Design thinking and Systems thinking go hand in hand when it comes to problem solving. Systematic thinking involves understanding the whole picture of what you are trying to resolve. This is where every approach should be considered from every angle within every contextual space. In a sense this is a mental approach and a mental solution. Design thinking on the other hand involves seeking out the problem through means of walking in the shoes of the problem itself. This involves empathy in the eyes of the problem solver that can understand the life of the one or thing in which is experiencing the problem. Systematic thinkers dig a wide hole of information that encompasses the entire body of information relevant to the topic at hand. Design thinkers take the problem and burry themselves at the very center of it. Their job is to find the best way out by being as close to the situation as possible.

Design thinking as its shared in the process given by Brown and Wyatt gives a relatively concrete guide to follow in constructing the narrative. This is a three-act play. The first act is Inspiration. I know in the context of this Senior Capstone project we are working on, to understand the kind of problem I want to solve is first and foremost. Creating a Design Brief so I can understand a generally rough outline of where the project is going and what I am doing this for is essential. This is the research. Act two would be Ideation. In the Ideation phase, those involved know and understand the topic to the point where they can start branching out from that. For this course, this is going to revolve around the stage of the process where mind mapping is involved. Act three is the Implementation (or iteration as shown below) phase. At the end of phase two, there should be a clear consensus of what the plan of action is to be able to begin prototyping. Trial and error will be very much a part of this phase for me. There are some things that look good on paper but in the physical plane, it might need reworking until the prototype becomes the finished product.

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Mugadza, Grace. “Systems Thinking and Design Thinking: Complimentary Approaches?”, Systems Thinking World Journal RSS, February 9, 2015, Accessed on April 1, 2017

Brown, Tim. Wyatt, Jocelyn. “Design Thinking for Social Innovation” Leland Stanford Jr. University, 2010, Accessed on April 1, 2017