Design Thinking is going to rule the 21st Century. From UX/UI to business ops to classrooms, design thinking will be the reason we persist and thrive for years to come.
There are a plethora of resources on the topic, and I think this is a post that I'm going to update regularly to keep the best of design thinking in front of us. Let start with some basics:
- Stanford D.School Bootcamp Bootleg - http://dschool.stanford.edu/use-our-methods/the-bootcamp-bootleg/ - This handy-dandy document lays the groundwork for understanding design thinking and best practices for its basic application. Keep it handy.
- IDEO Design Kit - Methods - http://www.designkit.org/methods - IDEO is probably the best known agency for their pioneering in and application of design thinking. Their design kit is pretty tremendous for a multitude of reasons.
- Center Centre - a.k.a. The Unicorn Insitute - http://unicorninstitute.com/ - Arranged by the beloved UXer Jared Spool, this Institute, a certificate bearing immersive UX program in Tennessee (where Tenneseein' is Tennebelievin'), is a great foray not only into UX but into design thinking as well. Let's be honest, if you can't think like your user, how can you design for your user?
- Product Design Resource - http://drocarmo.com/resources/ - Curated by Pedro Carmo, a now SF based designer. It has everything from design principles to UX guides. It's a gold mine, treasure trove, and open-source list on GitHub: https://github.com/drocarmo/resources.
- A Crash Course in UX Design - https://medium.com/user-experience-design-1/a-crash-course-in-ux-design-research-ea00c3307c82- Matt Lavoie, or @MattPLavoie on Twitter, is a professed problem solver for real people and UX Designer. His epic post that reviews a large swath of introductory UX materials definitely solved some of my problems. Check him on on Twitter - https://twitter.com/mattplavoie
- Google's Guide to Designing with Empathy - http://www.fastcodesign.com/3047545/googles-guide-to-designing-with-empathy - While more of an overview of why accessibility is critical and how we shut out 1 BILLION people every time we design a site that isn't accessible, it's a great insight into how we can continue to be better UXers and IxD-ers.
- UX Design Process by UX Mastery -
http://uxmastery.com/resources/process/ - Ok, so a site like UX Mastery could be your always go to, it might be too granular, and this blogpost is about top-level view. That's why I like this post from UX Mastery. It gives a concise idea of what the UX process could be like for those new to processes. I really appreciate the explanations below the chart, and I like that they clarify it's not the whole picture. In the end, the emphasis is on the user, and that's what is most important.
- User Experience Design Fundamentals (Course on Udemy) -
https://www.udemy.com/u/joenatoli/ - This has been a great course that I've taken. You can buy it for $10, and it takes a deep dive into Jesse James Garret's book "Elements of User Experience" and its five planes of UX design along with UX best practices. He talks a lot at times and goes off on tangents, but its worth it.
- Last updated 3:43PM EST, 8/20/2015. More to come. Like I said, this will be updated over time.