A Crash Course in Design Thinking from Stanford’s Design School

The Interaction Design Foundation defines design thinking as “an iterative process in which we seek to understand the user, challenge assumptions we might have, and redefine problems in an attempt to identify alternative strategies and solutions that might not be instantly apparent with our initial level of understanding.”

Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school) has produced a 90-minute “Crash Course in Design Thinking” which seeks to define the approach and provide examples.

The video can be viewed to get a sense of the “design cycle” as d.school teaches it, or the suggested materials can be assembled along with a group of friends or colleagues so as to use the video as an on-line training course.