Mapping the un-mappable in design thinking

I’ve been having a really interesting conversation with a student recently about the shape and function of design thinking practices inside and outside the studio space. How does each camp (business folk, organizational studies researchers, designers) understand who has ownership over what? In trying to suss this out, I went back to some mapping.

Mapping Design Thinking in Design Studies

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I’m working through shaping this as a discourse, and examining what this effect this discourse might be having on the way that designers work in the latest draft of the dissertation  – looking forward to sharing it in the next few months as it moves into the real world! In the meantime, this map has become a bit of a touchstone to keep me oriented in this confusing and wooly space of thinking about how designers think about design thinking.