I recently re-read Carl Liu Design Book, the first sketching book I bought when I prepared to become an industrial designer. I used to read his ideation sketches or story boards, I tried to learn his skillful and humours, cartoon style handwork. To my surprise, his words about design thinking is also insightful. I want to quote parts of his words here,
Give a new description and definition of what we design. For example, a camera can be called and understood as an image capturer or picture taker. If you compare these two descriptions you would fina an image capturer is a lot of broader than a picture taker. Suddenly you have more options and broader views for new ideas. Therefore, giving an object general and looser descriptions can help designers to redefine the object.
When you look at an object, imagine yourself getting away from it and eventually you would see a small dot or imagine yourself get close to the object and even get inside of it. This excise gives you a macro and micro view of an object. Apply the same theory when facing a problem.