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Framework for Design Thinking—An Infographic

Digital disruption, constant flow of information, and complex business issues and structures are just a few factors forcing organizations to innovate. Some experts believe design thinking may be one way to address the problems that overwhelm the workplace. 

Developed by the innovative design company IDEO (the brains behind Apple's first mouse), design thinking is defined as "a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the designer's toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success." In other words, Design thinking is the application of a designer’s mindset to problem solving, with an emphasis on human interaction. While the issues they tackle may vary, design thinkers systematically apply the same principles to deliver innovative solutions. 


It's no surprise, then, that many L&D execs are adding design thinking to their toolbox. ATD’s LearnNow: Design Thinking workshop can show you how to shift to a human-centered instructional design approach by leveraging the tools and techniques found in the discipline of product design. The result? Your training will be the source your audience chooses to rely on, return to, and recommend.

This 5 Step Framework for Design Thinking Infographic from Homegrown Consulting Success shows how you can solve problems through design thinking.

Check out LearnNow: Design Thinking to uncover why instructional design needs to change. Participate in hands-on design thinking activities and processes that are specifically tailored for use in instructional product design, and receive tools and templates you can take with you to immediately put design thinking to practice in your organization.

About the Author

Ryann K. Ellis is an editor for the Association of Talent Development (ATD). She has been covering workplace learning and performance for ATD (formerly the American Society for Training & Development) since 1995. She currently manages ATD's Community of Practice blogs, as well as ATD's government-focused magazine, The Public Manager. Contact her at 

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