The toolkit includes several tools that invite users to experiment, collect insights, and (re)formulate ideas. These tools are inspired by- or based on methods, tools and exercises found during research.
The method cards are based on IDEO’s IDEO Method Cards. As the name suggests, these cards can be used to collect, document and create (existing and new) methods and approaches. These cards are used in the first and third chapters of the workbook.
The constraint cards are the opposite of method cards. Instead of gathering inspiring approaches, they collect approaches to avoid. These cards are inspired by, but not based on the well-know Design Constraints Method, for example used by IDEO and Strategyzer. These cards are used in the second and third chapters of the workbook.
This set of four small noteblocks allows you to collect ideas and experiment with different formulations of your ideas. The set includes:
The A/B/C Tool, which aims to compare the characteristics of three selected practices, based on Dunne and Raby’s A/B Manifesto.
The I am… I see… I want… Tool, which offers guidelines for writing a brief positioning text, based on an exercise from Bode and Schotman’s book Creative Business Map.
The Evaluation Ticket, which helps you calculate a grade for the examined practices in order to conclude their effectiveness, based on a figure from Fuad-Luke’s book Design Activism.
The Note to Self, which allows you to collect ideas and reflections.
The toolkit contains six blank A3 mindmaps that can be used to document the process, brainstorm, collect ideas or reflections and sketch the blueprints of new practices. The content of these maps is up to you.
These worksheets are based on conversations with critical specialists and aim to provide inspiring input. Each worksheet has its own unique goal, such as deepening knowledge, stimulating critical thinking and exploring possibilities. Click here for more information.
Little Book of Designer Friends
This booklet allows you to gather insight into different ways of designing while at the same time helping you connect to like-minded designers. Click here for more information.
The notebook can be used to collect ideas and reflections and to elaborate self-formulated exercises. The content of the notebook is up to you.