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What is design thinking?

Design thinking is a process that refocuses a company’s energy on the consumer rather than the product. With this people-first mindset, teams seek to understand what consumers need and how their products can fulfill those needs. Seeing products through the eyes of the consumer enables businesses to tailor their products to target audiences. Products that go through this journey are more likely to solve consumers’ everyday problems. 

What are the stages of design thinking?

  • Because design thinking prioritizes potential customers, teams must conduct research and develop a firm grasp of their target audience’s preferences.

The interests of consumers direct how a product is developed in a design thinking process, so companies should begin by conducting research. These efforts could take the form of interviews where teams observe the reactions that products evoke from consumers. Along the way, businesses can further define who their desired users are and how they can cater to their specific needs. 

Teams can start brainstorming solutions and creating prototypes after the initial steps, ending with a test format to gauge how well the product serves consumers. If companies stumble during any stage, they may need to discern whether their strategy centers around product or service design. A sharper understanding of the campaign and consumer preferences will help businesses deliver more refined products and services.

Why is design thinking important?

  • Design thinking builds connections between teams and consumers, leading to products that reflect a more thoughtful, purposeful approach.

A product means nothing if it doesn’t do something to improve the lives of people, and design thinking reminds companies of this reality. When businesses adopt design thinking, they embrace a human-centered design that emphasizes the priorities of consumers. This mindset requires various teams to come together to solve the problems of their target audiences, building stronger bonds between employees and audiences. 

By forging genuine connections, companies are better able to stand out from the waves of products that bombard consumers daily. The ‘attention economy’ has become saturated with demands for attention, leaving people overstimulated and harder to make an impression on. Design thinking cuts through the noise with products that account for consumers’ preferences. As a result, this approach is an efficient method for releasing products that consumers will buy.

How do you practice design thinking?

The adaptability of design thinking makes it a convenient process to adopt in a diverse range of situations.

Whether someone is a product manager or the leader of a Learning and Development team, professionals can tailor design thinking to a variety of circumstances. To embody the right mindset, teams must embrace constraints, empathy and the possibility of failure. These requirements reflect design thinking’s people-first attitude. With these ideals, teams will come to respect consumers’ wishes and strive to meet their standards. 

Becoming comfortable with these values is not always easy, so companies can support their employees by investing in design thinking courses. Design thinking may require retraining for a customer-first mindset, but once businesses immerse themselves in this process, they can apply design thinking to their projects seamlessly.

Courses

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Enrich your design and UX background by gaining new skills through Udemy’s online courses.

General Assembly

Are you interested in UX Design, but have no prior experience or an idea of where to start? You’ve come to the right place!

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Learn the Design Thinking process from inception to validation. Understand users, uncover insights, prototype & test

 

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  • Learn the entire…

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Understand your audience, envision a creative solution, and test your prototype

 

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  • Apply the design thinking framework to solve problems more…

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Apply the five-step design thinking process to identify and creatively solve problems using a human-centered approach.

 

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  • Apply the 5-step design…

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Certifications

Design Thinking Certifications + Programs

Discover new avenues in your career by earning certifications with Udacity design and UX courses. 

General Assembly’s Visual Design course helps you explore the art and science of visual communication and the process of creating beautiful digital products. Create a production- ready composition for a responsive webpage, conveying your vision through typography, layout, and color. You’ll learn to give and receive design critique and implement feedback to improve your designs.

 

What you'll accomplish

This is a beginner-friendly program with no prerequisites, although many students have used software such as Photoshop, Sketch, Figma, or Adobe XD* previously and may be familiar with basic design principles. Beginners will have access to optional tutorials to practice using software and boost their confidence ahead of class. Throughout this expert-designed program, you’ll:

  • Conduct research to inform content strategy and design decisions.
  • Create a digital design solution that balances client needs and user goals.
  • Design digital layouts with industry-standard tools such as Figma and Sketch.
  • Implement visual design best practices in composition, typography, imagery, and colors.
  • Communicate design decisions to stakeholders and collaborators.
  • Apply what you’ve learned to create a portfolio project: a production-ready mockup for a responsive webpage and a presentation deck to document your process.

