Design Minds exists to engage with the community and enable access to design thinking resources in education. It is a digital space for sharing resources, articles and toolkits by partnering with real world designers, businesses and the broader community. Design Thinking is a process that builds the capabilities of creative 21st century citizens.
Our Design Thinking methodology can be used within existing education and learning benchmarks and consists of the following phases:
INQUIRE: EXERCISES RELATED TO RESEARCH, IDENTIFYING / DEFINING A PROBLEM, DEVELOPING BACKGROUND UNDERSTANDING, AND SETTING OBJECTIVES.
IDEATE: EXERCISES RELATED TO BRAINSTORMING, GENERATING IDEAS AND SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEM, EXPERIMENTATION AND PLAY.
IMPLEMENT: EXERCISES RELATED TO TESTING DEVELOPED IDEAS, PROTOTYPING AND COMMUNICATING AN END RESULT.
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Design Minds has been recognised by Good Design Australia for its efforts to create a new culture of learning in Queensland using Design Thinking. The Good Design Awards Jury commented on Design Minds:
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