Sensemaking - 'making meaning out of data' Brian Llagas

Sensemaking as a Design Enabler

Humans, in general, are natural problem solvers. Everyday mundane things such as getting out of bed, making coffee, ordering food, or getting from point A to point B are obstacles that we have already figured out and have been consigned to muscle memory. When a new obstacle comes along or when the constancy is disrupted, our problem-solving brain tries to make sense of it. That momentary spark when something clicks and we work it out is called sensemaking.

Sensemaking is an integral part of our cognitive function that enables us to understand our connections to our experiences of people, places, and events so that we can respond accordingly. It is so intrinsic to our thought process and happens fleetingly that we often overlook and undervalue its importance.