Design thinking- The problem solving mindset

December 11, 2019

The burden of the creative is how to earn from their creativity. People earn by creating value and capturing said value.

What do you think about this tea pot? I’ll ask again at the end of this article.

Creativity these days has evolved from the ability to sing and dance to having photography, interior design skills to now front end design and UI/UX design.

In all of this, I’d say we should all be designers. As an employer or employee in whatever field, design. A designer is one that solves problems. This is design-thinking at the core. It is looking within the existing frame of reference of what exists, and finding that possibilities are endless.

When a door opens by push and pull, it can afford to have one handle.

I was unfortunate to have my carpenter make me a net door. His work was as neat as was expected of him so my hope’s weren’t dashed (sometimes, just lower your expectations). What I really had a problem with was the fact that he measured my door frame a couple of days prior to installing it then came in with the made door and proceeded to add the handles seen below while in my house.

Reader, I have a question.
Is it just me or how do I get into my house now? Just to reiterate, he screwed the handle on to the door after the had put the door in place. So he knew the direction the door opened. I now have to push the side with a handle and pull on plank.

Education plays a role in this, yes. However, we have graduates that freelance as graphics designers but when you ask them to design you a creative for a typical billboard (about 10 ft by 20ft, depending on where you are), they give you a ceeative with dimensions for Instagram (a square) and a level of detailing that needs up close inspection. It takes about 7 seconds to drive passed a billboard. You need a bang and simplicity, not pesky details.

What is the difference between the carpenter and the graphics designer in terms of use case?

Use case must be considered. Have empathy for the user and draw up the users stories. By this, I mean understand the conditions under which a customer will be needing and using your service or product and map out the routes to making their lives easier.

Check out this tea pot. Isn’t it cool? What do you think about it now beyond design aesthetics? Leave a comment below.

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