Design Thinking

Design Thinking

Design thinking is a creative, problem-solving process which helps people design meaningful solutions. At its heart is the ability to see a situation from someone else's point of view, engineer a solution, and test it out to see how your solution works for them. The empathy required in the process is an essential skill for people working through any type of design process. Through design thinking, students understand their world by being able to see how it is put together and how the parts of any system or problem can be reinvented.

David Kelley

The basic premise of design thinking revolves around empathy, being understanding of what other people want, and how the world is put together from a social and emotional point of view.
— David Kelley, IDEO Founder


The D39C Design Process
Our Inspiration

The five Phases of the design process: 

D39 Love Letter

A D39 Love Letter

Kindergarten Imagine their Dream Houses

Pod C Kindergartners Imagine their Dream Houses

Student Interviews

Student Powered Interviews

Trailers from 4/5 Exploration

D39C Trailers from 4/5 Exploration



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