You can get a degree in design thinking at the D School at Stanford.
The Art of Design & Design Thinking
Framework for 21st Century Learning
Adobe, Apple, Microsoft, Crayola, Dell, Intel, Lego,
National Education Association, and Others
Design thinking can help students become successful adults
with the 21st century skills of creativity and innovation, critical
thinking, and problem solving, and communication and
“Design thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that draws
from the designer's toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the
possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success.”
Tim Brown, president and CEO of IDEO
Daniel Pink is the guru of
design thinking. He
believes the future will be
won by those who use the
right side of their brains,
the side that is emotional
Design thinking is engaging to students.
Design thinking promotes visual literacy.
Design thinking provides meaningful
opportunities to collaborate with others.
Design thinking is another validation of
the importance of the arts.
Design thinking can lead to careers in the
Who can teach it better than art
Why Should Art Teachers Teach Design Thinking?
Design thinking is a process for practical, creative
resolution of problems or issues based around the
building up of ideas. It is about the design of objects,
information, environments, and experiences. It is not
about the elements and principles of art and design.
IDEO is an award-winning global design firm that takes a human-centered,
design-based approach to helping organizations in the public and private
sectors innovate and grow.
Design thinking is the way we approach the
world when we imagine exciting new solutions
for the future.
IDEO’s Rules for Effective Brainstorming
Work collaboratively. The more brains, the better!
Defer judgment. There are no bad ideas at this point!
Encourage wild ideas. It’s the wild ideas that often inspire
the breakthrough insights!
Build on the ideas of Think “and” rather than “but.”
Stay focused on topic. You get better quality output if
everyone is disciplined.
One conversation at a That way ideas can be heard and
Time. built upon.
Be visual. Try to engage the left and right sides
of the brain.
Go for quantity. Set an outrageous goal and surpass it!
A Call to Expand
Art Education to Include
IDEO: We are a global design consultancy.
We create impact through design.
The Dr Skud Fly Swatter from Alessi.
“Designed by French designer Philippe Starck, it may seem
crude to wield a fly swatter but it is a far more ecological
response than an insecticide spray! To counteract the savagery
of the blow, Dr Skud wears a delicate human face. A tripod
enables him to stand erect like a small guardian angel!”
“It is our goal to create imagery
and products that are genuine
in spirit, bold in attitude,
becoming to the eye,
and meaningful in truth.”
I chose this doodle because the rainforest is in danger and it is not fair to the plants
and animals. I love everything except spiders and snakes, but I would still save them.
Makenzie Melton, Age 9, Grade 3 El Dorado Springs, Missouri
National Winner for 2010
Design with the Other 90%
The Hippo Roller Project