The Chasm to Divergent Thinking

Everyone understands it. No one would likely to disagree with it. Yet the practice of it is not as common as we’d wish it could be. The Subtle Reality of Divergent Thinking The subtle reality is that it’s sometimes hard NOT to skip the divergent thinking phase when we’re under circumstantial pressure. Zooming out is…

The Chain of Clarification and the Wall of Clarity

‘What do you mean by that?’ Scott Berkun’s post, The Best Definition of Innovation, points out a very important issue about how we solve business problems: The best thing is ask anyone who uses the word innovation is: What do you mean when you say that? Even in what he regards as the best definition…

What Design Thinking Is NOT

The polymorphic nature of the concept makes it easier to understand what it’s not than to see what exactly it is.

Book Review: Design Thinking: Understanding How Designers Think and Work

Design Thinking: Understanding How Designers Think and Work by Nigel Cross The Bottom Line Written by one of the leading figures in design research, the book is supposed to “help anyone interested in design to develop their understanding of how designers think and work.” And it’s only 150 pages. Official Summary Design thinking is the core creative process for any designer; this…

Book Preview: Strategic Design Thinking

Strategic Design Thinking: Innovation in Products, Services, Experiences and Beyond by Natalie W. Nixon The Bottom Line Perspectives matter a lot. If you think you know what design thinking is about, read it and think again. Official Summary Who can design? For too long, that question has highlighted the supposed division between right-brain dominant “creative types” and left-brain dominant “analytical types.” Such a division…

Book Review: Design Thinking

Design Thinking: Integrating Innovation, Customer Experience, and Brand Value by Thomas Lockwood The Bottom Line Since design thinking is so many things that experts and practioners can’t even agree with each other on a definition, at least you get to know what Design Thinking is likely NOT. And that’s extremely beneficial. Official Summary Design Thinking confirms that design, as a process and as…

Book Review: Frame Innovation

Frame Innovation: Create New Thinking by Design By Kees Dorst Amazon | MIT Press | GoodReads Overview: When organizations apply old methods of problem-solving to new kinds of problems, they may accomplish only temporary fixes or some ineffectual tinkering around the edges. Today’s problems are a new breed-open, complex, dynamic, and networked-and require a radically different response. In…

Book Preview: The Design Way

The Design Way: Intentional Change in an Unpredictable World by Harold G. Nelson, Erik Stolterman Amazon | MIT Press The book turns out to be one of the best books on design I’ve ever read. It’s not a “designer” book – the authors don’t teach you how to design. Instead, the authors discuss the concept of…