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100% Open Innovation Toolkit
This toolbox contains 30 tools divided into 7 categories. If you create an account you can download all of the tools as PDFs for free. You can also pay for extra training, branded tools, and custom kits.
They are all focused on the process of 'open innovation'. This is the discipline of gathering insights, generating ideas, bringing people together, answering challenges, and prototyping solutions. It's usually supported by external agencies working with established organisations.
It was created by 100% Open, an open innovation studio based in London, UK.100% OPEN INNOVATION TOOLKIT
This toolbox is designed to support a 2-day 'innovator program'. It contains a detailed workshop outline, tools, and cards, all available to download for free as PDFs.
The process is focused on rapid idea development and prototyping for large, complex corporations. With the Kickbox, Adobe aims to empower internal innovators by providing them with space, time, and money to do incremental, sustaining, or disruptive innovation.
It was created by Adobe for internal use and has now been open-sourced.ADOBE KICKBOX
The Atlassian Team Playbook
This toolbox contains 41 tools divided into 3 sections: Health Monitors (to assess the current state of a team), Plays (new methods of working), and Game Plans (sets of tools for specific purposes).
The content draws from design thinking, agile methods, service design, and software engineering. It's aimed at people and teams who want to "unleash their potential" with a set of methods that are "tactical, battle-tested, and bullshit-free".
It is used internally by Atlassian teams and has now been open-sourced with a Creative Commons licence.THE ATLASSIAN TEAM PLAYBOOK
Board of Innovation
This toolbox contains a blend of 30 a blend of templates, processes, posters, cards, and canvases. Available as PDFs that are free to download.
All of the tools fit into the broad field of innovation management and are designed to take you through the whole innovation process, from high-level strategy to prototyping and testing.
It was created by Board of Innovation, a global business design agency based in Belgium, whose mission is to make corporates innovate like startups.BOARD OF INNOVATION
frog Collective Action Toolkit
This toolbox is an 84-page PDF containing 25 detailed tools, templates, and tips.
The content draws heavily on frog's product and service design expertise but is generic enough to be useful for any kind of project or initiative. It is designed to support groups of people to create solutions to problems in their communities, businesses, schools, and governments.
frog developed this toolkit following a project with Girl Effect and the Nike Foundation exploring the value of community for young women living in poverty.COLLECTIVE ACTION TOOLKIT
d. School: Tools for taking action
This toolbox contains 35 elements which range from facilitation guides and workshop methods to music playlists and reading lists.
d.school is the home of design thinking education, so it's no surprise that this toolbox is focused on design thinking and how you can "unlock creative thinking" in your organisation or community. It is part of d.school's mission to spread this way of working to as many people as possible, so they provide the tools and inspiration for free, with a Creative Commons licence.
d.school is part of the University of Stanford that aims to bring students from different disciplines together to solve complex problems. One of the school's founders is David Kelley, co-founder of the legendary design firm, IDEO.D. SCHOOL TOOLS FOR TAKING ACTION
Design a Better Business Toolkit
This toolbox contains 26 tools, each with PDF templates and step-by-step process guides.
It is focused on business innovation, specifically in supporting people in organisations to "master ambiguity and create value from uncertainty." Some of the tools (like the Business Model Canvas) have been borrowed from other organisations, but many are original and free to use with a Creative Commons licence.
This is a free, online version of the book, 'Design a Better Business: New Tools, Skills, and Mindset for Strategy and Innovation', by Patrick Van Der Pijl, Justin Lokitz, and Lisa Kay Solomon. They also run workshops to teach people these tools.DESIGN A BETTER BUSINESS
DIY Toolkit (Development Impact & You)
This toolbox contains 30 tools, with downloadable PDF worksheets (in different sizes), short explainer videos, and step-by-step process guides.
It is aimed at helping people working in the development sector to "trigger and support social innovation" in the countries and communities where they operate. The tools span the whole innovation process, from defining clear goals through to sustaining an initiative. They draw on a wide range of influences from the public, private, and academic worlds.
It was made by Nesta, an innovation foundation from the UK, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, and designed by Quicksand and STBY.DIY TOOLKIT
The Design Sprint
This toolbox contains all of the information you need to run a 5-day Google Ventures-style sprint process.
