Most people don't normally consider their every day thought processes when they're brainstorming new ideas, but it's something that scholars, researchers and creative minds alike should take advantage of to push their ideas further. As a design student at UC Davis, this thought process is described as "design thinking" where the basic steps consist of: brainstorming ideas, prototyping, testing and repeating this process until you've come up with a result you're satisfied with. It may seem so simple when it's brought to one's attention, but it's something I never actively thought about. It sparked my interest in fixing things or working until I found the best or most efficient solution to a problem, instead of coming up with a quick fix.
When I think back to fall 2012 when I decided to take Design 1, and introductory class for the design major at UC Davis (where we did very little designing), Dr. James Housefield introduced me to this notion of design thinking. His steps from this lecture are more specific where it's important for you to define your problem, think of different solutions to the problem, test these different solutions and build your solutions based on feedback from these tests. One thing that I think is important for people to also consider is the importance of collaborating and bouncing ideas off of different people when tackling problems. Yes, it's always nice when you can tackle and solve a problem on your own, but sometimes working with others helps you to come to these solutions more quickly.