AJ Justo & Alvaro Ruiz – Design thinking: the double diamond in practice
This workshop roughly follows the Double Diamond process from the Design Council in order to give practical and quick techniques for teams to make sense of available insight at the discovery stages of projects, or to give direction while under development.
The format will be:
Introduction to Design Thinking for practical use and the Double Diamond process.
Introduction to the problem we will tackle during the workshop. Handouts with research data will be given.
Problem space: discovering problems and making sense of them. We will write down on post-its as many problems as we can find or think of, mainly individually, but conversation among us is possible.
Problem space: converging into the best problem to tackle. We will divide in groups of 3 or 4 to work together on affinity maps of the problems we came up with, and to make a selection of one to tackle in the next phase.
Solution space: generating potential solutions. Working individually again, we will try to generate as many solutions as possible. We can either write them down, draw diagrams, sketches, etc.
Solution space: converging into a good solution: Back into our groups, we will explore the generated solutions in terms of Feasibility, Viability and Desirability in order to select the best one.
Solution space: prototyping. Still working in groups, the selected solution will be expanded with a journey map, a prototype, a story board or other means in order to have a better idea of how it will solve the problem.
Solution space: quick presentation. One participant from each group will to present the solution to the rest of us in 2 minutes.
AJ has more than 15 years experience researching, designing and developing technology products and services. He’s passionate about the power of ideation and surfacing knowledge that comes with Design Thinking and UCD methods and tools. He loves facilitating and participating in workshops. He founded and co-organises the Design Thinking Oxford monthly events to help disseminate the benefits of it.
Alvaro is a UX/UI designer working for a software development company. His main areas of expertise are within the field of communication and technology, where he contributes to the user experience of the companies’ products or services with his skills on design and management as part of a great team. Alvaro co-organises the monthly Design Thinking events in Oxford where they practice techniques that can be used in real life projects.