Design Thinking Toolkit, Activity 20 – 2×3

You’ve identified a problem and maybe even asked, “How might we…?” Now it’s time to think of some fast solutions. 2×3 can kickstart quick prototyping and ideation. It’s great as a warmup for more detailed or complex solution-building activities. This is part of our series on Design Thinking Methods and Activities. You’ll find a full […]

Adapting Design Thinking Methods to a Team’s Cultural Dimensions

When you start incorporating design thinking into a business, you usually bring more than practices. Why? The methods of design thinking are rooted in collaboration, out-of-the-box thinking, and taking measured risks. And at some companies, these attitudes are downplayed, or even outright discouraged. Bringing design thinking into a company like this can be very challenging. […]

Design Thinking Toolkit, Activity 18 – What’s On Your Radar?

Looking for a great icebreaker or a quick way to gather folk’s thoughts or overall impressions? Wondering what a stakeholder’s highest priority is? Look no further than What’s On Your Radar? This is part of our series on Design Thinking Methods and Activities. You’ll find a full list of posts in this series at the […]

Get More Value from “Hopes and Fears” with a Quadrant Map

The “Hopes and Fears” Design Thinking exercise is a great way to foster discussion around our client’s worries and hopes about the project, especially early on in the process. For a recent project, I was researching ways to get more actionable output from the exercise. I found a fantastic blog post from Innovator Ltd on […]

Design Thinking Toolkit, Activity 16 – How Might We…?

Hoping to turn problems into opportunities for design? Look no further than How Might We (HMW). This is a classic Design Thinking activity—and simple, to boot. Begin with a problem area that is challenging for a person/organization/system/environment/etc., and add HMW, reformatting the problem to suggest that a solution is possible.

Design Thinking Toolkit, Activity 15 – How to Make Toast

Asking clients to explain how nuanced and complex systems work can be a daunting task. Add to that the fact that each participant may have a unique approach to explaining a process, and you might just be left with a confusing workflow that’s missing key information. “How to Make Toast” can help prepare your group […]