The guide is not just to read – go out in the world and try these tools yourself. In the following pages, we outline each mode of a humancentered design process, and then describe dozens of specific methods to do design work.
Design Thinking for Social Innovation
Designers have traditionally focused on enhancing the look and functionality of products. Recently, they have begun using design tools to tackle more complex problems, such as finding ways to provide low-cost health care through the world.
Design Thinking Methods
Many schools and districts, including the districts involved in the initial James Irvine Foundation/ConnectEd Linked Learning District Initiative, have been trained in the Design Thinking process and use design thinking as part of their decision making process. Design Thinking is “a creative process that helps you design meaningful solutions in the classroom, at your school, and in your community.
Facilitators Guide to Design Thinking
The project you’re holding in your hands is an iteration on the d.school’s iconic “Wallet Project.” The Wallet Project is an immersive activity meant to give participants a full cycle through the design thinking process in as short a time as possible. The project itself gives facilitators the opportunity to touch on the fundamental values of the d.school—human-centered design, a bias towards action, and a culture of iteration and rapid prototyping—without attempting to communicate all of the methods and activities that the term “design thinking” encompasses.