Hello Design Thinking

An introduction to the foundational concepts and tools of design thinking
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Develop a common language and understanding of design thinking across your organization. This flexible, online experience introduces non-designers to the concepts of the design thinking process—a tried-and-tested approach to creative problem solving. Through activities and case studies with IDEO experts, learn how design thinking works and begin to apply these tools and processes to your own work. It's the first step in unlocking your creative potential.

Course Outcomes
  • Establish a common language and repeatable process for creative problem solving.
  • Start applying the methods and mindsets of design thinking to your work.
  • Practice the skills of design thinking through hands-on activities.
  • Increase your confidence in your creative abilities.
Course Themes
Creative Problem Solving Brainstorming Prototyping
Price
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Time 2-5 Hours
Format Self-Paced Course
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What You'll Learn

Introduction

Learn the four phases of design thinking, a process for creative problem solving.
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  • Hello Design Thinking—A sneak peek of the course
2 Video Lessons
  • Why Design Thinking Matters Today
  • Four Phases: From Gathering Inspiration to Sharing the Story
1 Activity
  • Pick a Problem You Want to Solve

Lesson 1: Gather Inspiration

Inspire new thinking and discover what people really need through observation.
4 Video Lessons
  • Gather Inspiration
  • Making Change through Observation: The Problem
  • Making Change through Observation: The Solution
  • Six Tips for Observation from IDEO Design Director, Coe Leta Stafford
1 Activity
  • Observe Photos to Spark New Ways of Thinking

Lesson 2: Generate Ideas

Use divergent thinking to push past the obvious and get to breakthrough solutions.
4 Video Lessons
  • Generate Ideas
  • Stretching Past the Obvious: The Problem
  • Stretching Past the Obvious: The Solution
  • The Mash-Up
1 Activity
  • Spark Fresh Ideas from Unexpected Pairings

Lesson 3: Make Ideas Tangible

Build rough prototypes to learn how to make ideas better.
4 Video Lessons
  • Make Ideas Tangible
  • Saving Lives Through Simplicity: The Problem
  • Saving Lives Through Simplicity: The Solution
  • Sketching with David Kelley
1 Activity
  • Sketch to Think: Grab a Pen and Paper and Get Scrappy

Lesson 4: Share the Story

Craft a human story to inspire others toward action.
4 Video Lessons
  • Share the Story
  • Inspiring Design for the Future of Voting: The Problem
  • Inspiring Design for the Future of Voting: The Solution
  • 4 Tips for Story Impact from IDEO Design Director, Jenn Maer
1 Activity
  • Share Your Idea in a Story

Conclusion

Closing Thoughts from David Kelley
2 Video Lessons
  • Gaining Mastery through Practice
  • Farewell from David Kelley

Meet Your Instructors

David Kelley

IDEO Founder and Chairman

David’s most enduring contributions are in human-centered design methodology and design thinking. He and his brother co-authored the New York Times best-selling book Creative Confidence. David has been recognized with numerous awards and holds honorary PhDs from Dartmouth and Art Center College.

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Monica Director of Success Western Michigan University
Hello Design Thinking
Self-Paced Course

“A wonderfully designed course with really insightful concepts. I actively took notes throughout. I come from a highly experienced management consulting background - I can recognize strong frameworks and ideas!”

Michael
Hello Design Thinking
Self-Paced Course

“I've read a lot about Design Thinking but never before have I had such a simple and complete explanation with hands-on exercises to understand it in such a great way!”

Luisa São Paulo, Brazil
Hello Design Thinking
Self-Paced Course

“IDEO U brings IDEO next to me, making it so much easier to introduce design thinking to others in my various companies. I don't feel lonely anymore as a design thinking practitioner and advocate.”

Christine Taipei City, Taiwan
Hello Design Thinking
Self-Paced Course

“The course was a great introduction. It was just the right amount of information to introduce the concept. The case studies and activities helped drive home the point of each phase that was introduced.”

Monica Kalamazoo, MI

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