Design thinking is a people-centered problem solving method that promotes ethnography, empathy and iterative prototyping influenced by user testing. Collaborators are challenged to suspend judgment and leverage insights from a user group or individual to meet the needs derived from discovery and empathetic experiences. Design thinking is not a new way of generating solutions to the problems communities, organizations and people face; however, it has been seen as a very powerful and effective tool for teams to uncover hidden, ambiguous, and unknown truths about the experiences of those they are trying to solve for.
In 2019, the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation created a Field Guide for Design Thinking. Full of tools and guides on navigating the Design Thinking Process, this Field Guide takes the user through multiple, customizable “laps” to solve problems. Check out a sample of the Field Guide below.