Made by others

A curated collection of design tools made by others which we love, so we’re sharing them here anyway (i.e. free advertisement). Disclaimer: not sold here, we’re not affiliated to these products in any way, all photos and copy belong to owners – we’re just being fans!

Design Kit Travel Pack

Bite-sized tools to spark creativity and collaboration by IDEO.org.

The Design Kit Travel Pack is a deck of 32 cards containing bite-sized design exercises you (or your team) can use to unleash your inner creative genius. Gathered from years of experience designing solutions to some of the world’s toughest challenges, the exercises in the Travel Pack are divided into three sections designed to help you get inspired, take creative risks, and test your ideas in the real world, no matter what you’re working on.

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IDEO Method Cards

IDEO Method Cards are a tool to showcase methods we use to inspire great design and keep people at the center of our design process. Each of the 51 cards describes one method and includes a brief story about how and when to use it.

It’s not a “how to” guide—it’s a design tool meant to explore new approaches and help you develop your own. Use the deck to gain a new perspective, inspire a team, turn a corner, or try a new approach.

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MethodKit

The MethodKits are analogue tools designed to help you develop ideas, get overview and work together in meetings & workshops. Some of the kits are frameworks while some are libraries, more about that below. Common uses for the cards are planning, brainstorming, development and evaluation of projects.

Their users describe the kits as universal, easy to use, versatile, dynamic, creative with straight-forward language.

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DIY Toolkit

The Development Impact & You (DIY) Toolkit contains practical tools to trigger and support social innovation. The toolkit has been especially designed for development practitioners to invent, adopt or adapt ideas that can deliver better results.

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Nesta tools & resources

Nesta is a global innovation foundation, which backs new ideas to tackle the big challenges of our time. They are experts in methods for innovation and they apply these methods in priority fields where there are big challenges and our capacities are suited to the action that’s needed: health; education; government innovation; the creative economy, arts and culture; and innovation policy. Find practical tools and resources to help you and your team spark new ideas and support innovation whatever you’re working on.

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Design Thinking Toolkit For Educators

This toolkit contains the process and methods of design along with the Designer’s Workbook, adapted specifically for the context of K-12 education. It offers new ways to be intentional and collaborative when designing, and empowers educators to create impactful solutions.

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Design Sprint Kit with Google

This is a resource for planning and running a Google design sprint. A design sprint is a five-phase framework that helps answer critical business questions through rapid prototyping and user testing. Sprints let your team reach clearly defined goals and deliverables and gain key learnings, quickly. The process helps spark innovation, encourage user-centered thinking, align your team under a shared vision, and get you to product launch faster.

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Psst...should we create a new aggregation site for this list?

We’ve been thinking…should we create a separate aggregation site for all the different design tools for public good made by others?

One that pulls all the many free and paid tools out there into one place, and allows you to filter out based on your preference or needs. It’s hard to zoom in on the right one when you have to go through every single site to find it. Yes, we know. We had to do that too.

So the question is…was this list useful for you? Do you want us to do more? Tell us here if we should create this idea we have for a separate aggregation site:

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