Experience Design Workshop 

The aim of this workshop is to teach students how to use the design thinking process for creative problem solving and innovative solutions.

What is Design Thinking?

Design Thinking from Stanford’s Institute of Design is a methodology based on human-centred design process. Designers use design thinking to solve problems to create products or services that meet people’s needs.

Source: Stanford's Institute of Design  

Source: Stanford's Institute of Design

 

Design Thinking is a mindset. It is a structured approach to generating and developing ideas.
— Design Thinking for Educators, IDEO

The design thinking process can be summarised as follows:

  1. Discovery & Empathise - Research to find out people’s needs, likes and dislikes as well as to observe people to understand their behaviour.
  2. Define -  Define the design question / problem based on people’ needs. 
  3. Ideate - Brainstorm for ideas to find a solution...there are lots of possible solutions.
  4. Prototype - Design to solve a problem using sketching & prototyping.
  5. Test - testing the prototype

This is an iterative process, after testing, the prototype can be updated / redesigned based on test findings.

The Design Council report on the design economy highlighted some examples of design influence in the 21st century including:

  • Health: The number of designers working in health and well-being has increased with the realisation of the social impact of design.
  • Business: Design is transforming businesses, building design studios and appointing Chief Design Officers to join their board of directors…becoming design-led businesses.
  • Cities: In large populated cities, design is being used to solve problems in e.g. housing and infrastructure.
  • Government: In the UK, Europe and the US, design is being used to improve public services and policies.


Key benefits:

In today's design and experience economy, school children would greatly benefit from learning about Design thinking. The key benefits of this workshop include:

  • Learn how to identify problems
  • Learn to be empathetic (people-centred design)
  • Learn how to think creatively and to follow an iterative design process (Design Thinking)
  • Learn to work collaboratively