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Design Thinking Approach, Design Based Thinking, Design Centered Thinking

Design-thinking is a set of skills that will help you design solutions to solve problems that are important to you and other people.

What is design-thinking approach?

1. Problem. Find a problem to solve.

2. Research why that problem exists by going to where the problem is and talking to a lot of people from all ages asking ‘Why does the problem exist?’ and ‘What can we do to solve the problem?’ Take lots of notes to document your research so you remember who said what and why.

3. Design a solution. Based on your research, design something that can solve it. Is it a thing that you’re designing or a movement of people? Make a blueprint. This is a crucial step in design-based thinking.

4. Prototype. Make your idea as a model, a drawing or a series of written-down steps.

5. More research. The next part in design-centred thinking is to take your prototype back to people who are impacted by the problem and ask them if they think your solution might work. Does it work? What needs to change in my model or approach to make it work? Take lots of notes, photos, and videos.

6. Remake. Based on the feedback from people you’ve tested your idea with in the previous design-based thinking step, now rework it based on what they’ve said. Make changes.

7. Test again. Take it back to people. If they now think it is good to go then you’re ready to launch. Congratulations on coming this far in your design-centred thinking approach.

8. Make it. Make your solution. Take it to the community. Run it. Solve the problem.

9. Report it. The final stage in your design-thinking approach is to, after a month, file a report on what worked and what didn’t. How many people’s lives changed for the better? How do you feel?

This is what you are going to learn with Map of Me. A design-thinking approach or design-based thinking or design-centred thinking. To be able to solve problems you face and to also find solutions to problems other people face.