Human-Centered Mindset

“Embracing human-centered design means believing that all problems, even the seemingly intractable ones like poverty, gender equality, and clean water, are solvable. Moreover, it means believing that the people who face those problems every day are the ones who hold the key to their answer. Human-centered design offers problem solvers of any stripe a chance to design with communities, to deeply understand the people they’re looking to serve, to dream up scores of ideas, and to create innovative new solutions rooted in people’s actual needs.”

 Field Guide for Human Centered Design

What an exciting time to be a Human Centered Designer. Whether it is rebuilding our healthcare system, creating safe educational opportunities for women around the world or providing clean water for children in remote areas, we can really make a difference.

Unlike other problem solvers, Human Centered Designers spend a lot of time not “knowing”. We are comfortable in the chaos of exploration. We gain inspiration from failing early and often. It’s our mindset (and our passion) that sets us apart:

  • Empathy
  • Optimism
  • Iteration
  • Creative Confidence
  • Making
  • Embracing Ambiguity
  • and Learning from Failure