It has been designed to help a small team of people answer a difficult business challenge "through design, prototyping, and testing ideas with customers." This almost-foolproof process draws on design thinking, innovation strategy, behavioural psychology, and agile methods to bypass the usual biases and inefficiencies of a group of people trying to make a decision.
It was developed by Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky, and Braden Kowitz from GV (formerly Google Ventures) after many years of helping startups to made better products.THE DESIGN SPRINT
Google Material Design
This toolbox contains all of the information, documentation, code repositories, tools, and icon sets you need to use the Google Material Design language.
Material is a system that aims to help designers make better beautiful digital experiences, faster. It brings design knowledge around layout, motion, interaction, etc, together with developer tools and tutorials.
It was developed by Google in 2014 and has been implemented on mobile and web apps ever since.MATERIAL SPRINT
IBM Design Thinking Field Guide
This toolbox contains 11 tools and 20 pages of design thinking theory and principles. The button link takes you directly to a PDF download.
It is an internal document, aimed at helping people to run IBM Design Thinking activities with teams. The theory pages at the beginning take you through key principles including 'The Loop', a wheel of 'Six universal experiences' used to frame a user experience design project, and the overlaps between IBM Design Thinking and Agile.
It was developed by Seth Johnson at IBM and is regularly updated.IBM DESIGN THINKING FIELD GUIDE
Gov design principles
This toolbox contains 10 principles for good design, with links to 27 articles that go deeper into each principle.
Its primary goal is to communicate the principles by which the Government Digital Services (UK) team approaches design. It's useful for people interested in the work that GDS do, and for other governments / public services to see examples of best practice.
It was published by the GDS team in 2012.GOV DESIGN PRINCIPLES
Gov Service Manual
This toolbox contains 130 tools divided into 8 categories (each with between 1 and sub-categories).
It is designed specifically for UK government teams to create and run great digital services that meet the Digital Service Standard (a set of 18 criteria that all public facing transactional services have to meet). As such, there is a lot of detail that won't be relevant for many organisations, but also a lot of gold hidden in there.
It was developed by GDS.GOV SERVICE MANUAL
Hyper Island Toolbox
This toolbox contains 75 tools that you can filter by category, time frame, or group size. Each tool has step-by-step process guides.
It is a resource for people who want to work more creatively and collaboratively in their team or organization. Hyper Island has developed, collected, and used these methods over the last 20 years. Some of the tools are unique to the Hyper Island methodology, and many are borrowed from other organisations.
It was launched in 2015 by Hyper Island's R&D team.HYPER ISLAND TOOLBOX
IDEO Design Kit
This toolbox contains 7 mindsets (as videos and text), 61 tools in 3 categories (inspiration, ideation, implementation), and 6 case studies.
Design Kit is the flagship product from IDEO.org. They call it a 'platform' to support people to learn human-centred design, so they can solve difficult problems in a creative, design-led way. The tools contain step-by-step guides and sometimes supporting videos.
It was developed by IDEO.org, the social impact arm of design firm IDEO, working to improve the lives of people in poor and vulnerable communities through design.IDEO DESIGN KIT
IDEO Circular Design Kit
This toolbox contains 28 step-by-step methods, 3 mindsets with videos, 4 stories, and lots of resources (workshops, worksheets, videos, links, case studies).
It has been created for people who want to work more with circular design and provides all of the inspiration and practical support you'll need to start. The methods are divided into 4 categories: understand, define, make, release. They draw on the fields of design, business strategy, and sustainable development.
It was developed by IDEO.org and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2017.IDEO CIRCULAR DESIGN KIT
This toolbox contains 16 tools with step-by-step instructions, videos, and images.
It is focused on design thinking methods drawn together to help creative businesses solve challenging problems or client briefs.
It was developed by the Dentsu Aegis Network Innovation Council.INNOVATION CHAMPIONS
This toolbox contains 38 different 'kits' which you can buy as high quality printed decks in 2 different sizes and sometimes different languages.
MethodKit is a series of frameworks for thinking, printed onto cards. Each card represents a different perspective on the theme you have chosen (like 'web development' or 'wedding design'). They are building blocks that create a visual overview. They are used for idea development, coaching sessions, client meetings, in workshops and to facilitate meetings.
They were first released in September 2012 by Ola Möller, and new kits have been added regularly ever since.METHOD KIT
Mozilla Open Innovation Toolkit
This toolbox contains 25 methods, each with a purpose, outcome, and step-by-step guide. There is also a blog and FAQ.
