Monday, September 26, 2022

Design thinking and libraries (and a reminder about brainstorming)

Many libraries are engaging in design thinking. The Interaction Design Foundation defines it as:

Design thinking is a non-linear, iterative process that teams use to understand users, challenge assumptions, redefine problems and create innovative solutions to prototype and test. Involving five phases—Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype and Test—it is most useful to tackle problems that are ill-defined or unknown.

Design thinking is not mysterious, in fact, it is likely that you are already doing it (e.g., brainstorming). However, good design thinking requires structure. Here are a few resources to help you understand and use it, as well as links to several blog posts I've written on brainstorming. (BTW good brainstorming follows a few easy rules.)

Resources on design thinking:

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