Course Description

Design thinking is a practice pioneered by top design firms like IDEO and used by some of the world’s most innovative companies. In this course, you learn the methodology and develop the mindset that will equip you to better understand problems, unlock hidden needs, and design groundbreaking innovations to address those needs. We cover every element of the design thinking approach, from empathy research to ideation to prototyping to getting user feedback and iterating from your designs. You will be able to apply your design thinking skills to your own professional field or discipline, as well as everyday life. This is course number one of five for those interested in pursuing the Design Leadership for Business Certificate, but all students wishing to learn about design thinking are encouraged to enroll.

Learner Outcomes

  • Design thinking concepts and strategies explained simply
  • How design thinking can be applied to any activity, personal or work
  • Interview and observation techniques to achieve insights into behavior that guide design thinking
  • Prototyping using simple materials, tools and skills

Additional Information


  • Understand how design thinking can apply to a wide range of activities
  • Apply design thinking to your work or personal life
  • Sharpen observation skills
  • Bring and demonstrate design thinking skills to your workplace

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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