In Part 1, we introduced some simple activities and pointers to help you apply design thinking methods within your own work. However, design thinking is more than just a random collection of activities.
This week, we focus on divergent and convergent thinking and how you can develop your own process based on the “Double Diamond”. At its core, design thinking is a particular method and process to guide us in discovering and responding to problems and challenges. More importantly, it distinguishes itself from other approaches by leveraging the techniques that designers have practiced for decades. And you don’t have to be a designer to use it! There is a structure and method to the madness of creativity and ideation towards problem-finding and resolution.
Over the decades, many models have emerged to describe the design process. One of my favourites is the Double Diamond, developed by the UK Design Council in 2005.