Design Thinking

In the last 10 years Design Thinking has become a popular topic, although sometimes controversial and often misunderstood. Academics and thought leaders have been researching designerly ways since the 60’s in attempts to understand how designers think and do in contrast to other disciplines with more rigid approaches such as science and engineering. While there is still no widely accepted definition, most agree about the basic principles: iterative processes of divergence and convergence thinking and testing, discoveries through empathic contextual explorations, and synthesis through creativity and collaboration. While these principles may sound mouthful, they apply very well to business, social work, education, and the creation of new things and ideas based on true needs.

In this course students will learn the foundations of Design Thinking and how to apply them to real-world problems. This course intends to excite students about the power of Design Thinking through hands-on experiences and equip them with basic skills needed to use it. Students will experience the intersection of diversity, ethics/social responsibility, critical thinking and communication as they identify problems to address, craft their design challenge, engage in field research, synthesize their findings, brainstorm solutions, and present their concepts, while expanding their personal and professional networks.