Let’s think about Design Thinking Use Cases. Just about any science, culture and value. Design thinking is a habit of mind based on mindset, perception, cognition and process that is used across the widest range of human activities to frame ill-defined yet complex (wicked) problems and solve them with outcomes such as products, services, spaces, business models, operational systems or social benefits. Another word for these outcomes is innovation. What can you do with design thinking? You can:

Design - User experience design
  • Create new products. It is not just ‘stylish’ products but rather thoughtful product design that is integral to social, economic and cultural progress. People deserve thoughtfully designed products within the limits of available resources. Function is more important than elegance.
  • Build spaces. Physical environments influence how people behave and feel. We can create new human-centred spatial experiences to make the emotional part of human life as delightful as the function. By rethinking space, we send messages about civility and progress to our users.
Create Logo - Drawing
  • Create new services. Through empathy and a deep understanding of the people you serve, you can create end-to-end services that serve the limitations, motivations and values that we all have.
  • Design innovative systems. How do you balance the complexity of diverse stakeholder needs with the needs of society? By setting high-level strategies, writing compelling visions, and stating and communicating priorities across an entire system.
Contemplation - Dream board
  • Design curriculum. Teachers are constantly looking for better ways to connect teaching to the interests and desires of today’s learners by finding out more about the things that students do outside of school; identifying their passions; and connecting to their actual needs, fears and desires.

Here are other design thinking use cases

Alternative Energy - Windmill
  • How might we design a cook stove that reduces the amount of smoke inhaled by the user?
  • How might we build an irrigation pump that can run without the electricity grid?
  • How might we design a toilet for families living in areas with no sanitation infrastructure?
  • How might we redesign the common areas of a community housing structure to encourage connection and cooperation among neighbours?
  • How might we design a water delivery service providing clean drinking water along with health and nutrition products?
  • How might we design a sustainable business model for a pit toilet emptying service?
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