The mindset of human-centered innovation
Design Thinking is a process for creating elegant user-centered solutions in multidisciplinary teams. But it’s much more than that: it is a mindset — another way of tackling challenges: empathetic and hands-on. Don’t talk, do! Implemented in daily work, the problem-solving potential of Design Thinking finds its expression in the form of a living innovation culture. This is even more the case when truly desireable solutions are sought. How this works in detail can be experienced in this workshop. In this two weeks you will experience and learn core competencies for your work in creative and innovative fields.
You will go through the whole Design Thinking process multiple times in small teams. It starts with understanding the challenge, doing field research, to find a point of view; ideate on your insights to create prototypes and test your solution with users. You and your team are the most valuable resources. It is important to broach conflicts, create dynamics and make use of the different team competences for the right tasks. Therefore, we give guidance and tutorials full of creative methods — like idea-typing and brainswarming — which you will use freely and extensively to provoke a lot of ideas.
Design Thinking is structured, quick and dirty. It is always time-timed, which enforces quick decision making, in order to push for wild and spontaneous ideas. This mood is perfect to come up with truly innovative solutions for products or services. The goal is to become empathetic with your user and create the perfect solution. You will work with your head and with your hands. That means no computer, no endless lectures, no powerpoint slides, no e-mails and no documents, but a lot of movement, interaction, intuition, fun and an ocean of post-its. Don’t worry, just be curious!
The challenge to be processed in this workshop is a real one from the context of Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. Carolin and Julius, experienced Design Thinking Coaches, will guide you through the process, as well as support each team on their journey to innovation.
You will gain deep insights and hands-on-experience with Design Thinking. Results of the workshop are a comprehensive, well-informed, user-centered solution with various prototypes.
The course language is English.