Design Thinking – Encouraging Third Way Design Practices
A design is basically a plan or specifications for the construction of a specific object or system or even for the implementations of a given activity or procedure, or the end result of which plan or specification in the shape of a model, product or procedure. The word ‘design’ itself implies that the end result has to meet some standard or definition of what it should look like and also be what the designer originally conceived it to be. So ‘design’ is more related to art than science, and is used to denote a creative leap or innovation. The verb ‘design’ therefore suggests an inventive step or development.
Designing is often used in the context of solving problems, which therefore implies that it is also a creative process. The aim of this article is to encourage designers and practitioners to adopt an active as well as a scientific approach to designing. Designing is not an art, but rather requires both knowledge and skill to produce quality design products. However, designers have an important role to play in educating users on the benefits of choosing scientific approaches over alternative strategies.
We believe that designers are playing an important role in educating users about the advantages of using scientific approaches to solve design problems. Design Thinking is important because it fosters new practices and open communication channels that otherwise would not have been possible. As such, we believe that designers are playing a pivotal role in educating users on the advantages of choosing scientific methods over alternative strategies, and that they are also making it easier for them to adopt the scientific approach when they are undertaking design thinking activities.