Design Thinking Spaces; Not Steps

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Anneke Zwart
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Design Thinking Spaces; Not Steps

According to Brown and Wyatt (2010), design thinking is not a process of orderly steps. Rather, design thinking contains three so-called "spaces" that are overlapping. The authors describe the following spaces that exist in design thinking:
1. Inspiration: Inspiration can be seen as the problems or chances that encourage people to search for solutions.
2. Ideation: This can be defined as the creation, the development and the assessment of particular ideas
3. Implementation: The process that starts from the project stage to implementing the ideas into reality. In other words, the realization of a certain plan or design.
These are not called steps because they do not necessarily occur sequentially. For example, a project might loop back through those different “spaces” because new paths and ideas are often discovered during the process of the project.

Source: Brown, T. and J. Wyatt (2010) “Design Thinking for Social Innovation” Stanford Social Innovation Review pp 29-35

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