In our DesAlps DT Lab in Germany we started a Design Thinking journey and therefore deeply immersed into the DT approach together with participants from different SMEs, start-ups and freelancer. We started with a deeper understanding of the challenges and generated prototypes for the solutions in co-creation in interdisciplinary teams. This allowed all participants to experience DT from beginning to end and thus finding answers to their challenges.
1. Design Thinking - Crash course:
The first leg of our journey led us to a deeper understanding of design thinking. Therefore we discussed questions like: What actually is Design Thinking? and: In which context is the use of DT useful? With this theoretical knowledge, we built up a good foundation for practical experience in design thinking. So we started going through the whole process which allowed learning by doing practically. In the end, first solutions were generated.
2. Design Thinking - Prototyping:
As a continuation of the DT crash course we generated prototypes for the developed solutions. The goal of this step was to gain a common understanding for the ideas and to be able to quickly improve the ideas. Therefore different types of prototyping were presented, so that the design thinkers could choose the right prototype for their ideas and build a first simple model. See here
3. Design Thinking - Testing:
Concluding our DT journey we had a next session to test the prototypes. For this purpose, there were individual test stations where the demonstrations of the prototypes took place.
The feedback from the different test users helped to develop the ideas further from an user-oriented perspective.
Take aways from the DesAlps Design Thinking Journey:
- The participants received new impulses and methods, which they can use in their own daily work.
- Detached from existing concepts and thought patterns, the Design Thinking approach helped for getting a better understanding of the user groups.
- The participants experienced a new form of cooperation in Design Thinking context, which is characterized by creativity, experimentation, trust and cooperation.