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Learn how IDEO approaches brainstorming in this short 2-minute session facilitated by IDEO Play Lab founder Brendan Boyle

Design Thinking Defined

Design thinking is 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.

Change by Design

Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO, shows how the techniques and strategies of design belong at every level of business

Journey to Mastery

Truly mastering design thinking takes time, practice, and mentorship.

Creative Confidence

A book by IDEO founder David Kelley and partner Tom Kelley on developing the creative potential within us all

New Applications

Applications of design thinking in the modern world.


A mix of resources and tools to familiarize yourself with design thinking.

Design for America

A national network committed to design, design thinking, innovation, entrepreneurship, and more


Design thinking has deep roots in a global conversation that has been unfolding for decades.

Design Thinking

From June 2009's Harvard Business Review, Tim Brown takes a deep dive into the process of design thinking, its history, and how the human-centered process comes to life inside the walls of IDEO

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about design thinking.

Design thinking: a new strategy for shaping global health

At the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival, CEO Jocelyn Wyatt describes how design thinking offers a package of tools to promote human-centered, financially viable solutions, opening the door to creative solutions that address systemic problems

Design Thinking for Educators

A free toolkit and workbook to help you design meaningful solutions in the classroom, in your school, and in your community

Design thinking for social innovation

Tim Brown and CEO Jocelyn Wyatt highlight the way design thinking can serve clients and companies in the nonprofit sector

Design Thinking for the Greater Good

Through ten stories of struggles and successes in fields such as health care, education, agriculture, transportation, social services, and security, the authors of this paper show how design thinking and collaborative creativity can shake up even the most entrenched bureaucracies—and provide a practical roadmap for readers to implement these tools

Design Thinking for Libraries

A toolkit that introduces an approach to improving libraries through creative problem-solving

Educating and Measuring Choice: A Test of the Transfer of Design Thinking in Problem Solving and Learning

Encouraging evidence on teaching design thinking strategies in the classroom via the Journal of the Learning Sciences


A family of experiential design thinking workshops by award-winning learning company, ExperiencePoint, that inspire and equip teams with the tools they need to innovate and creatively problem solve.

Extremes and Mainstreams: Design Toolkit by

In’s Design Toolkit—a resource created to help increase the capacity to design for the global poor—you'll find a set of methods and approaches for learning from extremes

Going Deeper, Seeing Further

IDEO's Jane Fulton Suri and IDEO U Dean Suzanne Gibbs Howard explore how corporate ethnography can surface meaningful opportunities for design

How Children’s Health System of Texas Is Improving Care with Design Thinking

The potential for improving the quality of healthcare has never been greater—and design thinking can help


IDEO CoLab connects organizations to shape technology’s impact on the world


An online school where people can develop the skills of design thinking and mindsets of creative leadership


A social impact platform powered by design thinking

Prototypes as (Design) Tools for Behavioral and Organizational Change

An exploration of the relationship between prototyping and behavioral change in the workplace in the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science

Taking design thinking to school

A book on how the technology of design can transform teachers, learnings, and classrooms

The Future of Prototyping Is Now Live

There are two main ways that organizations prototype new products and services: rapid prototyping and piloting. A third might be emerging.

The Art of Innovation

Tom Kelley, partner at IDEO, takes readers behind the scenes of the design firm's creative processes

The Starter Kit

Looking for a way to introduce design thinking to students in the classroom or colleagues at work? The Stanford's online Starter Kit is free and available over Zoom.

The Designer’s Toolkit for Tackling Tough Problems

A selection of exercises from's Design Kit Travel Pack, a tool to help social impact organizations and busy professionals unlock their own creative genius

The Development of Design Sensibilities

Effective design thinking entails more than applying design methods. To produce the best outcomes, organizations need to develop — and trust — peoples’ design sensibilities.

The Opposable Mind

Roger Martin dives into the success stories of over 50 business leaders to uncover the problem-solving power of “integrative thinking.”

