Course Description

1-Month Online Design Thinking Fundamentals Course June 2020


This edition is currently sold out, but you are more than welcome on the next edition of the Online Design Thinking Fundamentals.

This interactive online course will equip you with the Design Thinking mindset, tools and skills to kick-start bold innovation. You will be working virtually on a human-centered challenge under live guidance of our skilled facilitators. With a combination of live classroom sessions, group assignments and homework you will gain practical knowledge and experience to apply Design Thinking in your daily work.


Focus on how to implement Design Thinking in your daily work; 
Live and personal guidance from our expert facilitators;
Learn to empathize with your customers to improve your proposition and strategy;
Develop your creative problem solving skills and mindset for innovation;
Increase your confidence for remote & multi-disciplinary collaboration;
Learn how to still be able to boost co-creation and innovation while working remotely.

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We strongly believe in learning-by-doing. The major part of this online course will consist of hands-on work on a general case using the different Design Thinking tools. You will work in co-creation in a small team to learn from each other and to bring in the knowledge and skills of every participant to the table. The tools we will be using throughout the meet-ups are fundamental in Design Thinking and will teach you how to use empathy in designing new services for your end-user.

Aside from guiding you through the Design Thinking process, our expert facilitators will share their experience and tricks on how to implement Design Thinking in projects and organizations. That way you can start applying Design Thinking straight away.

Program 1-Month Online Design Thinking Fundamentals Course (Certificate)

The course consists out of Modules, focusing on the 4 stages of Design Thinking: Discover, Define, Design, Deliver. Each week consists of interactive online classrooms sessions, followed by group work. 

We find it very important that you feel comfortable, secure and motivated to work together for the upcoming weeks in this online learning journey. Therefore we have incorporated a short on boarding moment at the start of the first session.

Module 1: Discover
We will kick off with an introduction to the Design Thinking principles, tools and best practices. Then we will dive into the challenge using tools such as Design Research, Stakeholder Map, Mind Map and Affinity Map. We will wrap up the Discovery Phase by creating strong Personas.

Module 2: Define
This phase is dedicated to finding interesting opportunity areas: understanding frustrations to find problems that are worth solving. Using the Customer Journey Map we can identify impactful moments within the decision-making process. With that knowledge we can proceed to reframe the challenge into a Problem Statement.

Module 3: Design
Now that we have a good understanding of the problem area, it’s time to develop new solutions. Ideation! We will work with several ‘divergent thinking’ tools and cluster these ideas in an Idea Priority Map. The following step will be to prototype these ideas using Service Scenarios and Artefacts.

Module 4: Deliver
The final week we will focus on testing the prototypes and improving the concept. This iterative process will be concluded by making a strong pitch. We conclude our classroom sessions with time to reflect and develop your personal implementation plan

After completing the 1-Month program and assignments you can celebrate your achievement of becoming a true Design Thinker. All tools and materials will be available after the course for personal use. A certificate from DesignThinkers Academy is awarded to participants who successfully complete the course.


Teams from different industries who want to lead innovation;
Individuals e.g. HR, IT, Marketing looking for new tools to structure innovation and collaboration;
Professionals who want to stretch their creative problem solving skills;
Managers who want to discover what Design Thinking can offer their team.


You will be guided through the Online Course by our highly experienced Facilitators. They have years of experience in working with Design Thinking and know the tips & tricks to guide you on this online learning journey how to implement it within your working environment.

Tim Schuurman is Co-owner and Senior Facilitator at DesignThinkers Academy Amsterdam. He has extensive experience in designing and implementing product/service concepts and has an MBA & MSc in Business and Financial Management.

Jeroen van der Weideis a Partner and a creative minded Senior Facilitator at DesignThinkers Academy Amsterdam. He has an MA in Dutch Theatre, Film & Communications. Facilitating teams, designing creative processes as well as brainstorming and positioning sessions are his strengths.

Same fun & interactive classroom experience, now live & online

DesignThinkers Academy Amsterdam

Our main objective is to provide you with hands-on tools that you can use immediately the next day in your working environment.

Besides the training program you will be handed out a toolkit, certificate and access to the DT Academy Network virtual environment.

The end result is aimed at a transformation of the participants, knowledge of tools and methods, a deep understanding of the value of design, and professional & personal growth.

About this Event

Length: 1 month, 4-6 contact hours per week & homework

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (CEST)
June 8th & 11th 2020
June 15th & 18th 2020
June 22nd & 24th 2020
June 29th & July 2nd 2020

Online platforms: Miro & Zoom
Language: English
Max. participants: 10


Early Bird Ticket Price € 1.095,00
until May 1st

Regular Ticket Price € 1.195,00

Prices are excluding VAT.
Your ticket includes access and use of the online environments (Miro & Zoom) for the duration of the course. All tools and materials are also available after the course for personal use. A certificate from DesignThinkers Academy is awarded to participants who successfully complete the course. Discounts are available for teams signing up, Freelancers, Non-Profits and Government Organizations.

We charge 21% VAT to Dutch based companies, NGO’s and self-employed. We also charge 21% VAT to international companies, NGO’s and self-employed based in the European Union without a registered VAT number. If you are based outside the European Union we will not charge you with VAT. If you have any other questions regarding this online course or its ticketing, we kindly as that you contact us through e-mail.