Design Thinking Resources

Design Thinking Tools

Design thinking brings together what is desirable from a human point of view with what is technologically feasible and economically viable. It also allows people who aren’t trained as designers to use creative tools to address a vast range of challenges.

Each IDEO U course focuses on a different aspect of the design thinking process, and features video lessons taught by IDEO practitioners, activities to apply what you learn, a toolkit of methods, and additional resources. We've highlighted a few of those resources for you here.

Insights for Innovation

From Ideas to Action

Storytelling for Influence

Leading For Creativity

  • Change by Design
    The myth of innovation is that brilliant ideas leap fully formed from the minds of geniuses. The reality is that most innovations come from a process of rigorous examination through which great ideas are identified and developed before being realized as new offerings and capabilities.

    Tim Brown's Change by Design introduces design thinking, the collaborative process by which the designer’s sensibilities and methods are employed to match people’s needs with what is technically feasible and a viable business strategy.
  • 8 Habits of Curious People
    As children, we’re all curious. But for some reason, over time, we sometimes lose that childlike wonder. Maybe it’s because answers are more valued than questions in the modern age. But we’re telling you it’s important to refocus your attention on questions and curiosity. This article from Fast Company agrees.
  • What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team
    What makes for the perfect team? Do they eat more together? Do managers avoid the urge to micromanage? In 2012, Google set out to explore how teams worked. They got together the company’s best statisticians, organizational psychologists, sociologists, and engineers. You might be surprised by what they found out.