Important Dates
Fall term 1 begins
Aug 26


Creative problem solving is the engine that drives every successful business, product, or idea. In this course, you’ll learn the basic concepts of design and put them to work with practical approaches to creative solutions. Shift your mindset to think like a designer by learning how to reframe problems, ask the right questions and create human-centered user experiences.

What you’ll walk away with:

  • Models of design thinking to reframe and optimize your own decision-making process
  • Strategies for prototyping with a user-centered approach to learn what really matters to your audience
  • A repeatable cycle of constant ideation and innovation for yourself or your organization

Course pricing and details:

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  • 3-Credit Tuition: $897
  • Non-Credit Tuition: $705
  • Fees: $40 Registration Fee
  • Duration: 8 Weeks

Earn a Professional Certificate:

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What will you learn in Design Thinking For Creative Problem Solving? 

Week One: Designerly Ways of Knowing

  • History of Design Thinking
  • Design Process Models
  • The ‘Wicked Problem’ of Design

Week Two: Design Thinking Mindsets

  • The Growth Mindset
  • The Empathic Mindset
  • The Insightful Mindset
  • The Human-Centered Mindset

Week Three: Definition

  • Design Model Focus: Design Model (Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, and Test)
  • Define Problems and Opportunities

Week Four: Ideation

  • What is Ideation?
  • Process of Ideation (Mapping, Sketching, Diagramming, etc.)
  • Design Model Focus: The IDEO Model (Inspire, Ideate, and Implement)

Week Five: Prototyping

  • What is a Prototype?
  • How do Prototypes Help in Design Thinking
  • Prototyping Materials and Methods?
  • Design Model Focus: Jean Liedtka’s Management Model (What is?, What if?, What wows?, and What works?)

Week Six: Testing and Iteration

  • How to Test Prototypes
  • Gathering Feedback
  • Creating Multiple Iterations
  • Design Model Focus: Design Council’s Double Diamond (Discover, Define, Develop, and Deliver)

Week Seven: Storybuilding

  • How to Pitch a Design Concept
  • Creating Your Pitch
  • Design Model Focus: The Luma Institute Model (Looking, Understanding, and Making)

Week Eight: Next Steps

  • Pitching Your Design Concept
  • Using Design Thinking in Your Career
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Kevin Henry

Kevin Henry is an award-winning product designer, Associate Professor at Columbia College Chicago and the author of Drawing for Product Designers. As Kevin transitioned in his career from the designing physical products to designing ephemeral learning experiences, he used the methods of design thinking to create and assess everything from early product definition to deeper empathy for the end-user, concept ideation, prototyping and final presentation or pitch.

In addition to researching and writing about the current state of design visualization, Kevin also designs learning experiences that are optimized for mobile devices. He is currently working on a series of interactive books designed for the iPad for the learning company The Fourth Teacher L.L.C., which he founded in 2017.

Course: Design Thinking for Creative Problem Solving