 

Why General Assembly

Since 2011, General Assembly has graduated more than 40,000 students worldwide from the full time & part time courses. During the 2020 hiring shutdown, GA's students, instructors, and career coaches never lost focus, and the KPMG-validated numbers in their Outcomes report reflect it. *For students who graduated in 2020 — the peak of the pandemic — 74.4% of those who participated in GA's full-time Career Services program landed jobs within six months of graduation. General Assembly is proud of their grads + teams' relentless dedication and to see those numbers rising. Download the report here.

 

Your next step? Submit an application to talk to the General Assembly Admissions team


 

Note: reviews are referenced from Career Karma - https://careerkarma.com/schools/general-assembly

 

General Assembly

Learn the tools and techniques to design products that are equal parts useful, functional, and delightful. Focusing on both theoretical frameworks and practical applications, students in General Assembly’s User Experience Design course will develop a portfolio project of their choosing — receiving expert feedback along the way.

 

What you'll accomplish

This is a beginner-friendly program with no prerequisites, although many students are familiar with digital design concepts. Whether you’re new to the field or you’re looking to formalize your practice, our curriculum helps you gain fluency in end-to-end UX processes, tools and documentation and put them to work for you, your company, and your career. Throughout this expert-designed program, you’ll:

  • Discover how to identify, ideate, articulate, and develop design solutions for UX challenges.
  • Describe how UX designers work with product managers, developers, and visual designers.
  • Explore the current UX design landscape through relevant, real-world examples.
  • Develop and document personas, journey maps, user flows, and annotated wireframes.
  • Utilize industry-standard tools to propose and refine design decisions.
  • Apply what you’ve learned to create a portfolio project: a new or redesigned digital product experience.

 

Why General Assembly

Since 2011, General Assembly has graduated more than 40,000 students worldwide from the full time & part time courses. During the 2020 hiring shutdown, GA's students, instructors, and career coaches never lost focus, and the KPMG-validated numbers in their Outcomes report reflect it. *For students who graduated in 2020 — the peak of the pandemic — 74.4% of those who participated in GA's full-time Career Services program landed jobs within six months of graduation. General Assembly is proud of their grads + teams' relentless dedication and to see those numbers rising. Download the report here.

 

Your next step? Submit an application to talk to the General Assembly Admissions team


 

Note: reviews are referenced from Career Karma - https://careerkarma.com/schools/general-assembly

 

General Assembly

General Assembly’s User Experience Design Immersive is a transformative course designed for you to get the necessary skills for a UX Design role in three months. 

The User Experience Design bootcamp is led by instructors who are expert practitioners in their field, supported by career coaches that work with you since day one and enhanced by a career services team that is constantly in talks with employers about their UX Design hiring needs.

 

What you'll accomplish

As a graduate, you’ll have a portfolio of projects that show your creative and technical ability to launch the next generation of successful apps, websites and digital experiences. Throughout this program, you will:

  • Identify and implement the most effective methods of user research to gain a deeper understanding of what users want and need.

  • Use interaction and visual design techniques to craft a dynamic digital product that brings delight and function to users.

  • Conduct usability testing to make product experiences more accessible for diverse user populations and environments.

  • Learn best practices for working within a product team, employing product management techniques and evaluating technical constraints to better collaborate with developers.

  • Produce polished design documentation, including wireframes and prototypes, to articulate design decisions to clients and stakeholders.

  • Prepare for the world of work, compiling a professional-grade portfolio of solo, group, and client projects.

 

Prerequisites

This is a beginner-friendly program with no prerequisites, although many students are familiar with common tools for graphic and web designers and some may have had exposure to UX concepts in the past. The General Assembly curriculum helps you gain fluency in end-to-end UX processes, tools, and documentation and put them to work on the path to a new career as a User Experience Designer.

 

Why General Assembly

Since 2011, General Assembly has graduated more than 40,000 students worldwide from the full time & part time courses. During the 2020 hiring shutdown, GA's students, instructors, and career coaches never lost focus, and the KPMG-validated numbers in their Outcomes report reflect it. *For students who graduated in 2020 — the peak of the pandemic — 74.4% of those who participated in GA's full-time Career Services program landed jobs within six months of graduation.  General Assembly is proud of their grads + teams' relentless dedication and to see those numbers rising. Download the report here.

 

Your next step? Submit an application to talk to the General Assembly Admissions team


 

Note: reviews are referenced from Career Karma - https://careerkarma.com/schools/general-assembly

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