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Articulating Design Thinking contains a collection of thought-provoking papers from researchers based in eight different countries around the world – Sweden, Italy, Denmark, Israel, UK, USA, Australia and Turkey – that all deal with articulations of design thinking from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. These include: architecture, inclusive design, industrial design and interaction design.
The phrase “design thinking” has become cemented in our everyday lexicon. Design thinking now routinely extends, so it is claimed, to contemporary forms of design, engineering, business and management practice. Often viewed as a particular style of creative thinking-in-action – design thinking, we are told, can transform the way we develop products, services, processes and even strategy.
A lot of work has been published in recent years on the subject of design thinking and how designers think and act. A frequently held consensus across this work is the notion that design thinking has a number of common features that are typified and manifested in strong commitment and personal motivation of the individual. It is widely suggested that designers possess the courage to take risks, they are prepared to fail and that they are motivated and committed to work hard.
Designers, during their design thinking activities, regularly (re)define and/or frame problems; they adopt holistic thinking and they sketch, visualise and model possible ideas throughout their design processes. This book examines the many facets of design thinking across a range of different design domains through comparing and contrasting the processes, methods and approaches contained within this thought-provoking collection of papers.