Nowadays, companies face a reality when they are creating a new product or service: it is no longer about designing FOR the user, it is about designing WITH the user. Thus, the solution created or designed has greater acceptance and valuation, in addition to higher compensation to the business, because it has the power to solve real problems or unmet needs of our “person”.
This is one of the keys of Design Thinking because, in every creation of an idea or solution, the person is placed as the main axis of the entire innovation process, and everything else remain with less priority. That is why it is so important to learn how to empathize with our client, which means going beyond the obvious. This happens like an iceberg, if we don’t focus enough, we are left with superficial discoveries, but if we inquire in it, we find insights and a deeper understanding.
So what are the tools that are necessary to empathize with the user?
There are many options and in the Designpedia book you can find many of them. However, this time we will show you the tools with an example of a real case of study.
At Thinkers Co., we made a report to understand the different office models that have been created in this digitalized society. For example, “spaces in transit” such as coffee shops, coworking places, train stations or airports, where people only ask for a good Internet connection and a comfortable space to work.
After that, we use the Safari technique to achieve the firsts approaches and thus be able to have a further knowledge about the “spaces in transit” and the aspects that surround them. Then, we make a Field visit with the Poems tool to meet the users who are in these spaces and how they act on them. Finally, we did users Interviews to discover insights and better understanding of their needs.
All these learnings were collected in different tools, which allowed us to empathize more with the users and deepen on each one. We identify 5 different archetypes:
1. Raul, the businessman, is the Marketing Director of a company. He works in the same table as the rest of his team, but when he needs a space to have a meeting, he looks for a room or a cafeteria.
2. Laura, the hybrid, works as a Corporate / Consultant in an international company, so she travels a lot. She has different virtual work teams, so she manages projects through the network. That is why she always needs to be connected in spaces with good Internet.
3. Cristina, the full corporate, is an Account Manager 4 years ago in a company. She works in an open space at the office, from where she supervises her team, has meetings with more people and has all the tools she needs.
4. Mario, the homemade freelance, is an independent graphic designer. His workspace is the studio that he built in his house and, when he has meetings, he makes them by video call or in his own space.
5. Javier, the coworking, is autonomous and makes 3D visualizations for an architects company. He works from a coworking, where he has his permanent workspace and from where he can interact with more freelancers.
For each user, we use the Persona tool to have a complete picture of who they are, what they do and what are their needs, motivations and life goals.
Likewise, we created an Empathy Map for each user to understand their point of view and emotional and rational aspects of the “spaces in transit”. We also worked with the Point of view tool, which allowed us to synthesize the problem or need of the user and its reason and then facilitate the design of solutions.
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It is a method for generating innovative ideas that focuses its effectiveness on understanding and providing solutions to the real needs of users. It comes from the way product designers work. Hence its name, which literally translates as "Design Thinking", although we prefer to translate it as "The way designers think". It is, in short, a change of perspective from designing FOR people to designing WITH people.
It is a working method that aims to increase the chances of success when a project comes out of the paper and begins to be realized, eliminating everything useless and inadequate. The idea is to adapt the product to what the market demands and not to our own vision, which is the best way to launch something new. To do this, we must focus on the customer's needs, relying on their feedback to modify the product until the final version is developed.
It is a set of methodologies for developing projects that require speed and flexibility to adapt to changing industry or market conditions, leveraging those changes to provide a competitive advantage. The main characteristic of the principles and values underlying agile methodologies is to be able to deliver quickly and continuously. In other words, the project is "sliced" into small chunks to be completed and delivered in a few weeks. In this way, if a change is needed, it is made only in the part involved and in a short period of time.
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