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design thinking

At the beginning of the 20th century design was principally about communication (graphic design) and artifacts (industrial design). As the century drew to a close, more and more designers were working on the design of interactions, often, but not always, involving computers and other systems.

Recently design skills have been applied to solving problems at the level of organisations and society. In response to the need for a new term to describe these broader applications of design some have used...