Our favourite submissions of 2020
Resources, lessons and action plans for people organizing for racial equality and justice.Black Lives Matter Toolkits
A list to help make sense of self-isolation and to offer inspiration for home activities.The Quarantine Activity Board
Address issues of climate change in your organization and set up a plan for how to respond to them.Chapter Zero Board Toolkit
A toolkit to build behaviour-focused ideas and to create sustainable behaviour change.BehaviourKit
A range of resources to educate about anti-racism in practical ways.Anti-Racist Resource Guide
NoHQ help founders build effective remote strategies with actionable guides, tools & advice from remote-first companies.NOHQ
A Trello board listing practical advice and resources within areas such as research, community, education, remote working, entertainment and kids.Covid19 Finland Toolkit
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WORK FROM HOME
NoHQ help founders build effective remote strategies with actionable guides, tools & advice from remote-first companies.NOHQ
This toolbox contains 23 tools as cards divided into 5 categories: discover, decide, make, validate, and fundamentals. They can be viewed online or printed.
It has been designed to help other US government agencies, federal offices, and organisations to bring human-centered design into their projects. It is also completely open source.
It was created by 18F an agency of the United States government that partners with other agencies to improve the user experience of government.18F METHODS
This toolbox contains 75 tools (of course!) split into 5 themes. It is available as a physical box set or app.
It has been designed to help people get inspired, organise ideas, and boost creative thinking skills.
It was created by Booreiland, a Dutch design and strategy studio.75 TOOLS FOR CREATIVE THINKING
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 contains 10 methods in 3 phases, presented in an Adobe Illustrator file that you can download in exchange for an email address.
It has been designed to support building and aligning a future for an organisation, service or a product. It draws on some classic management consultancy methods and adds Nordkapp's spin on them.
Nordkapp is an advanced design studio based in Helsinki and Amsterdam.ACTIONABLE FUTURES 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
This toolbox contains 9 different 'blindspots' split into 3 categories: planning, building, and deploying. It is available as a PDF.
It has been designed to help teams working with AI to identify unconscious bias in their work that might generate harmful unintended consequences.
It was created by Ania Calderon, Dan Taber, Hong Qu, and Jeff Wen during the Berkman Klein Center and MIT Media Lab's 2019 Assembly program.AI Blindspot
This toolbox contains 30 cards, each featuring a person with a different disability or accessibility need.
It has been created to help designers and developers think about different kinds of disability and accessibility. It does this by using case studies of real people to look at four broad categories of accessibility needs that we must be aware of.
It was created by Anne Gibson, a Principal UX Designer based in Pennsylvania, USA.Alphabet of Accessibility
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
This toolbox contains 107 step-by-step methods which you can compile into full workshops and filter based on time, phase, and context.
It has been designed to help people plan and realise innovation workshops, open projects, and connected media projects.
It was created by Future Lab CreaLab and interspin CreaLab.Be Create (German)
This toolbox contains a theoretical introduction to behaviour design and helps you get started putting it into practice.
It has been designed to help people understand what behaviour design is and how to use it responsibly. It's packed with examples, theories and methods of different sources that lead you through the origin, ways of thinking, ways of working and the ethics of behaviour design.
It was created by Behaviour Studio.BehaviourKit
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
This toolbox is a website and a free downloadable 28-page PDF zine.
It has been designed to educate designers and users of digital technologies about building "consentful tech," tech that clearly establishes when data has been taken with full consent.
It was created by Una Lee and Dann Toliver, sponsored by Allied Media Projects, supported by the Digital Rights Community Grant Program, a partnership between Digital Justice Lab, Tech Reset Canada and Centre for Digital Rights. With design support from And Also Too.Building Consentful Tech
This toolbox contains information to help you understand the key issues relating to climate change and provides some steps you can take to start to address them in your own organization.
It has been designed for non executive directors to get climate change on the agenda of senior management and provide clear steps to take action within their organization. The toolbox is a pdf that you can access after providing your email address.
This toolkit has been developed for Chapter Zero, the directors' climate forum, by The Berkeley Partnership working with the Hughes Hall Centre for Climate Change Engagement in Cambridge.Chapter Zero Board Toolkit
The Children's Design Guide aims to integrate children's rights and ethics into the heart of the design process. The toolkit was created during Talkoot, a 48-hour collaborative event in Helsinki in 2018.
