Stages of Design Thinking
Now before getting into a detailed view on Design Thinking let’s get a brief introduction on Design Thinking.
Introduction to Design Thinking
Design thinking is a non-direct, iterative interaction that Development teams use to comprehend the clients, challenge assumptions, rethink issues, and come up with creative solutions for model and test. All these are done by following the 5 steps of Design Thinking Now let’s look at what are the 5 steps and get a brief idea of those.
5 Steps of Design Thinking
- Empathize : The first stage of the Design Thinking process is to try and understand the problem you are trying to solve. This involves consulting with experts to find out more knowledge on the topic through observing, engaging and empathizing with people to understand their experiences and motivations, as well as involving yourself in the physical environment so you can gain a deeper personal understanding of the issues involved.
- Define:- During the Define stage, you put together the information you have created and gathered during the previous stage. This is where you will analyze your observations and combine them in order to define the core problems that you and your team have identified up to this point.
- Ideate: Ideate means to come up with an idea or form up an idea. This is the Third Stage of Design Thinking and during this stage, developers start generating ideas. We have already learned to understand our users and their needs in the Empathize stage. And also have analyzed and synthesized our problem and have come up with a problem statement. So in this phase, the team can start thinking out of the box and come up with solutions regarding the problem statement. And also can find alternative ways to view the problem.
- Now there are several techniques for ideation such as BrainStorming, Brainwrite Scamper etc.
- Prototype:- This is the Fourth Stage of Design Thinking and in this stage, the design team will produce a number of products so they can check the problem solution found in previous stages. Prototypes may be tested within team members outside of the design team. This helps to find out the optimum solution for each of the problems and also helps the team to understand better how the real users would behave, think and feel when interacting with the end product.
- Test: Designers or evaluators continuously test the complete product using the optimum solutions identified during the prototyping phase. This is the Last Stage of the 5 Stage Model. But in an iterative process, the output generated is not enough; there are several problems that are further solved or altered. This Means a continuous evaluation of user behavior and feeling is monitored and changes are done accordingly.
Now there may arise a question in your mind that what is the importance of Design Thinking or Why does it matter so much in today’s world.
The reason is that:-
In UX design it’s crucial to develop and enhance skills to understand and address rapid changes in users’ environments and behaviors. Design teams use design thinking to tackle unknown problems because they can reframe these in human-centric ways in a way that a human can understand and focus on what’s most important for users.
Conclusion:- From this analysis on Design thinking we have come to a conclusion that Of all Design processes, design thinking may be certainly the best for “thinking outside the box” or think something unique and do better UX research, Prototyping and, usability Testing to uncover new ways to meet user needs.