Design Thinking Resources

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:

  1. Stanford D.School Bootcamp Bootleg - This handy-dandy document lays the groundwork for understanding design thinking and best practices for its basic application. Keep it handy.
  2. IDEO Design Kit - 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. 
  3. Center Centre - a.k.a. The Unicorn Insitute - - 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?
  4. Product Design Resource - - 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: 
  5. A Crash Course in UX Design - 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 -
  6. Google's 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. 
  7. UX Design Process by UX Mastery - - 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.
  8. User Experience Design Fundamentals (Course on Udemy) - - 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. 
  9. Last updated 3:43PM EST, 8/20/2015.  More to come. Like I said, this will be updated over time.