Design Challenge – Framing Technique

This short assignment involves framing the design challenge, which is part of the design thinking process to define the problem/challenge and find actionable solutions. The assignment will apply IDEO’s approach to framing a design challenge. Through this framing approach, you will be able to turn your problem into opportunities and possible solution by applying the human-centric approach of design thinking framework. In the design challenge assignment, you must include the following:

  1. Describe your problem. What is the problem you are trying to solve?
  2. Describe the context of your problem
  3. Frame your design challenge. This can be a statement or question(s). With this section, you should ask yourself the following question: does the statement or question(s) focus on the final impact you are seeking? Will the statement or question(s) allows for several possible solutions? Does my statement or question(s) consider the context and constraints faced?
  4. What impact or outcome do you expect?
  5. Come up with possible solutions (remember to be creative, so no holding back – think big)?

The report should be between 1,000 – 1,500 words; double-spaced; and APA document.

For a sample design framing, please review page 8 of How to frame your design challenge (

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The following rubric indicates those areas you should be focusing on in preparing your assignment, and how the instructor will weigh these components relative to one another.

Activity/Competencies DemonstratedGradeGrammar, formatting, and proper sentence structure/10Quality and relevance of visual material/15Layout and labeling/10Thoroughness and framing of the problem/20 Analysis of the implications of the problem /45Total/100