Science Design Thinking


Design thinking is a process of developing a solution to a problem. It is a method in where a person must first acknowledge the subject by being presented to its condition, then questions of what, why, when, where are addressed, next is to acquire information about the subject through research and investigation, several prototypes should then be considered, and finally a decision is made on the best solution. Design thinking is being able to think through a problem using dissection, empathy, clarity, creativity, and understanding in the pursuit of the most appropriate solution that will fit the needs of the desired outcome.

Design can be applied to many things and science is no exception. Science is to explore the manifestations of everything in life. Therefore, science design is a way to diagram, narrate, clarify, and communicate any given scientific phenomenon or substance. It is the scientific design that gives us the ability to study insects, anatomy, solar systems, chemical interactions, and all of the known natural activities in “out of real time”. Science design helps us predict for the future by what we explore today.  Research, strategy, and development are all vital t any design, but especially in science design. The designer must be actuate with all information they are conveying to insure the substantial content of the project.

The function of science design is to replicate real science so that it is manageable enough for us to study and manipulate without disrupting the natural process of things. So, unlike some designs science design is a functioning tool as well as an educational device, and lets not forget the beauty in the artwork. Science design thinking is a cluster of steps that one must follow in order to develop and weed out the very best solution. While searching the web (Bing, science design thinking) I found a number of diagrams showing various interpretations of science design thinking. I found this one at “” to be interesting. They illustrate the process of designing similar to the periodic table of elements, it doesn’t just show you the different steps to take in design, but it shows, just like elements, that there are layers to every step in the process. Anthony Brown


2 thoughts on “Science Design Thinking

  1. Your right. Science is the exploration of every thing in life and designing for science would require a great deal of “Design Thinking” in order to achieve and convey the correct message without compromising the content. I think there is a fine line when it comes to designing for science. It will take a lot of research and planning, not to mention creativity, in order to relate and relay a message to the target audience.

  2. The image you linked was really interesting. I like the idea of “using science as a guide to inform the way we understand design” and that “that there are ways of thinking about design that transcend the boundaries that we often unconsciously bind around it”. A new way of thinking about design opens up room for new ideas and putting this concept in a universal language modeled on that of science allows for widespread understanding and communication.

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