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Design Thinking and How to go About it

What is Design Thinking? How do you define the process in which a design comes about? Every designer has a process of their own in which they believe “works” for them. Some go for a linear route and some would be called organized chaos. The most important part that all designers have in common though is crit. Critique is an important part in design thinking which follows every step and is needed as an essential. Without crit, design would not have grown at the rapid rate of where it is today. Having an essential base process is important, even if it doesn’t follow the conventional pattern; as long as the main process fulfills the requirements to inform the client then all other rules go out the door. Many designs would not even require “design thinking” because many decisions are straight logical or common sense.

Below is a lecture called, “Design Thinking is BullSh*t” by Natasha Jen. She explains her thoughts on why she believes a linear process is not necessarily how design thinking works and what can be done about it.