Design Thinking Process Compared to the The Engineering Process

Processes: Engineering process?  Design Thinking Process? Aesthetic Design Process? Scientific Method?....

Types of reasoning - Inductive? Deductive? Abductive? Dialectical Reasoning? Defeasible Reasoning? Casual Reasoning? Analogical Reasoning....

What does, the design thinking process look like?

"In the past, design has most often occurred fairly far downstream in the development process and has focused on making new products aesthetically attractive or enhancing brand perception through smart, evocative advertising. Today, as innovation’s terrain expands to encompass human-centered processes and services as well as products, companies are asking designers to create ideas rather than to simply dress them up." Tim Brown -  Harvard Business Review


What does, the engineering process look like?

Note: The STEM academies in Lewisville have adopted and will use the LISD engineering process.  For strategies and support for this method, please contact Jonas Green if you are part of the two designated STEM Academies. Other campuses may contact their Science Curriculum Specialist for support on the integration of the engineering process.

In maker spaces, Library Media Services has utilized the Design Thinking process for the for the last 3 years. We work with the librarian as they support teachers who are interested innovative challenges in the maker space environment. 

 How do the processes compare?

As you can see they have many things in common. 

Let's look at the types of Logic:

  • Engineering Process - Deductive Reasoning -  Looking at facts (data) deducing other facts you know are true. / deductive is aimed at testing theory
  • Design Thinking Process - Inductive and Abductive Reasoning -  Inductive reasoning is looking for a pattern or trend, then generalizing the information/ Thus,  estimating is Inductive reasoning / Inductive is concerned with the generation of new theory emerging from the data.

Videos to explain the types of reasoning:

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