Why researchers in various disciplines are using the principles of design to solve problems big and small.
“Design is an iterative process – we make, and evaluate, and even by making we change our understanding [of the process]. Even a perfect design changes when it’s put into practice”. This process of designing, making, evaluating and then changing can happen dozens, even hundreds, of times on a single project.
Design thinkers often speak of “human-centered design” and “social innovation,” concepts that flow from DT’s assertion that no single person has the answer to a complex problem. Instead, it focuses on collective goals and places a premium on sustainability, community, culture and the empowerment of people. “It means you go about your problem-solving in a more holistic way. We can say ‘human-centered,’ but it’s actually ‘life-centered”. “Our brand of design thinking is amenable to working within social systems and improving the lot of communities.”