Design Thinking

Lisa: Insisting that “no one’s life was ever changed by a powerpoint presentation”, Fast Company’s Mark Dziersk writes about design thinking as a process for problem solving and innovative ideas. As opposed to critical thinking, where ideas are “broken down” for analysis, design thinking is a creative process of “building up” ideas, taking the time to frame and define the problem, create and consider many solutions, not just the obvious, and test and re-test until the problem is solved.
I like the concept of taking time to define the problem, the example Mark gives is of a directive to build a chair. The problem is not to “build a chair”, but to “find a way to suspend a person”.

To see how some of Australia’s top designers have been applying design thinking to the fields of furniture, lighting, and textiles (and more) the Art Gallery of South Australia is currently hosting an exhibition titled Freestyle: New Australian Design for Living . It’s on now until the 14th of October.

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