Design Thinking Training Workshops

Get started with design thinking! Learn the basics in our design thinking training workshop, and start on your own innovation project step-by-step. Create and validate an innovation for and with your clients, customers or users. Use some of the most effective tools and techniques to design your concepts.


About Design Thinking Training

Interested in learning more about our design thinking training workshop and how we might customize it for your organization? Email us. Or, do you want to go deeper and learn how to design and facilitate your own design thinking workshops? We can help you with that too! Learn more about our design thinking facilitator training innovation certificate program.

Our approach is to provide a very interactive and practical workshop to get you started with design thinking and learning through doing. We will share with you some of the best tools to use when getting started with our method. We can also provide you with a book and online programs from Innovation Learning to help you sustain the learning and development. We will also keep you connected to some of the most important design thinking toolkits, books, and techniques.

We want to help you not only learn to use design thinking methods and techniques, but to also develop the mindset or attitude of a design thinker who is focused on innovating WITH your customers and users to succeed sooner.


Who is design thinking training for?

Innovation and design thinking is for anyone willing to change their mindset, not only about challenges and problem solving, but also about creating something new. We can conduct a design thinking workshop for anyone in the organization to learn how to use design methods in order to innovate how they work and what they create.

Companies, schools, and organizations benefit immensely from our in-person workshops, but we also offer online programs and books for the individual innovator. We design our design thinking workshop for you and the participants. We specialize in highly collaborative designs which get people connecting and creating in small groups and one-on-one.


What are the benefits of innovation and design thinking training workshops?

Different impacts are seen through different organizations. Innovative companies learn new techniques for working together, idea generating and processing, and a new way of thinking about the process of innovation. Organizations who might not have thought of their company as being in the innovative spectrum are shown that innovation has a place in every company. Their mindsets are shifted towards being more interactive and collaborative. They are given specific design thinking tools and scenarios to show how to use innovation in their company.


Why do people need innovation and design thinking training?

Innovation is positive change. Innovation is moving forward and responding to the massive amounts of change we are encountering. In order to thrive as a company and/or individual, positive change and forward movement is key. Design thinking helps us to be more successful with our change by designing for and with the people we create our products, services, and programs…our customers and users!


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Design Thinking Workshop with InnovationTraining.org

In our workshops, we will help you familiarize yourself with various design thinking processes, and simplify them into the common elements that you can get started with and use again and again. We will help you to select a project you would like to work on to generate and develop ideas using insight from the people you are designing for. We will give you hands-on time to use some of the most popular and effective tools and techniques for design thinking.

Below is an overview of some of the things our design thinking workshops will teach you.

What does Innovation Learning offer in our workshops?

We offer innovation training services in the form of online programs, books, and workshops. We work to make each workshop relatable to the specific organization and participants through research, simplification, conversation, real examples, and hands-on projects. Here is an example of a “visual journal workbook” that you can use to help create your design thinking innovation project.

Design Thinking Process

We customize our design thinking workshop to fit with a variety of general design thinking processes.
There are many different stages and steps that are similar across various systems. Our underlying purpose is to help you design a more successful innovation for and with your users or customers. We can better do that using a process.


The cover of Innovation Step-by-Step: How to Create & Develop Ideas for your Challenge shows a very basic three stage system that we will use.

These stages include:
1. Clarify the innovative design challenge with focused questions for your users/customers

2. Generate many ideas for your innovative design with your users/customers

3. Validate, Communicate, & Launch your innovation with your users/customers

These three stages are detailed into seven steps that you can find above in the visual journal workbook.

There are many other design thinking processes that people and organizations find helpful. We show you tools, techniques, and activities that fit with many different processes.

IDEO’s design thinking process

Human Centered Design

1. HEAR
2. CREATE
3. DELIVER

Our goal in the design thinking workshop is to help make design thinking simple and understandable for you. We get you started with the basics and a project that can fit with any similar process. We want to help you help your participants to collaborate and develop connections. See this video for a glimpse of active design thinking activities we can customize and facilitate.


Example Workshops

Listed below are some design thinking workshops we have done in the past.

I. Innovate with Design Thinking for Your Business

Learn simple approaches to apply your creativity with your customers and users as a catalyst to innovate in a more effective way for a variety of purposes (new products, services, business models, marketing, org culture, etc.). Gain tools, techniques, and real experience with design thinking – an innovation approach utilized by many growing companies to succeed. Learn the most popular and simple innovation and design thinking processes that you can use for getting and understanding insights from your customers, solving problems, and developing and communicating solutions that they want.

What You’ll Gain from this Workshop:

  • MINDSET: Access the attitude that will help you to keep learning, growing, & taking innovative action to make a difference for your organization.
  • PROCESS: Learn the Innovation Step-by-Step approach and other methods to use for challenges in your work. Put the process to use for your culture of innovation challenge.
  • ACTION: Begin your own innovation project for the purpose of learning, developing skills, and creating something new that can impact others and yourself. Start with an acorn sized action that could grow.

II. Activating Design Thinking for Real Results

Learn more about design thinking and discover why it’s a trending and powerful approach to business success. Discover your own innovative mindset and get started with practical design thinking activities. Find out how you can gain empathy and insight into your customers and what they need from your business. Near the end of the webinar, you will be able to take these insights to create what your customers really want that will continue to add value in the future.

III. Design Thinking for Innovation

In this session, you will learn what design thinking is and why it is a powerful and trending approach for business success. You’ll discover your own innovation mindset and get started with practical design thinking activities. Find out how you can gain empathy and insight into who your customers are and what they need, and apply that learning into a specific approach that gives your customers what they really want.

Objectives:

  1. Develop a mindset for design thinking and innovation
  2. Apply the design thinking processes to your own work
  3. Use these new tools and techniques for design thinking
  4. Collaborate with colleagues to create new solutions to your business challenges or needs

Overview of Activities:

  • Customer/Stakeholder Persona Development
  • Stanford D School Design Thinking Process Demo
  • Design Thinking Mindset stories and metaphors
  • Rapid interviews of colleagues
  • Idea generation to help your colleagues innovate at higher levels
  • Concept development and validation activity from user community

IV. Enact your Innovative Mindset to Grow a Culture of Innovation

Learn more about how to build your innovative mindset and grow a culture of innovation at work. Utilize critical skills and leverage them to make a difference at your organization. Learn the step-by-step innovation process and methods to overcome challenges in work and life. Put the processes to use with an innovation project activity.


Contact us if you need advanced help with a design thinking workshop, training, or having more a a culture of design thinking and innovation in your organization.