Design Thinking 101 at the Stanford

Ever wondered what design thinking is all about? The Stanford has shared, with the world, the basics of design thinking as taught in their introductory class called the “design thinking bootcamp”.

This “bootcamp bootleg” is a nice little pdf file that contains a bunch of great methodologies for observation, data collection, brainstorming, prototyping, and concept generation.

After going through this pdf, I’m further convinced that design thinking is just about shaping the design process in a way that non-designers are able to understand and apply it in their problem solving activities. What do you guys think of my hypothesis?

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  • William Danbury

    May 17, 2011 at 5:38 pm Reply

    The methodologies mentioned are sound and solid variants of current practices in the design thinking. It has been said that design thinking is, inherently, a prototyping process powering deep understanding of what people want in their lives as well as what they like (or not) about the way that is made. As such, I am inclined towards the why-how laddering method, it allows me to tailor the process to yield both abstract and specific statements from my participants.

  • Kyle Koning

    January 28, 2010 at 1:49 am Reply

    The needs to design an editor — this PDF is chock full of spelling errors, typos, and grammar errors.

  • Martin Rayala

    January 23, 2010 at 10:41 pm Reply

    I agree that the’s work around Design Thinking is an attempt to codify the design processes. This, as you suggest, will be particularly useful for non-designers who would like to develop some design skills because they have so many tools for design at their disposal today.
    We can’t forget, however, that their original reason for trying to capture the design process was because even professional designers were trying to figure out how IDEO did so well at it. The question we kept asking was “How do they do it?” Design Thinking is IDEO and the’s attempt to provide us some clues.
    The other value to this work is that having some systematic understanding of design will allow us to move Design Thinking down into K-12 shcools. IDEAS (the International Design Education Alliance for Schools) is meeting at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. on April 13, 2010 to explore the policies, practices, and resources that will be necessary to advance the Decade of Design Education.
    We would love to have your advice and input.

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