I am not sure if I have just been completely inside of a bubble for a very long time, or this whole Design Thinking idea has become one of the most talked about subject within organizations recently. Better late than never, I decided to jump right into educating myself with this user centric designing methods. 3 months ago I gave myself a 2018 New Year resolution. This year is the year of learning and development within my field of studies. I signed up for https://www.interaction-design.org (IDF), and I have been taking online courses for the last 3 months. I will look into signing up for online courses outside of IDF as well. I have been reading books on Design Thinking and Methods, and learning and experiencing whatever my brain can take in.
Last year, I read my first ever book in a very long time called The Sprint Book by Jake Knapp from Google Ventures. Before I knew it, my boss was talking about going to a Design Sprint workshop. I knew about the Design Sprint workshop that was coming to Los Angeles, but I didn’t sign up because it was too expensive. It would have been nice to have been funded to go, but I didn’t think it would ever get approved. My boss and some of my colleagues came back from the workshop, and immediately conducted a Design Sprint with a group of people which of course I was not a part of.
This is why I am going to continue to educate myself. Even if I don’t get the opportunity to physically participate, I can still become an expert Design Thinker.
My IDF Profile: https://www.interaction-design.org/risa-yanai