Thinking out of the box in designing

Kids are natural Design Thinkers. Creative. Innovative. Unafraid. They have the beginner’s mind – where everything is new and fresh, and amazing. They question everything. “Why?” is their favorite question. But as adults, as we become more educated, more experienced, we’re less creative, innovative, and take less risks. What happened? Design Thinking is a way to bring back what we had as kids. Design Thinking is a human centered problem solving process. The key is it’s a process, an innovation process, and a process can be learned, practiced, and repeated. When someone says “Think outside the box”, the next question is HOW? Design Thinking is HOW.

The Design Thinking strategy has been adopted by numerous organizations, educators, and government agencies. Is Design Thinking something that can be adopted by any field? What can, painters, and other types of artists gain from this design strategy?

Yes, anyone and any field can use Design Thinking. For example, one of the key mindsets of Design Thinking is to embrace experimentation prototyping. The process of rapid prototyping can be transformative because you’re failing constantly, and so failing becomes part of the process but you’re also learning a lot, uncovering valuable insights, and you become more comfortable with failing. Failing is really about learning, and that builds creative confidence.