design thinking free online course

Are you ever frustrated with something that you thought you could design better? This free course, Design thinking, will show you how to structure your natural creativity to come up with solutions to all kinds of problems, and have fun in the process too!

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • have an awareness of how design thinking can be applied in a wide range of contexts, from the personal to the global
  • investigate and think creatively about design problems and opportunities
  • initiate an attitude of playfulness to aid design thinking
  • develop visual literacy and articulacy to explain design decisions
  • use computing tools and online environments to aid design thinking.

Let’s make creativity and innovation part of your standard operating procedures. With our design thinking courses, you can bring new ideas and fresh perspectives to your team, your department, or your entire company.

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In the Creativity and Design Thinking Program, we’ll show you how design thinking can (and will) unlock your creativity so that you can repeatedly come up with innovative ideas and solutions to problems (big and small) that you face in your life and your work. Through online content, hands-on assignments, ongoing coaching, and proven frameworks, you’ll learn how to practice and champion design thinking in any role you’re in.

  • Continuously produce breakthrough ideas
  • Catalyze design thinking in your company
  • Unlock the innovative capacity of your team
  • Build a lifelong practice of creative problem-solving
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 Take courses on your own time, at your own pace.

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Complete the program to earn a Certificate of Achievement

Courses and Content Included

The Creativity and Design Thinking Program will help you build a lifelong practice of creativity and innovation. Each design thinking course, combined with daily application exercises and habit-forming routines, will help you overcome creative blocks and continuously produce innovative ideas.Request More Info

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Introduction to Design Thinking

Jeremy Utley and Justin Ferrell will introduce you to design thinking, as they teach it every day here at the Stanford d.School. Get started in your design thinking journey and prepare for further, more hands-on courses.  Learn More

Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Innovation Strategy: How to Find Inspiration


Achieving Innovation through Inspiration

Inspiration isn’t something you wait for. It’s something you work for. Gain the critical tools you need to seek the inspiration that will turn unknowns into radically new products and services. Learn More



Empathize and Prototype: A Hands on Dive into the Key Tools of Design Thinking

Master techniques for gaining empathy with customers and immediately put them to use in a series of hands-on exercises that guide you from synthesis to prototyping and testing. Learn More

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Innovation at Work

Bring design thinking to your company through three, hands-on workshops. You’ll learn how to facilitate innovative brainstorming and prototyping sessions with your colleagues, from ideation to experimentation and presentation. Program enrollment includes one-year access to these workshops, so you can continue to use them to guide your design thinking projects as needed.

Live Interaction with Faculty and Peers

Live Interaction with Faculty and Peers

Participate in monthly “Activation Hours” where you’ll join our program instructors live, as they walk you through new, supplemental creativity and design thinking content. In the discussion sessions, you will meet and collaborate with your fellow learners.

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Dr. Kathryn Segovia of the Stanford will guide you through a series of pre-recorded coaching lessons between each course that will help you build your daily creative practice and form a lifelong routine that fosters innovation.

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Interview Videos with David Kelley

Throughout the program, David Kelley invites you into his personal design studio for a series of pre-recorded chats on different aspects of creativity and design thinking, from the origins of design thinking to strengthening your creative muscles and building creative confidence.

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