Wednesday, March 11, 2009

David Kelley Promotes Design Thinking

We almost lost one of the world's greatest design thinkers to throat cancer last year. Fortunately, modern medicine has given us some more time to learn from one of the great design educators of our time. David Kelley is the founder of IDEO, one of the leading design firms in the world and, more recently, the, an interdisciplinary program to spread design thinking across many departments at Stanford University.

People across the world are trying to figure David Kelley out and learn how to do what he and his innovative design team does. Kelley says one of the greatest leaps for his own thinking was when he realized the task was not "designing" objects but applying "design thinking" to any challenge.

Kelley says, "We moved from thinking of ourselves as designers to thinking of ourselves as design thinkers. We have a methodology that enables us to come up with a solution that nobody has before." This is a quote from an article about Kelley by Linda Tischler in Fast Company magazine. Click on the heading above to read Tischler's excellent article in Fast Company magazine.

Design thinking is a methodology, very much like the scientific process, that can be learned and applied to creating practical innovations in products, services and any place where new ideas are necessary. As design educators, our task is to teach and apply the design thinking process as a basic skill for all students. Our challenge is to re-design K-12 education for the 21st century by applying design thinking across the curriculum and transforming the experience of schooling for all students, teachers, administrators and parents.

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