- Empathy - They can imagine the world from multiple perspectives - those of colleagues, clients, end users, and customers (current and prospective). By taking a "people first" approach, design thinkers can imagine solutions that are inherently desirable and meet explicit or latent needs. Great design thinkers observe the world in minute detail. They notice things others do not and use their insights to inspire innovation.
- Integrative Thinking - They not only rely on analytical processes (those that produce either/or choices) but also exhibit the ability to see all the salient - and sometimes contradictory - aspects of a confounding problem and create novel solutions that go beyond and dramatically improve on existing alternatives.
- Optimism - They assume that no matter how challenging the constraints of a given problem, at least one potential solution is better than the existing alternatives.
- Experimentalism - Significant innovations don't come from the incremental tweaks. Design thinkers pose questions and explore constraints in creative ways that proceed in entirely new directions.
- Collaboration - The increasing complexity of products, services, and experiences has replaced the myth of the lone creative genius with the reality of the enthusiastic interdisciplinary collaborator. The best design thinkers don't simply work alongside other disciplines; many of them have significant experience in more than one.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
The Personality Profile of a Designer
Famed design firm IDEO CEO Tim Brown has developed a list of key characteristics that one should look for in design thinkers: