The Shortcomings of Design Thinking when Compared to Designerly Thinking

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This paper contributes by clearly identifying the shortcoming of design thinking as well as pinpointing where to begin in terms of achieving a more solid conceptualization of the concept. To identify its potential shortcomings, this study examines the theoretical structure of design thinking and compares it to the theoretical structure of designerly thinking. This comparison suggests that the current conceptualization of design thinking lacks methodological approaches, that is, guidelines concerning how best to approach a given problem and how to competently select, configure, apply and evaluate the tools and techniques needed to tackle that problem. In its present form, design thinking facilitates the general, non-situated application of tools and techniques, which is neither linked to nor anchored in a design paradigm.
TidsskriftDesign Journal
Udgave nummer6
Sider (fra-til)813-832
Antal sider20
StatusUdgivet - 2 nov. 2019


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