Trends to watch out for Design Thinking in 2022 - Copper Mobile
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As we enter a new year of possibilities, there are newer themes and trends for the design thinking concept. The human-centered design landscape has seen immense evolution. This article will outline the emerging trends and future of design thinking.

What’s coming up for design thinking in 2022?

We know how the ideology of creative problem-solving guides design thinking. Whether you are a regular practitioner of problem-solving or are just getting comfortable with the concept, the following will (and must) play a role in your journey to be more creative at problem-solving.

1. Systems Thinking

Today’s world is vastly connected and interdependent than ever before—the flow of information is fast and almost instantaneous. Since everything is so tightly coupled and quick, even a small change in one part can significantly (mostly negatively) impact the whole system.

As the name suggests, systems thinking is a discipline of identifying the needs and interests of each stakeholder in the ecosystem of a product or service and then designing for the most influential one.

Systems thinking, therefore, requires consideration of the primary stakeholders and their interaction and influence on other stakeholders. Unlike design thinking, which is human-centered design, systems thinking is more of a stakeholder-centered design.

However, systems thinking is not only about stakeholder-centered design. Instead, it’s about understanding as many elements as possible within the product, service, and business system. 

2. Resilience Thinking

We seek to achieve perfection with design thinking; the question, however, is, perfect for what? So, while discussing resilience in a solution—its ability to withstand inevitably changing circumstances—we need to think beyond the spatial boundaries of the problem at hand. 

The design thinking mindset asks, “are we solving the right problem?” On the other hand, resilience thinking asks, “how relevant will the final solution be if the problem space evolves?” 

To add resilience to your design thinking methodology, take time to understand the broader problem space you’re working on.

3. Humanity-centered Design

Human-centered design and aggressive prototyping are the two pillars on which the concept of design thinking rests. The former is the major reason today’s design-focused products and services are successful. 

But, as we move to future full of uncertainties on climate change, international tensions, political instability, and other inequalities, we need to start thinking of bigger problems. 

This is where we enter the humanity-centered design, which focuses on environmentally friendly, sustainable solutions. It embraces the mindset that what isn’t good for an individual will also be harmful to a community.

While working with a humanity-centered mindset, ask yourself if the solution you’re proposing provides a stellar experience while also leading to a sustainable future.

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4. Inclusive Thinking

Research findings continue to emphasize the importance of diversity in the process of innovation as a whole. On a brighter note, it’s becoming increasingly common for designers to ask and also answer questions like, “are we involving the right kind of people in this problem?” or “who should voice this problem or are we neglecting any community, and how can we fix it?”

Moreover, it simply makes sense if innovation is rooted in creativity, then having a broader perspective on a wider range of backgrounds, sources, and thought styles is desirable. 

Being inclusive can be categorized into being inclusive for collaborators and being inclusive for users. The former would mean including different teams in the project to leverage fresh perspectives and backgrounds. The latter, on the other hand, would mean a broad set of users to minimize the possibility of neglecting any community.

But how do you practice inclusive design? Simple, keep aside all your bias, even unconscious bias, and think of innovative solutions.

5. Mastering the POV

Shifting your attention away from problem-solving and instead of placing more focus on problem-identification and problem-framing is a core part of what makes design thinking a powerful and sought-after process. 

Design thinking is a significant concept for businesses in pursuit of constant innovation and creativity. In the coming year, we should look forward to exciting product innovation, immersive experiences related to AR/VR, telemedicine, as design thinking gains more traction on its added benefits. 

Bottom line: How can we improve people’s lives with products and services that deliver a stellar user experience without being intrusive. 

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