Tools and Techniques

How many designers does it take to change a light bulb? Why a light bulb?

Tools and techniques to help research and clarify the problem or opportunity, and initiate solution convergence.

  • Visualization
  • Affinity Mapping
  • Journey Mapping
  • Co-Creation
  • Storyboards
  • Mind Mapping
  • Concept illustrations (show in context)
  • Concept Development/Clusters
  • Rule-of-Thirds (fit ideas into composition that focuses attention)
  • Prototyping
  • Simulation
  • Reframing
  • Question Techniques: Uncover questions that traditional conventions obscure; the right questions are essential
    • Think like a detective with few clues, and ask “what might have happened?” (abductive thinking)
    • Ask bigger questions “What is the future of mobile computing?” and you have one week for the exercise
    • Examine as if it is something you have never done before (with very fine detail).