Design Thinking

Kajol Kumari • March 30, 2022 8 mins read

Why design thinking is important in any of your projects? What function does it play in your design?


In this article, we'll explore what exactly is Design thinking and how it can play a significant role in your projects!


"Design thinking is a human-centered, problem-solving, pragmatic and non-linear process."

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You must be anticipating what do these terms mean. Worry not; I will discuss them in detail!


1. Human centered:

It's a framework that integrates a set of practices to understand the users-their needs, constraints, behaviours, wants- so that you can build deep empathy with them, generate multiple ideas, and arrive at a solution via rapid prototyping.


You can remember this by a simple equation-

(Immersion + Pain points + Collaborations = Human centered design)


Even have made a design kit to help us understand human-centered design. Why don't you explore it yourself!

Wanna dive deep into Human-centered design? Click here

2. Problem-solving:

The process of designing always starts with a problem at hand. And, design helps to resolve the problem in a way that satisfies the related users.

Bole toh simple language mein kese hum log ek problem ko solve kar sakte hain!" Isko yaad rakhne ke liye ek easy equation hai-


(Fall in love with the problem + Explore the problem + Challenge the existing problem = Problem solving)


Agar ye smajh ni aya apko, toh sayad apko Medium pe jakar ek bhaishab ka article padhna padega! :p Wait, naam btati hun...

"Design is more than problem-solving by Dennis Hambeukers"


3. Pragmatic:

It means thinking or dealing with problems in a practical way, rather than by using theory or abstract principles.


This can be understood effortlessly-

(Experiments + Visuals & Drawings + Prototyping = Pragmatic thinking)


To comprehend this better, read this blog


4. Non-linear process:

This is my favourite topic out of all because here we keep iterating in a loop until we get the desired solution. It gets messy in the beginning but if you get the hang of working in a loop, it improves your designs and you won't even get tired when you get the results!


Bole toh aese yaad rakhne ka-

(Chaotic process + flexibilty + Iterative process = Non-linear approach)


You can read in-depth from the following blog about the Non-linear approach to design thinking Click here to read

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These are the fundamental principles of design thinking.

To summaries the above-highlighted points, we talked about-

1.  Start with a deep user focus.

2.  Explore the problem to gain insights.

3.  Generate multiple ideas.

4.  Materialize a thinking solution.

5.  Keep iterating...

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In the coming articles, we will try to interpret the Design methodologies used by various designers in their projects and the reasons behind their utilization.


This article is an attempt to decode design thinking in your project and help you upgrade yourself in this ruthless competition. I hope that you ace your design battlefield! :) 

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