Design Systems Thinking Post 1

For our first blog post in our capstone class we are looking at the article System thinking and Design thinking: Complimentary Approaches, written by Grace Mugdaza, and the article Design Thinking for Social Innovation by Tim Brown and Jocelyn Wyatt. Looking at these we can understand more about the Design System, how concept of design has been used before in System thinking, but how the new design system thinking is more than that. Design thinking “generally refers to applying a designer’s sensibility and methods to problem-solving no matter what the problem is” (System thinking and Design thinking: Complimentary Approaches), rather than just being a problem solving or planning tool. Design thinking does have many characteristics from system thinking, being that people realized that in order to function well, design thinking needed some system thinking within it. The two thinking methods works well together and as a designer, when looking at a problem, integrating the design thinking with system thinking is helpful and gives a bigger chance of being successful. It helps looking at the whole problem, and the relationships, before looking at ways to solve. When knowing the whole problem as a base, one can use Design thinking to look at the more human parts, to deep into the problem and find a solution knowing and understanding the problem better. In understanding the problem from the “real” perspective. By using both sides one can see both parts, both perspectives and therefore look at multiple ways to solve the problem while really knowing what is needed to be solved and why.

For me, in this course, I would benefit in using this thinking to explore more than just my own experiences and actually deep deeper in what would be helpful and why. By first looking at the main problem, finding research about it and seeing all parts of it from a systematic thinking, I can later deep in to what it feels like, what helps the people and looking at the way it affects someones life. By talking to people affected and seeing their perspective. This will help me knowing more than just one part, and it will help me understand what really is needed to solve the problem and how to start looking for a problem solving.

This image shows an example of using the process. Though it is in german, we can see how it first talks about thinking and understanding the main problem, then looking at the problem to then understanding the problem. After that, its about finding solution, prototyping and then test it.

Innoshot. “Design Thinking versus Creative Problem Solving.” Pinterest. N.p., 03 Mar. 2016. Web. 05 Apr. 2017.
Mugadza, Grace. “Systems Thinking and Design Thinking: Complimentary Approaches?” Systems Thinking World Journal RSS. Systems Thinking World Journal RSS, n.d. Web. 05 Apr. 2017.
Searle, John R. “The Social Construction of Reality.” Driving Desired Futures (n.d.): n. pag. Stanford Graduate School, 2010. Web. 5 Apr. 2017.


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