A very interesting question was raised today in a Facebook service design group in which the following question was asked:
I’m new to UX Research and I would need your help to clarify something for me.
I imagine this question is often asked but: What is the difference between Design Thinking (DT) and Human-Centered Design (HCD)?
The line between those two is very blurry but I would say that HCD places the user at the center whereas for DT, instead of placing the user at the center like in HCD, DT brings together what is desirable from a human point of view with what is technologically feasible and economically viable.
I see a lot of people using Design Thinking and HCD interchangeably, which confuses me because if these 2 terms exist it is because they do not mean the same thing even though they are related.
Or did I get all wrong? Correct me if that’s the case.