The Teachers Guild

A professional community that activates teachers' creativity to solve the biggest challenges in education today using design thinking

Thinking & Acting Like a Designer: How design thinking supports innovation in K-12 education

How does design thinking fit into the modern education system? This academic report shows how the design thinking mindset can expand our notions of schools and school systems beyond entrenched models

Tim Brown’s TED Talk

IDEO CEO Tim Brown's 2009 TED Talk urges designers to think big, shifting their practice from the act of creating an object to the act of fusing design, business, and social studies to solve big, real-world problems

What is Design Thinking and Why Is It So Popular?

Design thinking is not an exclusive property of designers—all great innovators in literature, art, music, science, engineering, and business have practiced it

When Everyone Is Doing Design Thinking, Is It Still a Competitive Advantage?

In Harvard Business Review, IDEO CEO Tim Brown talks about the value of businesses and other organizations becoming masters in design thinking

Why Design Thinking Works

Design thinking can help teams develop creation solutions to deep problems in part by mitigating the human biases that thwart innovation

From the blog (201)

Change By Design, Revised and Updated

March 5, 2019

How to Lead a Design-Driven Organization

November 21, 2017

What are the Top 5 Behaviors of Design-Driven Organizations and Why Do They Matter?

November 16, 2017

Why is Design a CEO Matter?

November 2, 2017

Design Thinking and the Law

July 18, 2017

Design and the Circular Economy

January 21, 2017

Unlock your Organization’s Creative Potential

May 16, 2016

A Challenge to Leaders: A Day of Empathy

March 1, 2016

The Next Big Thing in Design

February 9, 2016

How to Inspire Creativity and Lifelong Learning for Everyone

June 9, 2015

The Art of Not Quitting

April 1, 2015

What We Can Learn from Barn Raisers

January 16, 2015

How Can We Fundamentally Change Higher Ed?

December 31, 2014

Big Idea 2015: The Unexpected Path to Creative Breakthroughs

December 17, 2014

The Career Choice Nobody Tells You About

November 27, 2014

Let's Fix It: How to Design a Winning Resume

October 16, 2014

3 Things I've Learned from Interns

September 16, 2014

Dick Bolles on How to Land Your First Job

August 19, 2014

5 New Design Careers for the 21st Century

July 22, 2014

Become a More Creative Listener in 30 Minutes

July 7, 2014

This Summer, Trade a Cubicle for a Tree House

June 23, 2014

Some ideas about creativity from LEGO and Vermeer

May 26, 2014

5 Tips to Getting Hired by Design

May 14, 2014

Why You Should Plan for Serendipity

April 30, 2014

How Design Can Save a Reputation

April 15, 2014

What’s Next in the World of Making

April 3, 2014

How to Become a Social Innovator in 7 Weeks

March 28, 2014

3 Must-Watch TED Talks

March 14, 2014

If You Build It...

March 7, 2014

Why Daydreamers Will Save the World

February 24, 2014

The One Thing You Need to Generate Great Ideas

January 30, 2014

The 7 Values That Drive IDEO

January 21, 2014

The Power of Asking the Right Questions

January 7, 2014

Top 5 Design Makeovers for 2014

January 6, 2014

How Might We Improve the Health & Wealth of Cities?

December 16, 2013

Why Better Listeners are Better Innovators

December 9, 2013

Stuck in a Job You Hate?

December 2, 2013

4 Bio-Inspired Tips to Create Better Teams

November 19, 2013

The Secret to Innovation: Think Like a Kid

November 13, 2013

My First Job: Valuable Lessons from Unpromising Opportunities

November 5, 2013

Why You Should Talk Less and Do More

October 30, 2013

You Don't Have to be a Geek to Create a Successful Start-up

October 10, 2013

The Secret to Redesigning Healthcare: Think Big and Small

October 2, 2013

How I Hire: 5 Tips for Landing a Job at IDEO

September 30, 2013

What’s Stopping You from Being Creative?

