Design thinking is a formal method for a practical, creative resolution of problems and formation of solutions with the intent of an improved future result. In this regard, it is a form of solution-based or solution-focused thinking, starting with a goal (a better future situation) instead of a particular problem. By considering both present and future conditions and parameters of the problem, alternative solutions may be explored simultaneously.
This approach differs from the analytical scientific method, which begins with thoroughly defining all the parameters of the problem to create a solution. Design thinking identifies and investigates with known and ambiguous aspects of the current situation in order to discover hidden limitations and open alternative paths that may lead to the goal. Because design thinking is iterative, "intermediate solutions" are also potential starting points of alternative paths, including redefining of the initial problem.