The Nature of Design Thinking

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DTRS8 Interpreting Design Thinking: Design Thinking Research Symposium Proceedings, 2010, pp. 131 - 139
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In the last few years, 'Design Thinking' has gained popularity - it is now seen as an exciting new paradigm for dealing with problems in sectors as a far afield as IT, Business, Education and Medicine. This potential success challenges the design research community to provide clear and unambiguous answers to two key questions: 'What is the nature of design think- ing?' and 'What could it bring to other professions?'. In this paper we sketch a provisional answer to these questions by first considering the reasoning pattern behind design thinking, and then enriching this picture by linking in key concepts from models of design activity and design thinking that have emerged over the last twenty years of design research.
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