IMPROV + DESIGN THINKING = MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN… We all improvise every day whether or not we realize it. Well-honed improv attitudes and behaviors make those moments more interesting, more fun, and ultimately more productive. But how do we give form to what we improvise, or make sure the products of our creativity are linked to different people’s needs and world views?
Design thinkers are really good at observing how people interact with their world, finding patterns in what they see and hear, generating ideas that fill unmet needs, and testing those ideas quickly and cheaply.
Design thinking tools support improvisation by offering methods for capturing feedback, generating and documenting new ideas, and sharing those ideas with other people. Many of our applied improv programs leverage design thinking methods, especially when we’re working with teams to capture information from ideation or research.
How it works
How design thinking fits into our process
Design thinking exercises may be used in our discovery phase to figure out the best way forward for you and your team.
During our applied improvisation session planning, we may add a design thinking exercise here and there in order to bring our improv tenants to life or to leave you with tangible material to remember the session.
During and after our session design thinking can play a role in uncovering insight that hadn't surfaced before. After our workshop, it's not unusual to decompress and use a few design thinking exercises to generate the path forward.