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Jess McMullin’s Friend on Abductive Thinking

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[A friend] pointed out that analytical solutions are deductive – working towards a solution based on inputs from different sources (user research, business plan, etc.) while design thinking relies more on abductive thinking – thinking about the possibilities of what could be. This leads to multiple models, a wide range of prototypes that lend themselves to iteration, instead of narrowing in on one solution. It also means that there’s discontinuous jumps – from a solution, back to a situation before iteration occurs. It’s not a smooth incremental improvement – but that’s why it works better.

1 I also like what he writes about ‘Design As Framing’ (‘there’s more power in defining the problem than solving it [...] the greatest advance beyond form and function that design thinking can bring to design practice’).

The above was posted to my personal weblog on October 14, 2005. My name is Peter Lindberg and I am a thirtysomething software developer and dad living in Stockholm, Sweden. Here, you’ll find posts in English and Swedish about whatever happens to interest me for the moment.

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