Design Thinking


Graphic of the design thinking process of empathy, definition, ideation, prototype, test

What is Design Thinking at SoHE?

At SoHE we understand that when the design process is applied as a problem-solving strategy, the success rate for innovation dramatically improves. Design thinking is at the core of successful strategy development and organizational change.

Appreciating good design is easy. It is the process behind it that often goes unnoticed, and yet it is this process that molds and shapes the design’s impact. At SoHE we are working towards making the design process more visible because we know that design thinking contributes to everything from product development to services to responding to societal challenges.

A photo of Tayler Nowack
“I’ve learned that Human-Centered Design can apply to a vast range of contexts and that it can empower us to create opportunities. It has shown me that having an entrepreneurial mindset is more than business ownership, creativity is more than an artistic ability, and innovation is more than a great idea.”
Tayler N., SoHE graduate student and University Innovation Fellow


Design Thinking Courses at SoHE

We believe that design thinking is a creative act that is both reflective and intentional. Our courses are set up to allow students the creative freedom to rethink how they solve problems and develop resources to replace, augment, and enhance their problem-solving skills.

Case Studies

Micro-Campus Case Study

Office of the Registrar’s Space Case Study

SoHE and the College of Engineering Enter New Partnership to Infuse Design Thinking into Capstone Course in Mechanical Engineering

SoHE Students Create Livable Cardboard Home


“Design thinking can be described as a discipline that uses the designer’s sensibility and methods to match people’s needs with what is technologically feasible and what a viable business strategy can convert into customer value and market opportunity.”
– Tim Brown CEO, IDEO

Design Thinking for Interiors Prof Joy Dohr

“Design Thinking for Interiors”, UW-Madison School of Human Ecology Prof Emerita Joy Dohr and Dr. Margaret Portillio

Bootcamp Bootleg

Bootcamp Bootleg by Stanford University

Cover of Change by Design by Tim Brown

Change by Design by Tim Brown

Cover of Cad Monkeys, Dinosaur Babies and T-Shaped People by Warren Berger

CAD Monkeys, Dinosaur Babies and T-Shaped People by Warren Berger

Cover of Communicating the New by Kim Erwin

Communicating the New by Kim Erwin









Cover of Creative Confidence by Tom and David Kelley

Creative Confidence by Tom & David Kelley

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The Field Guide to Human-Centered Design by

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Design Thinking for Educators by



Orgs to Follow
Great TED Talks
Photo of Tim Brown lecturing

Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO

Ernesto Sirolli lecturing.

Ernesto Sirolli, founder of the Sirolli Institute

Photo of David Kelley lecturing

David Kelley, founder of IDEO

Photo of Jane Fulton Suri lecturing

Jane Fulton Suri, Executive Design Director at IDEO

Photo of Ira Glass lecturing

Ira Glass, host and Executive Producer of This American Life

Photo of Bill Burnett lecturing

Bill Burnett, Asst. Prof. and Executive Director of the Design Program at Stanford

Photo of Sir Ken Robinson lecturing

Sir Ken Robinson, creative expert

Photo of Dale Dougherty lecturing

Dale Dougherty, founder of MAKE magazine & creator of Maker Faire