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#56 - Ideate - Design Thinking XII

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Juan Jesús Millo

Generate ideas with a thinking design

Now it's time to generate ideas, as many as you can, and more.

Ideation is the mode during the design process where you focus on generating ideas.

The goal of ideation is to explore a broad solution space: both a large number of ideas and a diversity among those ideas. This stack of ideas will later be used to build prototypes and test them with users.

How to ideate

The goal of ideation is the transition from problem identification to solution exploration. Some tips for this idea generation are:

  • Bypass the obvious solutions to increase the pile of innovative ideas. The first ideas are always the most obvious.
  • Investigate unexplored areas, different solutions.
  • Create fluidity (volume) and flexibility (variety) in this range of ideas.
  • Get the obvious solutions out of your head and take your team beyond them.

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Designers are just as vulnerable to the blindspots and fallacies that come with cognitive bias as the people who use the products and services we design. Bias can creep into the design process when we aren’t diligent enough to identify and mitigate it upfront. Jon Yablonski

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When I first started working at Qualtrics two years ago, we were a team of 16 UX designers, and no one was really talking about software accessibility or inclusive design. Today, our team has grown to more than 40 talented designers who talk about and design with accessibility in mind every day. Elise Livingston



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