Mozilla sourced this toolkit from its community to help people incorporate human-centred design into their product development process. The methods borrow from the tech, design, and business worlds and aim to create a collection that leverages existing industry learnings.
It was developed by Mozilla, a global non-profit dedicated to shaping the future of the Web for the public good.MOZILLA OPEN INNOVATION TOOLKIT
Mindlab - For Open Innovation
We've gathered our most used methods for policy and iterative design processes.
This toolbox contains 16 methods in Danish, English, and Portuguese. They are online step-by-step guides with downloadable PDFs and templates.
MindLab created this toolbox to support the public sector to innovate on policy and implement iterative design processes. It draws heavily on design thinking and service design tools and is divided into research, analysis, idea, and implementation sections.
It was developed by MindLab, an organisation from Copenhagen in Denmark that is owned by the Danish Ministry of Industry, the Ministry of Employment and the Ministry of Education.MINDLAB
Microsoft Inclusive Design Kit
This toolbox contains 2 toolkits (containing 16 activity cards, 7 support cards, principles and mindsets), 3 booklets, and 14 videos.
It supports a methodology that aims to help designers of digital services to enable and draw on the full range of human diversity. Most importantly, this means including and learning from people with a range of perspectives. The tools help you to explore human-computer interaction, the full spectrum of human abilities, and prototyping with that in mind.
It was developed by Microsoft Design in 2016 with the help researchers at OCAD University, University of Dundee, Harvard Graduate School of Design, and INVIVIA design firm.MICROSOFT INCLUSIVE DESIGN KIT
Nesta Creative Enterprise Toolkit
This toolbox is a 139-page PDF that contains a range of guides, worksheets, case studies, and methods in 9 languages.
It is split up into 3 workbooks, each covering a different stage of the business startup process: setting up a creative business, making your business work, engaging with customers and staying in business. The aim is to provide aspiring entrepreneurs with a practical resource to help them plan, build, test, communicate and launch their new creative business.
It was developed by Nesta, an innovation foundation from the UK.NESTA CREATIVE ENTERPRISE TOOLKIT
OPSI Toolkit Navigator
This toolbox contains 207 other toolboxes in 14 categories.
It aims to be a compendium of freely available toolkits for public sector innovation and transformation, to help people identify, develop and practice new skills and apply new ways of reaching an outcome.
It was developed by OPSI, the Observatory of Public Sector Innovation.OPSI TOOLKIT NAVIGATOR
Public Design Vault
This toolbox contains over 500 tools, templates, blogs, case studies, reports, videos, courses, cards, etc.
Its focus is on design tools for the public good, aiming to provide a mother list of lists for people working at the intersection of human-centred design, innovation and public/social impact. They are divided into collections which focus on phases in the design process, specific themes, or specific needs.
It was developed by Jason Leow of Outsprint.PUBLIC DESIGN VAULT
Project of How
The toolbox contains 25 step-by-step methods.
Its focus is on helping people to find the right tools for developing creative solutions to complex problems.
It was developed by Ola, Emelie, Karolina, Robin, and Johan, and funded by Kulturbryggan, The Swedish National Board for Youth Affairs and the Youth in Action initiative, and the City of Stockholm's Innovativ Kultur fund.PROJECT OF HOW
The Product Designer's Toolbox
This toolbox contains 20 links to (mainly) digital tools for product design.
It's a simple, narrated list of tools useful for digital product designers. With the aim of helping people find the right tool for the right job in their workflow.
It was put together by Cameron Getty.THE PRODUCT DESIGNER'S TOOLKIT
Salesforce Work Differently
This toolbox contains 6 principles, 6 slide decks, 6 sets of method cards, 14 video lessons, and 24 articles.
It aims to provide helpful advice and resources for people who want to learn how to work differently. The tools draw heavily on innovation and design thinking processes and are used primarily by the Salesforce Ignite team to teach other organisations how to be more innovative.
It was developed by Salesforce Ignite.SALESFORCE WORK DIFFERENTLY
The Security Cards
This toolbox contains 42 cards (split into 4 dimensions) and 9 activities.
This is a security threat brainstorming toolkit that has been designed to encourage people to think broadly and creatively about computer security threats. It explores human impacts and the motivations, resources, and methods of potential adversaries.