70+ designers, psychologists, neuroscientists, health care specialists, educators, and children’s rights experts got together and designed this guide, in order to set new ethics standards.
The guide includes 10 Principles and 40 Methods.CHILDREN'S DESIGN GUIDE
This toolbox contains 100 canvases, with references and links to download PDFs/images for each one.
They range from business model generation to open innovation, to project management and team culture. There is a short introduction at the top which explains the upsides and downsides of using these kinds of tools.
It was created by Andi Roberts, a coach and facilitator who helps people and organisations to transform and raise performance.CANVAS COLLECTION
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
This toolbox contains 13 tools in a PDF that you get in exchange for your email address.
It has been designed to help people to do better work by learning transferable comedy skills. The tools will help people in all kinds of organisations to run better presentations and meetings with colleagues and clients; to do better pitches to investors, and for team building and staying on top of mental wellbeing.
It was created by Com4Com, a company that teaches methods from stand-up comedy to help people do better work.COMEDY4COMPANIES TOOLSACK
This toolbox contains 58 methods split into 6 categories: library, field, lab, showroom, workshop, and stepping stones.
It has been deisgned to help students of communication and media design to improve their working process. It is a classic collection of method for user-centered design process. From research, to conceptualization, to designing, to testing.
It was created by HAN (University of Applied Sciences) and AUAS (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences).CMD (Communication and Media Design) Methods
This toolbox contains 27 'thumballs' which are physical tools for groups to use.
The thumball has been designed to facilitate deeper and more meaningful discussions in a playful and tactile way.
It was created by the Trainers Warehouse. An online store in the USA that offers hundreds of effective, innovative and fun products for trainers and educators across all industries.Conversation Starters
This toolbox contains six principles and methods that tap into the creativity inherent in an organization.
It has been designed to integrate strategy and creativity for successful communication. The tools are written in a friendly, no-nonsense manner and are available as downloadable pdf's.
It was created by Berghs School of Communication.The Creative Innovation Toolbox
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
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
This toolbox is a PDF that begins with an introduction to the double diamond process. After that it introduces 11 tools split into four categories: Discover, Define, Develop, and Deliver.
It has been developed to provide an introduction to service design and a selection of service design tools for people new to the field.
It was created through a joint initiative by the Technology Strategy Board and the Design Council (the originators of the double diamond).DESIGN METHODS FOR DEVELOPING SERVICES
This toolbox contains 60 tools with step-by-step methods, available online or as a physical product.
It has been designed to help agile teams to balance research, creation, and teamwork whilst using design methods in their projects.
It was created by the Digital Society School based in Amsterdam.Design Method Toolkit
This toolkit is a PDF that contains 25 tools split into 5 sections.
It has been designed to help Brazilian companies to implement design thinking methods as standard management practice. It covers the whole process, from immersion and framing the brief, through to transforming solutions into business opportunities.
It was developed in 2012 by MJV Tecnologia e Inovação, an innovation consultancy based in Rio de Janeiro.DESIGN THINKING: BUSINESS INNOVATION
This toolkit is a 13-page PDF that contains a series of action-oriented steps, principles, and tips.
It has been designed to help people use design thinking processes to shape "organizational stories that connect." They want to to put humans back at the centre of news release tactics.
It was developed by PwR new media, an agency that helps organizations to create content that tells their stories in a way that is visually engaging, emotionally evocative, and audience-friendly.DESIGN THINKING FOR COMMUNICATION PROFESSIONALS
This toolbox contains a set of eight lenses that offer a different perspective when designing products, services, interactions and architecture.
It has been designed for projects focussing on socially and environmentally beneficial behaviour change. The lenses cover a range of disciplines, and are phrased as questions or provocations to enable the toolkit's use as both a brainstorming tool and a guide for exploring the field of design for behaviour change. The toolkit is available to click through on the website and as a pdf download.
It was developed by Dan Lockton.Design with Intent
This playbook is a 27-page PDF that contains a range of suggestions and theories around digital transformation. Note that you have to sign up to download the PDF.
It has been designed to to enable companies to plan and execute their entire transformation journey.
It was created by the Open Roads Community, a forum dedicated to accelerating digital business transformation based in Singapore.The Digital Mastermind
This toolbox contains 13 tools (called 'plays'), each with a checklist and key questions.
The tools have been drawn from successful practices in the private and public sectors that, if followed together, will help the government to build effective digital services.
