Every year, we put together an overview of the current iteration of the design process we’re teaching, along with some of our most-used tools. The guide was originally intended for recent graduates of our Bootcamp: Adventures in Design Thinking class. But we’ve heard from folks who’ve never been to the d.school that have used it to create their own introductory experience to design thinking. The Bootcamp Bootleg is more of a cook book than a text book, and more of a constant work-in-progress than a polished and permanent piece.
You can download the entire Bootcamp Bootleg here.
If you’re new to design thinking, you might want to try the “Get Started” methods on the right, which have proved to be most useful for folks as they’re running through their first few design cycles. This resource is free for you to use and share—and we hope you do.
We also have two 90-minute fast-paced projects called the Wallet Exercise and the Gift-Giving Exercise that each take you through a full design cycle. Students pair up to interview each other, create a point-of-view, ideate, and make a new solution that is “useful and meaningful” to their partner. Those are available for download here, or as a video-led Crash Course here.
We’ve also created a handful of “mixtapes” that provide step-by-step instructions on how to use some of our methods in sequence over the course of a half-day working session — these are a great resource if you’re trying to figure out how to fit several design thinking methods together under an overarching objective like getting to new ideas, getting to insights, or getting to a prototype.
You’re welcome to share these resources with others… spread the word! We only ask that you respect the Creative Commons license (attribution, non-commercial use). These methods are a curated collection of work created at the d.school and beyond, and we’re grateful to everyone who contributed. We’d also love to hear feedback about how you’re using them. Let us know what you find useful, and what methods you have created yourself—write to: firstname.lastname@example.org