“Well, that sounds like a ‘design’ problem.” It’s a phrase I’ve heard many times in my career. I used to love it. There was a unique challenge, and everyone was relying on designers to find the solution. But recently, it’s started to dawn on me that this phrase has not been used appropriately, or rather, […]
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 […]
With the onset of the C-19 pandemic and stay at home orders, we needed structure and alignment within my house. It was clear that we were all concerned with different aspects of the future, and those fears started to grow into arguments and buried stress. I immediately saw a need to get our thoughts out […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Welcome to our series on Design Thinking methods and activities. You’ll find a full list of posts in this series at the end of the page. Rose, Bud, Thorn may be the most commonly used Design Thinking activity at Atomic due to its versatility and ease of use.
I was listening to a Hidden Brain episode in which the host, Shankar Vedantam, and psychology professor Alison Gopnik discuss the idea of play as a tool for children to learn. In this episode, they don’t describe “play” the way that you, I, and even the Merriam-Webster dictionary do; rather, they describe it as “…trying […]