September 19, 2013

How to Make a Business Meeting Sing

September 11, 2013

Why Kitchens are Better Than Conference Rooms

September 3, 2013

The Next Big Thing in Design Is…

August 20, 2013

How to Sail Through Creative Uncertainty

August 14, 2013

Why Simple Communication is Complex

July 30, 2013

3 Ways to Make Freelance Work Better

July 22, 2013

Never Be Bored on a Business Trip Again

July 12, 2013

The Secret to Your Success? Make Others Successful

July 3, 2013

Want to Be a Creative Leader? Look to the Garden

June 26, 2013

A Design Nomad on Asia: An Interview with IDEO Design Director Roshi Givechi

June 19, 2013

Flex Your Brain: Join the Healthy Aging Challenge at OpenIDEO

June 13, 2013

The Secret of Great Work: Play

June 4, 2013

Class of 2013: Start Designing Your Life

May 21, 2013

When Big Data Gets Local

May 8, 2013

A Design Thinking Conversation with Yves Behar

May 1, 2013

Designing a Freelance Life Part 1: The Brief

April 24, 2013

The Power of the Powers of Ten

April 18, 2013

Inspiration for Innovators: OpenIDEO and Grameen

April 4, 2013

Evolving Your Identity

March 27, 2013

Filling Africa Up

March 22, 2013

Do Utility Apps Really Make Our Lives Simpler?

March 21, 2013

A Lesson in Empathy

March 13, 2013

Knight News Challenge: Open Government

March 8, 2013

TED Prize Winner: The School In the Cloud

February 28, 2013

Best Advice: The Ten Day Rule

February 26, 2013

5 TED Talks You May Not Have Seen, Yet

February 23, 2013

One Designer’s Love Letter

February 14, 2013

The Year of the Snake

February 12, 2013

Creativity's Role in Education

February 7, 2013

Reflections on Davos 2013

February 5, 2013

Where I Work: Creative Serendipity

January 29, 2013

Adaptive Innovation: Launch, Learn, Repeat

January 23, 2013

Why a Glimpse Behind the Curtain Can Enhance the Magic

January 17, 2013

The New Design Thinking Toolkit for Educators

January 15, 2013

In Service Cultures, "What You Manage Is What You Get"

January 11, 2013

60 Minutes and the Future of Design Thinking

January 8, 2013

Make It Visual

December 27, 2012

5 Ways to Begin Designing Your Life in 2013

December 20, 2012

Nurture Your Design Courage, One Challenge At a Time

December 18, 2012

Back to Basics: Behavior Change Networks

December 13, 2012

Big Idea 2013: Designing the Necessities of Life

December 11, 2012

To Boost Creative Thinking, Ask This Question

December 6, 2012

Will Work For

December 4, 2012

Inspiration Break: Creative Confidence

November 29, 2012

One Design Thinking Tip You Can Use Right Now

November 27, 2012

Start Designing Your Life

November 21, 2012

5 Inspiring Social Design Pioneers

November 19, 2012

10 TED Talks About Being Creative

November 15, 2012

A Design Lens on Education

November 13, 2012

The HBR/McKinsey M-Prize for Management Innovation

November 8, 2012

The UK Government Shows How to Design for Simplicity

November 6, 2012

How Might We Design for Behavior Change?

November 1, 2012

Does the Media Have a Negative Effect on Innovation?

October 30, 2012

15 Minutes With: Heath Ceramics’ Cathy Bailey on Business Design

October 26, 2012

The Secret Phrase That Sparks Creative Solutions

October 23, 2012

Old and New Models for Tackling the Skills Gap

October 18, 2012

Design for Complexity: The Hidden Power of Networks

October 16, 2012

Bill Moggridge — A Design Icon

October 10, 2012

Must-See Public Interest Design

October 9, 2012

What Great Leaders Know About Designing for Impact

October 4, 2012

Design for Emergence: From Newton's Blueprint to Darwin's DNA

October 2, 2012

"We're Spent"

July 19, 2011

A step backward

July 18, 2011

"We apologize for the interruption in service"

June 5, 2011

Design renews its relationship with science

February 26, 2011

Davos posts

January 31, 2011

Permission to Innovate

December 31, 2010

Steal this idea

December 31, 2010

Checks and balances

November 29, 2010

Design nations

October 31, 2010

The future of the book

September 21, 2010

Design story: The Decanter

August 12, 2010


August 1, 2010

Local Design

July 31, 2010


June 8, 2010

Forming versus coding

May 28, 2010

How about networks?

