Mindset for Design Thinking

Design Thinking is a process AND a mindset. However, it’s also much more than that. Implemented in daily work, the problem-solving potential of Design Thinking finds its expression in the form of a living innovation culture. This is, even more, the case when holistic and user-centered solutions are sought. How this works in detail and is implemented in practice can be adapted from Standford D-School as follows.

◾ Human-centered.
◾ Mindful of process.
◾ Culture of prototyping.
◾ Show, don’t tell.
◾ Radical collaboration.
◾ Bias toward action.

Mindsets for Design Thinking
Mindsets for Design Thinking

Show, Don’t Tell mindset

Like IDEO, the Stanford d.school heavily promotes the idea of using real models and prototypes to illustrate your creative ideas. You need to actually show not just tell. The “show, don’t tell” mentality is about communicating your vision through the use of experiences, visuals and stories.

Focus on Human Values

Empathy as a key feature of new approach Design Thinking, is another important mindset at play here. By focusing on the people you are designing for, you can reveal new ideas you never would’ve thought of without a human-centered approach.

Craft Clarity

Take away all the clutter and explain your idea clearly and simply. Think from the perspective of others. Have a vision that others can understand quickly and that can inspire action. Clarity is an important mindset to design thinking. You should give this feature a great deal of attention.

Embrace Experimentation

Prototyping helps you learn and think. However, It’s not always just about validating an idea or gaining evidence of the right solution. It can also simply help to take action on an idea to understand it better.

Be Mindful of Process

Where you are in the design process, always remember what you are hoping to accomplish and what you need to do next. Don't forget about your goals and aims. Allow the design thinking process to guide your actions from start to finish.

Bias Toward Action

This mindset means that you are more focused on action than thinking. Instead of talking about an idea, you will take that idea and turn it into reality. By doing, we learn so much more about the process and how to improve it in the future. Having the idea at hand be realised can open the scope for even more ideas. This mindset helps you discover more about the current idea and expand on it.

Radical Collaboration

This final Stanford D.school mindset is about the need for collaboration. Amazing designers know that it takes many people from all backgrounds and experiences to truly understand a problem and evolve the solution. Teamwork saves time and effort.

In Conclusion, as leaders in the design thinking movement from Palo Alto, IDEO and the Stanford D.school both have powerful insights into the design thinking process. They provide the info needed about design thinking mindsets needed to empower innovation. Hopefully, the mentalities listed above can inspire you to improve your own processes and trigger creativity at your organization today to design better experiences for those you serve.