There’s no single definition for design thinking. It’s an idea, a strategy, a method, and a way of seeing the world .
It provides a solution-based approach to solving problems. It’s useful in tackling complex problems by understanding the human needs involved, by re-framing the problem in human-centric ways, by creating many ideas in brainstorming sessions, and by adopting a hands-on approach in prototyping and testing .
Good to know that the terms design methods and design process are often used interchangeably, but there is a difference between the two:
- Design methods are all the techniques, rules, or ways of doing things that are employed by a design discipline.
- Design process is the way in which the methods come together through a series of actions, events, or steps.
The Design Thinking process builds on earlier models that have been proposed for the design process. It consists of a number of stages, typically between three and seven, and can be linear or circular, that is, it may return to the starting point and begin a new iteration. It may also include various feedback loops between stages, and may even have several stages taking place in parallel .
Design thinking is also central to recent conceptions of software development in general .
For example, API design refers to the process of developing APIs that expose data and application functionality for use by developers and users . More specifically API design is the process of constructing the blueprint for the API . So, as we can see an API’s design is a solid blueprint and API development is a continuous process .
There is not a single approach to design APIs “the right way” .
And that why we should combine API Design and Design Thinking here.
Let’s add one more thing — API First approach!
API First is a design strategy for a company’s entire product line, where APIs are the basis of every product instead of being a separate side product . When developing cloud-native applications, “API First” is a core principle .
So we can see a lot of buzzwords around the design. To simplify the communication I prefer to use the term “API architecture” instead of “API design” .
In this case “API architecture” refers to the process of developing a software interface that exposes backend data and application functionality for use in new applications .
And as a result, API Architecture is the collection of planning and architectural decisions .
In conclusion I want to highlight how beneficial can be the using of Design Thinking approach while building the architectural process and implementing API First strategy in you product company.