Synthesize Information

Post five in my series of visually representing design mindsets.

As design thinkers, and citizens in the 21st century, you face more information than any one human can process.

Thus, a core ability of designers is to cut through the noise to find the important learnings.

For example, in the world of education, there are countless buzzwords around what students should be doing to succeed.

Project based learning, inquiry based learning, 21st century skills, problem solving, literacy, technical competencies etc… You hear all of these terms and phrases.

Rather than get overwhelmed, the designer listens to all and extracts the key threads. Where do these theories agree and disagree? What can I pull from each to make something even better?

Just like a plant takes in sunlight, water and carbon dioxide to produce energy, you must pull information from multiple sources to create new insight.