Our Design Thinking resources

Here you can find an overview of resources about Design Thinking. From publications of our Hasso Plattner Design Thinking Research Program, to studies, articles, openHPI MOOCs and podcast episodes.


Neuland – Der HPI Wissenspodcast, Folge 34: From Design Thinking Project to Successful Company

In our Design Thinking supplementary study program, interdisciplinary teams learn how to initiate transformation and innovation processes and how to design them in a human-centered way. The innovation approach helps to quickly find creative solutions to complex problems and encourages students each year to start their own start-up. But what exactly happens during a Design Thinking course? What do participants do after graduation? And how can they develop a successful business idea from what they have learned in university projects?Listen here (in German).


Neuland – Der HPI Wissenspodcast, Episode 32: Design Thinking: Creative teamwork in the virtual space

The Corona crisis managed one thing in just a few days - to move work into virtual space to the greatest possible extent. But beyond the usual formats, what possibilities are there for making work in virtual space more creative? How does a good virtual team work? And what are the advantages of working in virtual space? In the new podcast episode Neuland, Prof. Ulrich Weinberg and Dr. Claudia Nicolai from the HPI School of Design Thinking talk to moderator Leon Stebe about the changes in everyday working life, productivity in virtual spaces, dwindling hierarchical levels and what the new norm in everyday working life might look like in the future. Listen here (in German).

GDTA Virtual Collaboration Toolset

The Global Design Thinking Alliance (GDTA) has published a Virtual Collaboration Toolset with recommendations from leading academic Design Thinking institutions on five continents. All 16 institutions in 15 countries have been affected by the #coronavirus crisis and have aggregated the digital tools that are currently useful to them in their daily work and in the development of virtualized Design Thinking programs. Learn more on the GDTA website.

GDTA Virtual Collaboration Toolset

Neuland – Der HPI Wissenspodcast, Episode 24: How to increase the innovation capacity of companies with Design Thinking

In the course of digitalization companies constantly need to challenge their current structures and correct their route. What makes an innovative company really successful? And how can it stay that way? Professor Falk Uebernickel, Head of the research Group „Design Thinking and Innovation Research“ since October 1st is discussing these questions with the host Leon Stebe in the new episode of "Neuland". Listen here (in German).

This is Design Thinking!

On the website "This is Design Thinking" researchers from various - mostly academic - institutions publish case studies on the application of design thinking in organisations as well as interviews with design thinking practitioners.

Design Thinking Case studies

Neuland – Der HPI Wissenspodcast, Episode 14: Design Thinking 4.0

In the new episode of "Neuland", Prof. Ulrich Weinberg conceptualizes digitization as a fundamental process, that will be completed one day. Together with moderator Leon Stebe he discusses the resilience of old structures, uncovers misunderstandings in the communication about digitization and advocates for inclusive transformation processes. Listen here (in German).

Neuland – Der HPI Wissenspodcast, Episode 10: Leadership in the digital age

In the tenth episode of the HPI podcast "Neuland", Annie Kerguenne, Program Manager at the HPI Academy, and moderator Leon Stebe discuss the requirements for leaders in the digital age. Together, they discuss how leaders can put themselves in the position of their employees by applying the innovation method Design Thinking and how the long-term implementation of new strategies can be successful. Listen here (in German).

Neuland – Der HPI Wissenspodcast, Episode 5: Design Thinking

Innovative thinking, creative team work and the fast development of human-centered solutions for problems are only a few examples of the advantages of the innovation approach Design Thinking. But how does Design Thinking work in practice? These and other questions are discussed by Dr. Claudia Nicolai and Dr. Holger Rhinow in the latest episode the HPI Podcast “Neuland” (in German).

MOOC: Beyond Brockhaus Thinking: With Design Thinking to a Networked Culture

The course is an introduction to the core principles of Design Thinking, explains its cultural impact and inspires to actively use Design Thinking at the organizational level. The course is valuable for decision makers, who want to get an idea about the strategic underpinnings of Design Thinking. They will learn the terminology and get a better understanding, why and how to use Design Thinking to make the transformation towards a networked organization. Enroll for free on openHPI.

