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My whole life I thought I understood what it meant to be a design thinker. I thought it is was simple. That anyone could be a design thinker. I think this mindset comes from the fact that I come from a very progressive and creative bubble of Los Angeles where my peers and I were constantly being encouraged to think outside the box and to not just do but to create. And to create all the time. In my bubble, the term design thinking has been tossed around, but, I realized that even though I have heard the term what feels like a million times, there has never been a clear description of what it really is. I have come to the realization that the lack of description is due to the fact that the term is largely misunderstood. Going into this semester, I thought I was a design thinker simply because I was creative, however, I realized there is so much more to the term than creativity. Design thinking is a process. A process that has no direct path or steps required to reach success. …

avery siegel

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