Software Tools for Design Thinking

Top Software Tools for Design Thinking

Design thinking software tools to evaluate to improve your design thinking practice.

Design thinking is a human-centered approach to business, focused on customer’s problems and challenges in order to create products that satisfy their wants and needs. This process requires different techniques and tools than your overall “business as usual” and product design efforts. To help with this process, there are many software tools and application that you can utilize during the design thinking process. Here are some popular software tools for design thinking that you can evaluate yourself to see if digital tools can help you.

  1. MURAL
  2. Batterii
  3. Smaply
  4. Realtime Board
  5. Digsite

Keep reading to learn more about each of these software tools for design thinking.

1. MURAL

MURAL is a visual collaboration space for your teams to work more efficiently. The platform provides shared, digital “whiteboards” that allows you to explore challenges and organize your ideas in one place.

2. Batterii

Batterii is a multi-platform tool in which you can gain powerful insights into your customers. The software allows you to collect consumer insight research from anywhere on the web. You can keep everything together in one place, and manage your team’s efforts easily with the tool.

3. Smaply

Smaply provides several unique editors that relate to design thinking processes. The first is a persona editor tool that allows you to create custom user personas based on your customers. The software also has a journey map editor and a stakeholder map designer so that you can collaborate with your team and design strategically from the very beginning of the process.

4. Realtime Board

Realtime Board is a simple online whiteboard tool for collaboration and creation. You can brainstorm new ideas together in real time, make connections between ideas and product solutions, and more with this tool.

5. Digsite

Digsite is a platform designed for qualitative research to empower your ideas. Get to know your target customers intimately and quickly with their customized research focus-group-like methods.

BONUS – Design Sprints are a popular approach for many interested in design thinking. Some of these digital tools may be able to help with that. You can train yourself on Google Venture’s Design Sprint, designed to move a team through the creation and validation process in just five days.  View 7 ways design sprints can help support innovation at your organization as well to learn why.


By utilizing online resources and software tools, you might be able to improve your design thinking process and collaborate more efficiently with your teams. For more resources to help you in every stage of the process, check out our design thinking and innovation blog.

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