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What is Design Thinking and Why Is It So Popular? | Interaction Design Foundation (IxDF)

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Design Thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the designer’s toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success." Design Thinking is an iterative and non-linear process that consists of 5 phases: 1. Empathise with Your Users, 2. Define the Problem and Interpret the Results, 3. Ideate, 4. Prototype and 5. Test. It is a creative problem-solving approach that allows us to look at problems from different angles and come up with new and innovative solutions. It encourages us to think outside of the box, challenge assumptions and redefine problems in order to create more meaningful solutions. It also helps us to gain insights which can inform our understanding of the problem and help us determine the parameters of the problem, enabling us to see alternative solutions that may not have been available with our previous level of understanding. With this process, designers can help us systematically extract, teach, learn and apply human-centered techniques to solve problems in a creative and innovative way.

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