainment to international development. In this beginner-level course, you'll practice each step of the design thinking process by completing a series of hands-on activities. Video lectures will introduce the mindsets and exercises used by leading designers around the world, but the bulk of your experience will take place away from your computer as you complete 17 activities with people in your school, company, or local community.
This course requires no previous experience and can be completed either independently or in teams. Whether you’re an engineer, machinist, maker, artist, teacher, student, or just plain curious, you’re in the right place to begin learning about design thinking.
“In short, design thinking converts need into demand. It’s a human-centered approach to problem-solving that helps people and organizations become more innovative and creative.” – Tim Brown, CEO and President of IDEO.
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Getting started In this lesson, we'll discover what you'll learn in this course.
- Course Overview - Design Thinking.zip 88 MB ▼
Lesson 1: Introduction to design thinking This lesson will introduce you to the concept of design thinking and the design process framework that will be used in this course.
- Lesson 1 video - Intro to design thinking.zip 72.81 MB ▼
Lesson 2: Introduction to the challenge This lesson will provide a basic overview of the example challenge you'll be tackling throughout this course: How might we reduce reliance on single-use plastic in our community?
- Lesson 2 video - Intro to the challenge.zip 43.17 MB ▼
Lesson 3: Understand This lesson introduces the first step of the design process: Understand.
Lesson 4: Define In this lesson we’ll introduce the second phase of the design process: Define.
Lesson 5: Ideate In this lesson, we’ll introduce the third phase of the design process: Ideate.
Lesson 6: Prototype and Test This lesson introduces the fourth phase of the design process: Prototype and Test.
Lesson 7: Refine This lesson builds on the lessons you learned with your first prototype to help you translate feedback into the next iteration of your idea.
Lesson 8: Conclusion Congratulations! This is the conclusion of the Principles of Design Thinking course.
- Lesson 8 video - Conclusion.zip 83.76 MB ▼