There’s lots of buzzwords when it comes to design solutions and thinking. For the most part, it’s all about thinking creatively to solve problems, but some may focus on specific parts of the problem-solving process. Here’s a quick synopsis of the most common design thinking processes.
Human Centered Design
In Human Centered Design the human comes first. While it seems that’s the way it should always be, sometimes budgets, the boss’ desires, or technology restrictions are the focus.
It relies heavily on research, observation, and collaboration to ensure the people feel the problem has been solved.
This is “thinking outside the box.” The process employs creative strategies and approaches that encourage crazy ideas.
Then while working through those crazy ideas, you find different perspectives/elements that might be useful for a new solution.
Think of Systems Thinking as more ECOsystems thinking. The concept is that if you change ONE thing (like adding a new species), you inherently affect the whole system (like destroying the local ecosystem).
Thus when looking at big picture solutions, one must account for all the possible inputs and outputs that could change how the information flow works.