Design Thinking The Thinker’s Personality

Design Thinking The Thinker’s Personality

Thinking like a designer can transform the way you develop products, services, processes and even strategy

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to wear weird shoes or pink tassels over your head to be a design thinker. Nor are design thinkers necessarily created only by design schools, even though most professionals have had some kind of design training. In our experience, many people on the outside of this realm may have a natural aptitude for design thinking, which the right development and experiences can unlock.

Here, as a starting point are some of the characteristics to look for in design thinkers or if you yourself are looking to unlock new potential in your products or services:

    • Empathy Designers can imagine the world from multiple perspectives those of colleagues, clients, end users and customers (current and prospective). By taking a ‘people first’ approach, design thinkers can imagine solutions that are inherently desirable and meet explicit or latent needs. Great design thinkers observe the world in minute details. They notice things that other do not and use their insights to inspire innovation. Think about it 🙂

 

    • Integrative thinking: Their mind is not wire-framed to rely on logical or analytical processes, but exhibit to look beyond choices, and exhibit to see all of the salient and sometimes contradictory aspects of a confounding problem. This way they can create novel solutions that go beyond to dramatically improve on existing alternatives.

 

    • Integrative thinking: Their mind is not wire-framed to rely on logical or analytical processes, but exhibit to look beyond choices, and exhibit to see all of the salient and sometimes contradictory aspects of a confounding problem. This way they can create novel solutions that go beyond to dramatically improve on existing alternatives.

 

    • Optimism: They assume that no matter how challenging the constraint of a given problem, at least one potential solution is better than the existing alternatives.

 

    • Experimentalism: Design thinkers, think, jump and scale. They understand that innovations don’t come from incremental tweaks. Instead they pose questions, and explore constraints in creative ways that proceed in entirely new directions.

 

    • Collaboration The increasing complexity of products, services, and experiences has replaced the myth of the lone creative genius. Instead the best design thinkers work alongside other disciplines.

 

So to say, the myth of creative genius is resilient: that great ideas pop fully formed out of brilliant minds, in feats of imagination well beyond a normal thinking mortal. The design process is actually also a result of hard work augmented by a creative human-centred discovery process and followed by iterative cycles of prototyping, testing, and refinement.