Design Thinking for Beginners: Develop Innovative Ideas (Udemy.com)

Apply the five-step design thinking process to identify and creatively solve problems using a human-centered approach.

Created by: Laura Pickel

Produced in 2020

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What you will learn

  • Apply the 5-step design thinking process to a design challenge in your organization.
  • Empathize with your user through interviews and observations, in order to take a human-centered approach to a problem.
  • Define your core problem by synthesizing and analyzing information gathered during your empathy work.
  • Ideate solutions to your problem by brainstorming using "How might we..." statements.
  • Prototype your ideas rapidly to identify the best possible solution for your problem.
  • Test your prototypes with users to gather feedback on your proposed solution.
  • Pitch design thinking to your team or organization using storytelling.

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Overall Score : 86 / 100

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Course Description

Think of a problem or challenge you had to solve at work recently. How did you approach it? Did you find yourself overwhelmed with the number of possible solutions? Were you unsure how to even start? Design thinking can help.
Design thinking is a five-step human-centered process for creative problem solving. It was popularized by the Stanford d.school and IDEO, and has been used by organizations around the world to solve knotty problems. It is all about understanding your user's needs and solving the right problem. By using this human-centered design approach, you can develop products and services that truly help your user.
This course is meant to serve as an introduction to the principles of design thinking and touches on ways you can implement it in your workplace. The material is best suited for students who are new to design thinking or want a refresher on the core concepts. Luckily, design thinking can be applied to almost any field; no matter what your profession, design thinking can help you discover and implement the best solutions to problems you encounter.
In this course, you will:
  • Apply the 5-step design thinking process to a design challenge in your organization.
  • Empathize with your users through interviews and observations, in order to take a human-centered approach to a challenge.
  • Define your core problem by synthesizing and analyzing information gathered during your empathy work.
  • Ideate solutions to your problem by brainstorming using "How might we..." statements.
  • Prototype your ideas rapidly to identify the best possible solution for your problem.
  • Test your prototypes with users to gather feedback on your proposed solution.
  • Pitch design thinking to your team or organization using storytelling.
You will spend the duration of this course completing your own design thinking project, solving a design challenge of your choice. Each section contains activities that help you apply each step of the process to your design challenge. I've also provided a workbook for you to complete as you progress through this course with all the templates you need to complete your project. These can also serve as resources as you bring design thinking to your own day-to-day work!
My name is Laura Pickel, and I'll be your instructor in this course. After learning design thinking as a student at the d.school, I've continued to both use and teach design thinking at a variety of organizations, including IDEO, Lyft, SAP, and the d.school. I love helping people learn about the power of design thinking and hope you will be one of them!
If you're ready to develop breakthrough solutions to help and delight your users, enroll in this course today!Who this course is for:
  • Employees looking for a structured way to develop innovative ideas that will appeal to their audience.
  • Human Resources employees looking to develop a more human-centered approach to their workplace trainings and programs.
  • Product managers looking to push their teams to focus on the user experience when designing new features.
  • This course is NOT for formally trained designers, or those who already have a high-level understanding of the design thinking process.

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Instructor Details

Laura Pickel

3 parts design nerd, 4 parts passionate educator, 2 parts biker extraordinaire
Laura is a Learning Experience Designer at Lyft and an Ideo U teaching team lead. In past lives, she's been a User Experience Designer at SAP, taught at the Stanford d.school, and has conducted hundreds of design thinking workshops.
When she's not teaching people about using game mechanics for learning or interview techniques for empathy work, Laura can be found competing in triathlons, riding hundreds of miles on her bike for fun, or hunting for the best gluten-free bakeries around.

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Really well done. She took a complex topic and broke it down into easy to process steps and concepts that made it much easier to understand.

It was ok to good. Unlike the start its the central chapter of the course really starts making an connect you and interest you to understand the process .

A really great introductory course for those who want to learn the basics of design thinking.Its very concise and informative, includes also the practical side of DT process.

When I say that the course was only 1 hour, I thought maybe I would be disappointed. I was blown away with the amount of useful content delivered by Laura who's energy and genuineness sucked you in and made you want to finish the course. The design of course was excellent, offering an abundant amount of external resources. As far as learning, she used multiple modes like flashing on the screen simple reminders and PDF's that reenforced your learning experience. I highly recommend this course and strongly suggest you do the homework assignments for they really help the content 'stick'. Thank you Thank you Laura for a fantastically designed course!!!

Filled with easy to apply step-by-step instructions on how to use Design Thinking. Downloadable course workbook was handy for working through the practice exercise.

I took a human-interactions and design class for my Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and this course summed it up wonderfully. Design thinking can be used in almost all aspects of a project be it UI/UX or back-end development. Thank you Laura!

Best course I have ever attended. Knowledge provided was very helpful. Explaining the concepts through example was a plus point. It helped in understanding the concepts very deeply.

yes it was a good session. really helped to get basic information on design thinking, how to apply the same and have fun while doing it

the course was awesome, but the speaker was speaking very fast, felt a bit hard to catch up, but great content

So far this is a perfect introduction to Design Thinking. The is very basic and provides the initial foundation I need to understand Design Thinking.

Great way of explaining the course,I would like to do more courses from your teaching.Thanks a lot for teaching design thinking in a simple way.Conversations in the course are really good which gives a visual impact to practice the design thinking.

I am listening but I have no materials or resources defining it all in one place. Different websites sure but nothing on one piece of paper to have in front of me