Documenting and Reporting in Design Thinking


After completing this lesson, you will be able to Focus on the importance of documentation and report creation during and after a Design Thinking workshop.

Documenting and Reporting in Design Thinking

Here, you will learn about the importance of documentation, how to create comprehensive workshop reports, and the value of reflecting on both successes and failures.

Purpose of Documentation & Reporting

Documentation and reporting are crucial in Design Thinking for capturing the process, ideas, project evolution, decisions made, user feedback and lessons learned. It serves as a record for reflection and future reference.

Tools for Documentation

Several tools can help capture the narrative and outcomes of a Design Thinking workshop:

  • Sketching: Quick sketches and diagrams can quickly capture ideas and concepts.
  • Note-taking: Written records of observations, ideas, feedback and decisions made.
  • Digital tools: Tools like Google Docs or Mural can be used for real-time collaboration and easy accessibility.
  • Photos & Videos: Visual documentation of prototypes, brainstorms, user interactions, and workshop scenes can be very insightful.


After the workshop, a comprehensive report should be prepared, outlining the objective of the workshop, the process followed, ideas and prototypes developed, user feedback, and the next steps.

A good report should include the following components:

  • Introduction: Objective and scope of the workshop, participant details.
  • Workshop details: Methodology used, activities conducted, key decisions made.
  • Outcomes: Ideas generated, feedback obtained, recommendations for future action.
  • Reflections: Challenges faced, improvements suggested, lessons learned.

The Importance of Reflecting on Both Successes and Failures

Documenting both the successes and failures from the workshop offers a holistic learning experience and helps to improve future outcomes. Successes provide confidence, and failures offer wisdom.


Homework: Think back to a project or workshop you attended, and draft a brief report outlining each stage of the Design Thinking process.

In the next lesson, we'll delve into the Ideation phase. We'll learn about the importance of generating a multitude of ideas and how this contributes to the innovative solution-building approach of Design Thinking.

Additional References - Documenting and Reporting in Design Thinking

Design Thinking Process Guide

Source: Design Thinking Resources – IDEO U

Overview: Understand the importance of documentation, create comprehensive workshop reports, and reflect on both successes and failures in the design thinking process.

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