It was developed in 2013 by the Security and Privacy Research Lab and the Value Sensitive Design Research Lab at the University of Washington.THE SECURITY CARDS
Service Design Toolkit
This toolbox contains 12 workshop templates and 2 posters as downloadable PDFs, and a manual and technique cards as paid-for physical products. All in Dutch and English.
This is an introduction to the methodology of service design. It brings together ethnography, consumer research, interaction design, product design, industrial design, service marketing and corporate strategy, in a practical do-it-yourself guide.
It was developed through a partnership between Namahn and Flanders DC and translated into English via the European SPIDER project.SERVICE DESIGN TOOLKIT
This toolbox contains 498 methods curated from other toolboxes, split into 7 categories.
It is a library of facilitation techniques that you can curate and filter to find the right tool for a team, idea generation, action, or issue resolution session. SessionLab is also an online session planning system, useful for designing workshops in collaboration with co-facilitators.
It was developed by SessionLab in Estonia.SESSIONLAB
This toolbox contains 2 canvases, 3 testing tools, 6 business model tools, 16 value proposition tools, 8 other tools, and online courses.
Originating from the 2010 book, Business Model Generation, Strategyzer now supports businesses and individuals to add clarity to their business discussions and decisions. This toolbox is an ever-evolving collection of techniques with a premium web app version.
It was originally developed by Alex Osterwalder in 2010, but now by a team of almost 30 people.STRATEGYZER
Systemic Design Toolkit
This toolbox contains a 7-step methodology with 8 techniques and corresponding templates, all available as PDFs.
It draws on systems thinking and design thinking to help companies tackle complex issues and hopefully trigger a process of systemic transformation.
It was developed through a collaboration between Namahn, shiftN, Systemic Design Association, and MaRS Discovery District.SYSTEMIC DESIGN TOOLKIT
The Teamwork Kit
This toolbox contains a handbook with theories, principles, and mindsets, and 5 categories of tools with comprehensive agendas and facilitators guides as downloadable PDFs.
It was created to help organisations develop creative, bonded, high-performing teams by facilitating high-quality workshops and meetings for them.
It was developed by Daresay, a Swedish digital agency.THE TEAMWORK KIT
Telekom Design - Design Thinking Doing
This toolbox is split into 5 phases, each with multiple areas of focus and multiple step-by-step methods. It is collected in one downloadable PDF.
It communicates Deutsche Telekom's design thinking process. The methods have been selected to encourage designers to take the customers' perspective, come up with great solutions, and learn how to get customer feedback.
It was developed by Dr Christian von Reventlow and Philipp Thesen from the Telekom Design team.TELEKOM DESIGN THINKING DOING
This toolbox contains 8 decks of cards with 60 cards each, 8 instructions cards, 24 guidelines cards, and 32 'landing' cards.
It is a brainstorming game for creatives, designed to help people generate ideas fast and easily. The cards contain "what if" questions that encourage people to think in different ways.
It was developed by Alejandro Masferrer, a creative consultant, in 2016.TRIGGER CARDS
This toolbox is a wiki, containing 34 plans, 21 tools, and 14 tips & tricks for running retrospectives.
It is an open resource for people in the Scrum, eXtreme Programming, and Lean Software Development fields to share retrospective plans, tips & tricks, tools and ideas to help them get the most out of their retrospectives.
It was developed by Rob Bowley, Head of Engineering at Co-op Digital.RETROSPECTIVE WIKI
Rework with Google
This toolbox contains 28 detailed, step-by-step practices and 26 tools.
It is the practical element of the re:Work project by Google, an initiative that helps people in organisations to share and push forward the practice and research of data-driven HR. There are also articles, blog posts, and research on the site.
It was developed by re:Work in 2015.REWORK WITH GOOGLE
UNICEF Knowledge Exchange Toolbox
This toolbox contains 23 tools in one PDF or as separate web pages.
It provides simple tools for a range of challenges that UNICEF and similar organisations face: efficient knowledge sharing, learning from experience in order to improve practice and results, effective and context-appropriate planning, decision-making, and co-creation of solutions.
It was developed by the Knowledge Exchange Unit, in the Policy, Strategy and Networks Section, in UNICEF's Division of Data, Research and Policy.UNICEF KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE TOOLBOX