At the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., design thinking is built into students’ and teachers’ everyday lives. The process, which is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, building by hand, and lots of experimentation, is documented and shared among staff.
Thinking like a designer transforms the way we approach problems and gives us a process for generating innovative solutions. It can help people creatively tackle any challenge. The basic approach is simple: You start by identifying and exploring a problem you want to take on. Then you brainstorm, imagining a whole slew of possible solutions. You choose the best few ideas and test them out with prototypes, using feedback to help you evolve and refine your ideas. And once you’ve tested and refined and arrived at a solution that works, you make it happen.
Source: Design Thinking