Design Thinking, one of the many factors of Innovation.
Good design is actually a lot harder to notice than poor design, in part because good designs fit our needs so well that the design is invisible, serving us without drawing attention to itself. Bad design, on the other hand, screams out its inadequacies, making itself very noticeable. —Don Norman, The Design of Everyday Things
Design Thinking and Innovation
Design Thinking, by definition, means it adopts methods and processes to solve challenges, obtaining information, evaluating knowledge, and coming up with solutions in the design and planning fields.
There are 5 stages involved in this process, which were proposed by the Hasso-Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. They are continually used by individuals and firms to get better at finding solutions innovatively.
This 5-stage model might seem like a linear model. But, it is pretty flexible and non-linear in form. It can adapt to the processes of an organization or an individual based on their needs. There is no particular order to follow, but this will give an overview of how the thinking processes should take place.
Wherever you implement this process, the main goal is to generate innovations. There might be several factors involved in the development process of Design Thinking. Today, we will be discussing the two most important things that influence one’s output using the same process. They are “Ideation” and “Education”.
Our Chief Strategic Officer at FIO Labs, Sunayana Pulusani, a Harvard student pursuing her MA, says
Innovation is any well-executed thought or idea, and an innovator is somebody who is a keen observer and comes in all shapes and sizes.
Innovation means improvement or renewal. One might have a radical idea, and that idea could be made into an invention. But an invention doesn’t become an innovation until users accept it.
Sunayana goes on to say,
The first step towards innovation using the Design Thinking Process is generating an idea, that is paramount for innovation. And in my view, an idea is primarily intuition driven, and it’s dependent on the knowledge we acquire over the years consciously and sub-consciously by learning and observing.
The impact of innovation in Design Thinking is not measured primarily with the content it has, but the change innovations can bring in interpersonal dynamics.
You might be wondering how “education” is an integral part of this process. The term itself implies a learning process, preparing for personal growth and achievement, as well as being open and welcoming new ideas to solve problems.
Education, in it’s best form, should open one’s mind, and the process leads us to be as creative as possible and guides us to solve our challenges.
Below is a picture of Sunaina’s daughter, a budding designer, who created her own set of illustrations of characters by observing other characters in books and TV shows. This is a perfect amalgamation of “Education” and “Innovation”.
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