Design Thinking

By , ,     Sep 30, 2014

Creative Community Tools

National Arts Strategies has developed a set of lessons to help cultural entrepreneurs push their great ideas forward.  Think of each lesson as a tool, grouped with other related lessons to form a themed toolkit.  Each toolkit features videos and worksheets from the National Arts Strategies Team and our faculty partners.

The Creative Community Fellows explore these tools with the support of their learning groups.  We make the toolkits openly available on this blog and invite the greater arts and culture community to use them.  We invite you to share your experience with these tools in the comments section.  Happy learning!

Unit 2: Design Thinking

Design thinking is an iterative process that helps you move from having a seed of an idea to a plan for experimenting on a small scale.  Using design thinking, which is based in the scientific method, helps you question your assumptions and explore a wide range of possible solutions to the problem you are trying to solve.


Watch the video introductions from CCF faculty Kate Canales and Gray Garmon below.

Design Thinking


Design Action

Check out the Stanford virtual crash course video on design thinking.
Optional: Choose a partner in your learning group or community and participate in the Gift Giving Project.


Watch this video introduction from Kate and Gray on empathy:

Create an empathy map for a customer segment using this tool.
Check out these suggestions for additional reading on design thinking from Kate and Gray.