Design Thinking for youth projects

candidate, PhD in Economics
Director of the Center for Technology Transfer and Cluster Development of Northern Arctic
Federal University, Arkhangelsk (Russia)

“Design thinking” - a methodology that imbues the full spectrum of innovation activities with a human-centered design ethos. By this I mean that innovation is powered by a thorough understanding, through direct observation, of what people want and need in their lives and what they like or dislike about the way particular products are made, packaged, marketed,sold and supported”. [Tim Brown, Design Thinking]

Design Thinking is a structured approach to innovation that leverages multidisciplinary teams, flexible environments and a creative process in order to come up with user
focused products, services or experiences. The Design Thinking Process is a human-centered set of methods and tools that combines approaches found in design and ethnography with technology and business skills. Without constraints design cannot happen. These constraints represent three close tied spheres:

  • technology, business and human. Designers use this iterative process to find out about
  • people's hidden needs and match those with what is technologically feasible and what is
  • viable in terms of business strategy.

Design thinking process consist of the some steps: Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, Test.