One of the hallmarks of design thinking is creativity — using new ideas and ways of thinking to break outside of the proverbial box. Sometimes, that takes a village. Fortunately, even if you’re a one-person shop or a small company, you have a virtual village to rely on for new ideas and fresh thinking — social media.
If you are in need of a creative spark to generate new ideas or to gain a fresh perspective, look no further than Twitter, where discussion threads about design thinking can be found under several hashtags: #designthinking #design #innovation #customerexperience #UX #CX #DT
You can also follow design thinking leaders directly. Here are a few suggestions for people to follow who are guaranteed to spark your imagination.
Twitter handle: @jnd1er
This is the man who coined the term “user experience,” and wrote the book “Design of Everyday Things.”
Latest post: The future of design in 50 seconds, addressing major societal issues.
Twitter handle: @tceb62
Brown is the CEO of the consulting firm IDEO, and a pioneer in design thinking.
Last post: Ideas. Where they come from, why do they come, and how do we ensure they won’t stop? Intrigued? So are we.
Twitter handle: @lauraklein
Latest post: “Pro tip: there is no design problem that snacking can’t help you solve.” So true.
Twitter handle: @TravisBogard
Bogard is the SVP at Samsung NEXT and a product developer.
Latest post: Calling out a new feature in Google Docs that solves one of his massive pain points.
Twitter handle: @kellyolson
Olson heads up industry strategy and marketing at Adobe.
Latest post: Describing ServiceNow partnership with Adobe to power the end-to-end customer experience.
Twitter handle: @wasbuxton
He’s principle researcher at Microsoft Research, and was named one of the 10 most influential innovators in Hollywood.
Latest post: Re-posted a 1990 opinion piece, sparking thought about how far, and not so far, we’ve come since then.
Twitter handle: @ireneau
She’s the Design Partner at Khosla Ventures, and the former head of design at Google, Yahoo and Udacity.
Latest post: Publicizing Faire Wholesale, a night of conversation on how thoughtful design builds communities that bring us closer together.
Design thinking is all over social media. Get out there and you’ll be inspired by the ideas and creativity of others, and you might share some of your own inspirations in the process.
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