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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.

who should take this course?

Design Thinking for Creative Problem Solving is ideal for individuals or teams who are looking for strategic ways to design solutions. Students will learn repeatable methods for problem solving that can be applied to technical or creative industries.

Course pricing and details:

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

Course Outline

Week One

  • Designerly Ways of Knowing: An Introduction to Design Thinking
  • An Evolution of Design
  • Design Constraints and Solving Problems
  • A Fluid and Iterative Design Process
  • Urban Planning
  • Wicked Problems

Week Two

  • Design Thinking Mindsets
  • The Growth Mindset
  • The Empathic Mindset
  • The Insightful Mindset
  • The Human-Centered Mindset
  • Applying the Design Thinking Mindset

Week Three

  • The Power of Definition
  • The d.School Design Thinking Model
  • Making Sense of Research: An Introduction to Sensemaking
  • Synthesis: Organizing, Pruning, and Interpreting
  • Defining through Projection

Week Four

  • What is an Idea?
  • What is Ideation?
  • Externalizing Ideas
  • The 3 Ds and Definition
  • Communicating through Depiction and Demonstration

Week Five

  • Prototyping the Prepared Prototype
  • Fidelity
  • Learning from Failure
  • The 3 Ds of Prototyping Methods

Week SIx

  • Heuristics
  • Prototypes Perform
  • Co-Creation and Empathy in Testing
  • Testing Methods and Usability Testing
  • Perpetual Beta

Week Seven

  • Design Challenge Part 1 and Alternative Models
  • Empathy, Definition, and Ideation Real-World Scenarios
  • Alternative Design Thinking Models

Week Eight

  • Design Challenge Part 2 and Pitching Your Story
  • Prototyping Real-World Scenario
  • Testing Real-World Scenario
  • Looking Ahead

Stack to Earn a Professional Certificate

Design Thinking for Creative Problem Solving can be applied to the following certificate programs:

Business Innovation Professional Certificate
Emerging Technologies for Business Professional Certificate
Innovative Retail Merchandising Professional Certificate
General Creative Studies Professional Certificate.

Course Author

Course Author

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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