I was lucky enough to be introduced to human-centered design and design thinking at a young age by a teacher who passionate about the field. She taught me that HCD and DT are toolkits and muscles that need to be exercised and stretched. I try and frame all my thinking from that perspective, whether I'm working on a design project or on my own. Below is an example of my general process. I'm still learning, and this example doesn't hit every step of the human-centered design process. But, in my opinion, as the name itself explains, if you're focusing on users, you're on the right track!