1st Edition

Different Perspectives in Design Thinking

Edited By

Yvonne Eriksson

  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after March 3, 2022
ISBN 9780367254230
March 3, 2022 Forthcoming by CRC Press
260 Pages 7 Color & 42 B/W Illustrations

USD $180.00

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

Globalization and digitalization are keywords of contemporary society. It affects, our private and professional lives. Society has become more diverse with easier access to information and to virtual platforms that gives us opportunity to be in touch with colleges, friends, family, etc. at any time. A far complex environment is emerging wherein internet of things and big data are integrated with products, production systems, health care, daily activity and play an important part in various kind of decision making. This has an impact on future designs and the role of designers. Responsible designers with a holistic perspective are needed.

The book highlights several aspects of design thinking such as Information Design, Critical Design, the meaning of Culture, Gender and disabilities are discussed. The functions of Information Design are changing, from ‘showing the way’, instruction manuals and graphic design. It will affect, among others, healthcare technology, smart products and Industry 4.0. Design thinking perspective that includes users from the entire chain, from the producer to the end user of the product or service, is needed. This will also require gender and culture issues to be taken into consideration in designing products and services. Design thinking methods and critical aspects of design will contribute to an inclusive society.

Table of Contents


Yvonne Eriksson

Design Thinking between Myth and Methodology

Petra Badke-Schaub

Critical Design and Design Thinking vs. critical design and design thinking

Gabriela Goldschmidt

Adding Rigor to Advance Design Thinking

Andrew Dillon and Marian Sweeney Situated Design Thinking

Åsa Wikberg Nilsson

The Challenge of Designing Meaningful Information

Yvonne Eriksson and Anna-Lena Carlsson

Gendered Design Thinking—So-called Logic of People and Things

Åsa Wikberg Nilsson and Yvonne Eriksson

On Design Dialogues—Their Roots, Features, and Usage

Ulrika Florin

Design Thinking and Designerly Ways of Knowing in Operational Research Practice

Christina J Phillips

Design Thinking and Welfare Technology: A Focus on Information Design

Riika Saurio, Lea Hennala, Satu Pekkarinen and Helinä Melkas

Raising Users’ Confidence in their own Technology Literacy as part of the Design Process

Marie Sjölinder

Lessons Learned: A Plea for Curricularizing Design Thinking in Engineering Education

Anne Wallisch and Kristin Paetzold


View More



Yvonne Eriksson is the Chair Professor in Information Design and Vice Dean of the School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, at Mälardalen University and leader of the university´s Living lab. She is member of Design Society advisory board and co-chair of the SIG Human Behavior in Design.

The focus of her research is visual communication and visual management, and its relation to the perceptual and cognitive processes that are involved in interpretation of visuals and build milieus. A specific area she engages in gender issues in relation to visual studies. She has written several books about gender, art, and visual communication. Yvonne Eriksson has been running projects concerning the role of a picture in different contexts such as textbooks for education, storybooks for children and education of children with visual impairment. During the last years she has initiated and been involved in research project that takes place in an industrial context, with focus on visual communication for a global market.