Design Thinking 1 – Understanding

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Learn to solve problems creatively, with a focus on developing understandings and exploring the nature of problems from the perspective of end users.
The Design Thinking course will help you develop your ability to creatively solve problems.  It will take you through understanding the problem space and the audience through to ideation, design and prototyping. It’s split into two intensives, Design Thinking 1 (this one) that looks at understanding your problem and audience and Design Thinking 2, which looks at creating ideas, prototyping and testing. We’d recommend doing both courses. You can complete this course if you have no previous training in design. It’s both theoretical and practical. 

Design Thinking methods can particularly help when you have a complex or fairly novel problem, so it’s often used when solving societal issues. And can design a new intervention to help. Maybe a product or a service. 

During this intensive we’ll be looking at where Design Thinking came from, what it is and how and when to use it. We’ll then move on to getting to grips with understanding a complex problem space and finally we’ll look at understanding the audience of your design and some research methods and techniques to do that, particularly research that is favoured by the Design Thinking process.

Alongside learning and reflecting on Design Thinking concepts, we will give you a fictional problem to work through through the course.  The course is also ideal if you have a real world problem that you might like to work through during the intensive.

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Rebecca Rae-Evans (Bex) Founder of social good design studio Reply and Manchester based Community Organisation Tech for Good Live. If you want to connect, Bex is on Twitter and Linkedin.

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