What is Design Thinking?

Design Thinking is a way of thinking. It fosters innovation by combining creativity and analytical approaches to problem solving. It requires collaboration across different disciplines, or subject areas, or career fields. Stanford d.school Executive Director Sarah Stein Greenberg describes it as a "process that highlights problem finding as much as it does problem solving. It is a human-centered design process: one that encourages designers to observe users in the authentic context of their lives and 'empathize,' or experience the same problems that their users are experiencing." (What is Design Thinking?)

There are different representations of the Design Thinking process, but the underlying structure is the same regardless of the graphic used. For our purposes, we have adapted the cycles of both the d.school and The Nueva School to best illustrate Design Thinking in Del Mar Union:.