On my return to school on Monday I received an email sharing a link to a great resource - that I am now sharing in turn. The Field Guide to Human-Centered Design is a full-color, 192-page book from IDEO. It's licensed under a creative commons licence, and you can download a PDF of the book by taking a short survey. Human-centred design is all about believing that all problems are solvable and that the people who face these problems every day are the ones who hold the key to the solutions that the world needs, such as gender inequality, poverty and the lack of clean water. This process goes through 3 phases: inspiration where you build empathy, ideation where you generate ideas and design new solutions and implementation where you maximize the impact of the solutions in the world. The book contains 57 methods and a variety of exercises and activities that work through getting a design challenge onto the market.
To download your own copy of the Field Guide Design Kit click here.