A dreadfully incomplete list of Design thinking tips, tools and courses

Jo Szczepanska
3 min readAug 18, 2017

What is this? As the name suggests this is a list of tools that span design thinking and human-centred design. The tools go both ways because Design thinking draws a lot from human-centred design and vice versa.

Who if this for Well, you may have gotten a flavour of design thinking before or you might be interested, sceptical or confused. Potentially a mix of all of those. This is list of trusted resources that might help you ‘learn by doing’ in the design thinking space.

Videos worth watching

Design & Thinking http://www.designthinkingmovie.com/
TED Talk, How to build your creative confidence

Ingredients for Design thinking

The diagram below is a good way to think about — and compare — how Design Thinking may differ from other design / creative thinking approaches. Hassi & Laakso, 2011

Based on Hassi & Laakso, 2011

Online Toolkits and Research tools


Little Book of Design Research Ethics IDEO
Ethics Guidebook Academic edition (other resources as well)
Government codes and Guidelines for Australia


User Interviews: How, When, and Why to Conduct Them by Kara Pernice
Getting People to Talk: An Ethnography & Interviewing Primer IIT Institute of Design
How Louis Theroux Asks A Question

Three flavours of Research Planning

Flavour 1 by Péter Balázs Polgár
Flavour 2 by Margie Mateo Villanueva
Flavour 3 by Johny vino


Collective Action Toolkit frog
The Field Guide to Human-Centered Design IDEO
Design Thinking for Educators IDEO
Design Kit Methods IDEO
Development Impact and You Nesta
Hyper Island Toolbox Hyper Island
Disruptive Design Toolkit Unschool
Circular Design Guide IDEO
Designing for Public Services Nesta, IDEO
Convivial Toolbox Liz Sanders
d.school resources Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University
18F Methods US Government
Service Design Tools 💖 Roberta Tassi

Free courses online

Introduction to Human-Centered Design Acumen
Design Thinking Action Lab Stanford* only during semesters
Designing Futures RMIT University
Design Thinking Virtual Crash Course Stanford
Design Kit IDEO

Paid courses

Design Thinking Monash University
Insights for Innovation IDEOU
Learning Design Thinking: Lead Change in Your Organization frog and Lynda
Design Thinking for Innovation Coursera
Methods to Synthesis Udemy

Presentations and podcasts

Introduction to Human Centred Design made for Code for Australia
IDEO Design thinking workshop 2016
IDEO U Design thinking resources
Stanford Social Innovation Review Design thinking podcasts

Back to the history if you are interested: Design thinking origin story plus some of the people who made it all happen



Jo Szczepanska

Jo wants to live in a fair and healthy world, where services are co-designed with communities. She's multidisciplinary designer with a background in research.