How to apply a design thinking, HCD, UX or any creative process from scratch - Deepstash
The Double Diamond revamped
  • The British Design Council's Double Diamond conveys a design process that consists of four stages: Discovery, Definition, Development and Delivery.
  • IDEO's human-centred design ideology...

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How to apply a design thinking, HCD, UX or any creative process from scratch

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According to Don Norman, the human centred design process start with:

  • a good understanding of people
  • the needs that the...

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When you cook a chilli con carne for the first time, you might start off with a recipe that you like. But once you've burned your tongue a few times, you tweak the original recipe to your own needs...

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Point of departure and basics

The Double Diamond is a structured design approach to tackle challenges in four stages: 

  1. Discover /Research — insight into the problem (diverging)
  2. Define...

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  • Try to question the brief or your initial question by challenging every part. List as many elements as you can, find characteristics, define areas of interest. List places, pe...

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Define / Synthesis

To make sense of your findings, you want to synthesise your research by applying the following steps:

  • Download all your research.
  • Cluster learnings and similarities to themes.

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As you have deduced the actual question to solve or challenge, you start ideating.

  • Ideation: You should approach ideation with an open mind and not limit yourself. Apply...

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Deliver / Implementation

Once you have a potential solution (or set of ideas), you want to evaluate the final one and the way it needs to be implemented. An agile approach can be used consisting of three steps:

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  • The Double Diamond is just one approach. It's supposed to be challenged, questioned and iterated upon.
  • The process is not linear. You need to be open to go back and forth at any point....

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