MOOC: Human-Centered Design: Building and Testing Prototypes

This course introduces you to helpful skills for making an idea tangible and testing it with potential users. We take a task-based approach to build these skills. You will identify the critical function of an idea, build a simple prototype, plan a testing scenario and collect feedback. This MOOC builds on the 2018 “From Synthesis to Creative Ideas” course, but you can also take it as a stand-alone MOOC. The assignments are designed for individual work. Enroll for free on openHPI.

MOOC: Human-Centered Design: From Synthesis to Creative Ideas

This course introduces you to helpful skills for advancing from user research to idea generation. We take a task-based approach to build your skills: You will interpret research findings, frame user-centered problem statements, and facilitate creative brainstorming sessions. This MOOC builds on the 2017 “Inspirations for Design” course, but you may also run through it as a stand-alone MOOC. You can take part in this course individually. Enroll for free on openHPI.

MOOC: Inspirations for Design: A Course on Human-Centered Research

This course will introduce you to crucial methods in design research, which will help you to discover inspirations for innovative solutions. We take a task-based approach to build your competencies and skills: You will learn to spot workarounds, observe potential users in their context and explore the basic skills of conducting insightful interviews. Enroll for free on openHPI.

d.confestival 2017 – Online Documentation

From 14–16 September 2017, more than 900 innovation experts and creative thinkers from more than 40 countries gathered at the “d.confestival,” which took place at Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam. Over the course of three days everything revolved around the innovation approach of Design Thinking. In 26 panels and presentations, 32 workshops, and more than 20 activities participants engaged in discussions about the future of work, mobility, and learning and developed new concepts for the application of Design Thinking in business, education, or science. View the Online Documentation.

Design Thinking Live – Christoph Meinel, Ulrich Weinberg, Timm Krohn (Hrsg.)

In Design Thinking Live friends and partners of HPI Academy und HPI School of Design Thinking share their experiences with the innovation approach. Contributors from research and industry worldwide as well as D-School alumni report on how Design Thinking is applied in practice and why real innovation is easier and more successful with Design Thinking.

Network Thinking: Beyond Brockhaus Thinking – Ulrich Weinberg

You are looking for a metaphor describing the paradigm shift from analog to digital world? Take a look at your bookshelf! The author uses the centuries-old encyclopedia, the famous German „Brockhaus“, as a thinking model of the analog 20th century and, on the other hand, uses the network as the thinking model for the digital 21st century. Learn how board members of global corporations are reshaping their organization, teachers are rebuilding their education and how Network Thinking can also be personally useful to you. Order Network Thinking.

Study "Parts without a Whole? The Current State of Design Thinking in Organizations"

In the business sector, Design Thinking has developed from a creative technique into a driver of corporate change. This is one of the main results of the first large-scale scientific study on the effect of Design Thinking in daily work. Researchers of the HPI-Stanford Design Thinking Research Program found that companies and organizations are using this innovation concept in an even more extensive and diverse way than was previously thought. Download Parts Without A Whole.

Design Thinking Research: Understanding Innovation – Hasso Plattner, Christoph Meinel, Larry Leifer (Hrsg.)

The research results from the different HPDTRP projects are annually published in the Springer volume “Understanding Innovation”. The interested public gains insights into the latest scientific findings about factors of success, tools and methods of Design Thinking.

d.confestival 2012 – the book

The first event of its kind for Design Thinking worldwide, the “d.confestival“ 2012 was the destination for multidisciplinary thinkers to collaboratively impact the future of Design Thinking in the fields of management, learning and research. On a 3-day journey, 677 participants, 143 speakers and 59 volunteers from 31 nations and 355 companies developed innovative ideas, concepts and user-centered creative processes as the raw material for the competitive advantage of tomorrow; together with Design Thinkers, innovators and creative pioneers like Hasso Plattner, David Kelley and Oliviero Toscani among others. Read on issuu.