Ellipsis: Critical & Design Thinking

For our first core lesson of the year, Ricardo showed us the difference between Critical and Design Thinking. The aim was to understand these terms and be able to apply both to our practice and understand the type of thinking we actually use.

Critical Thinking: verbal/ factual/ objective/ vertical/ rational

  • Knowledge
  • Understanding
  • Application
  • Analysis
  • Synthesis
  • Reflection

Design Thinking: visual/ lateral/ emotional/ subjective/ speculative

  • Discover
  • Define
  • Develop
  • Deliver

The purpose of thinking is not to be right but to be effective. Edward de Bono


The idea of the dots above was to connect all 9 dots with just four lines and think outside the box. Honestly this took me ages.. okay it took Ricardo telling us how to do it for me to get it. The exercise really made me realise that I’m more of a critical thinker than a design thinker. I think understanding the terminologies is a step to opening up thinking to both methods of thinking.

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