Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, TestThe Build a Better Book project emphasizes a human-centered design thinking approach, in which participants first need to better understand the specific needs of their end users. The Design Thinking process includes these key steps:

  • Empathize: Learn about the end user and their specific needs, abilities and challenges.
  • Define: Pinpoint the specific problem being addressed.
  • Ideate: Generate diverse ideas to address the problem.
  • Prototype: Build a rough model to generate discussion and feedback in order to futher refine a design.
  • Test: Solicit feedback from end users.

Repeat. This is meant to be a continual, cyclical process of improvement rather than a unidirectional set of steps.


Student drawing of a unique vehicle designed for a wizard.Extraordinaires:

Build a Better Book uses this design game to explore concepts around building empathy, understanding the end user, defining needs, and creative thinking. Challenges can be worked on in teams or individualy. 




Additional Design Thinking Resources:

Video: Meet the Normals: Adventures in Universal Design
Video: Why We Need Universal Design - Michael Nesmith - TEDx Boulder
Video: What is Design Thinking? - Stanford University model