May 27, 2010

Can organizations be beautiful?

April 4, 2010

Half full or half empty?

March 31, 2010

Jamie Oliver's TED wish

February 16, 2010

More on simplicity at TED 2010

February 15, 2010


January 25, 2010

Redesigning California

December 30, 2009

Creature design?

December 30, 2009

Some design principles

November 29, 2009

A call to action

November 29, 2009

Simple or minimal?

October 26, 2009

Living Climate Change

September 29, 2009

Change By Design - a big day (at least for me)

September 29, 2009

Re-designing healthcare

September 23, 2009

Six Sigma and Design Thinking

September 10, 2009

Human Centered Design Toolkit update

August 28, 2009

Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation

August 26, 2009


August 17, 2009

Back to basics

August 17, 2009

Mayo Innovation Symposium

August 16, 2009

A new phase for Asia

August 16, 2009

Paul Romer on charter cities

August 16, 2009

Design Thinking at TED Global

July 31, 2009


July 15, 2009

Prevention versus productivity

July 12, 2009

How does purpose create an innovation advantage?

June 12, 2009

d.light looking for Hindi speaking design thinkers

June 5, 2009

An inspirational message from Paul Hawken

June 4, 2009

A curriculum for business design

May 28, 2009


May 19, 2009

Visualizing Smart Cars

May 12, 2009

Learning to measure participation

May 2, 2009

Why we need economic dashboards

May 2, 2009

How might we design a participatory system?

May 2, 2009

Participating in health care

May 2, 2009

Ripple Effect

May 1, 2009

Visualizing the grid

April 30, 2009

I'm blogging at Fast Company this week

April 27, 2009

Change By Design

April 20, 2009

Design Is The Problem

April 7, 2009

Does design have a role in the making of rules?

April 5, 2009

Tata Nano - good or bad?

March 22, 2009

A post consumption economy

March 12, 2009

What Matters at McKinsey

March 12, 2009

The Blue Sweater

March 12, 2009

An audio testcard turns into an experience

March 12, 2009

Beveridge 4.0

February 27, 2009

Two views of the future

February 8, 2009

The Girl Effect

February 8, 2009

New context

January 20, 2009

Getting out of the office

January 12, 2009

Fishing in a storm

January 12, 2009

Objectified trailer

January 5, 2009

The Creator Economy

December 31, 2008

A prototyping experiment

December 19, 2008

Five questions

December 19, 2008

Visualizing global warming

December 10, 2008

Human Centered Design for small holder farmers

December 5, 2008

Design Thinking photostream

November 20, 2008

Big Conversations

November 19, 2008

Design thinking in Dubai

November 15, 2008

Credit crunch part 2 - it's really a resource crunch

October 31, 2008

Analytics and inspiration

October 31, 2008

Design thinking in the credit crunch

October 25, 2008


October 12, 2008

Radical Remedies

October 12, 2008

Design thinking in the New York Times

October 6, 2008

Design for Aging

October 3, 2008

Designing data

October 3, 2008

Design Thinking at Summer Davos

September 23, 2008

Designing the dining experience

September 14, 2008

Definitions of design thinking

September 7, 2008

What does design thinking feel like?

September 7, 2008

Optimism and critique

August 24, 2008

Empathy at scale

August 24, 2008

The design of search

August 24, 2008

Rules of behavior for emergent experimentation

August 18, 2008

Is this a product or an experience?

August 12, 2008

What are the 10 big design challenges in the social sector?

August 12, 2008

Who were the original design thinkers?

August 12, 2008