Introduction to design thinking

In this course, you will learn the basics of the method and mindset of Design Thinking, which has been used by Fortune 500 companies and top design firms like IDEO to innovate new products and services. Design Thinking is a way for non-designers and professionals from all backgrounds to work together to solve problems and create new business opportunities. It begins with empathy and gaining an understanding of potential customers’ needs. It also provides a way to quickly and cheaply sketch and prototype concepts that can be tested and further developed. By the end of this course, you will have a basic grasp of the terminology and process of Design Thinking that will allow you to start practicing in real-world situations.

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   Teacher: Lee-Sean Huang


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93% of students recommend

  “Lee-Sean has brought a complex process into understandable terms. The mascot and case studies help to encapsulate key concepts and learning points. Thank you!”

  “Design Thinking was recently introduced in some projects I work on and although I went through material on it, I still had questions as to what it really is and how it can be used successfully. The course was well structured and provided clear information. I now feel more confident that I understand how it works and I can see the advantages of using it.”

  “Entertaining yet to-the-point overview of one of the most important frameworks in the modern product development world.”


Course plan

Lesson 1. What Is Design Thinking, Anyway?
Lesson 2. Be Like a Blowfish: DT’s Dynamic Mindset
Lesson 3. Empathy: Understanding Users
Lesson 4. Making Sense of Contextual Inquiry
Lesson 5. Defining and Framing the Creative Brief
Lesson 6. Ideation and the “Yes, and” Mindset
Lesson 7. Idea Selection
Lesson 8. Prototyping
Lesson 9. Testing and Receiving Feedback
Lesson 10. DT Review
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  • Duration
    10 days
  • Time
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