It was created by the US digital service, a part of the Executive Office of the President of the United States. It exists to improve and simplify digital services and to improve federal websites.DIGITAL SERVICES PLAYBOOK
This is an e-book. It is part of a series of e-books by UnSchool which all cost $15 to download.
It has been developed to help designers to activate and initiate positive social and environmental change through design. The author takes readers through the tools and techniques of something called the 'Disruptive Design Method'.
It was written by Dr. Leyla Acaroglu, a designer, sociologist, social entrepreneur, TED speaker, and founder of UnSchool.DISRUPTIVE DESIGN METHOD HANDBOOK
This toolbox contains links to 65 different resources, articles, lists, and studies that you can view or save for later.
It has been designed to help companies, venture capitalists, and startup founders create their own toolkit of resources to promote and foster diversity, equity, and inclusion.
It was created through a collaboration between IDEO CoLab and GE Ventures.Diversity and Inclusion for VCs
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
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
This toolbox contains 4 PDF playbooks, each with a set of exercises, concepts, and practices.
It has been designed to help teams and organisations to build emotional intelligence in the workplace.
It was created by humans@work, a collective of doers and thinkers based in Mumbai, London, and Amsterdam.EQ@WORK PLAYBOOK
This toolbox contains 17 step-by-step methods, 9 focused questions for Systemic Design, and a detailed guide for setting up Systemic Design workshops.
It has been designed to help systemic designers approach complex challenges with courage, humility, and realistic optimism; or to help people learn new system design methods.
It was created by Alberta CoLab, a public and social innovation lab.Follow the rabbit
This toolbox is a website split into 3 phases: Trends & signals, Interpretation & choices, and Shaping futures. Each phase contains a mix of case studies, tools, and checklists.
It has been designed to act as a guide to help organisations shape a long-term goal and move into the future. Through cases, tools, and articles, the toolbox aims to support you through all the steps of building a vision.
It was created by Sitra, a Finnish Innovation Fund based in Helsinki.Futuremaker's Toolbox
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
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
This toolbox contains 9 toolkits, 25 worksheets, and video walkthroughs.
It has been designed to help people build a brand, create a digital presence, and better position their organization. The toolkits cover value propositions, strategic planning, marketing, storytelling, and more.
It was created by Matthew Manos from verynice, a global design-strategy consultancy.GIVE ALL : DESIGN STRATEGY TOOLKITS
This toolbox contains an extensive catalog of tips, best practices and reflections on remote work.
It has been designed to give insight into the remote work practices by Gitlab, the largest all-remote company in the world. You can sign up to download the Remote Playbook in pdf. The website itself also offers a wide range of articles and videos covering topics like People & Values, Management, Hiring & learning and many more.
It was created by Gitlab.Gitlabs Guide to Remote Work
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
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
This toolbox is a card deck that contains 100 full-colour cards, split into 91 group process 'patterns' and 9 category cards.
It has been designed to support workshop planners, facilitator, or participants to get stuck relationships flowing; result in clear decisions with wide support; and make a lasting difference. The deck also supports routine, well-run meetings that aim to bring people together and get stuff done.
It was created by the Group Pattern Language Project.Group Works
This toolbox contains over 50 templates from the fields of design thinking, strategy, agile, lean startup, and growth hacking.
It has been designed to help people who want to manage growth in their team or organization when working with products and service development. A lot of the templates can be found in other toolboxes, but some are unique to Martin's website.
It was created by Martin Hacks as support for his new book 'The Growth Curve'.Growth Management Toolbox by Martin Hacks
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
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
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 35 free PDF templates in a downloadable ZIP file, which you can access after sharing the link on social media.
It has been designed to help people run a range of design thinking exercises, from empathy maps to research methods to prototyping. The templates were originally designed to accompany an online course.
It was created by the Interaction Design Foundation to support their mission of democratising design education.IDF DESIGN THINKING BUNDLE
This toolbox is a card game that contains 107 playing cards and one A0-size manifesto poster.
It has been designed to bring people together to build successful collaborations, especially at the start of a project.
It was created in a joint venture between Good Health Design, the Lab4Living and the Centre for Person Centred Research. All industry leading experts in transdisciplinary collaboration.initiate.collaborate
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 50 methods. Each one has a background, description, and step-by-step processes.
It has been designed to facilitate innovation and transformation processes, to help foster an innovation friendly culture and to make social innovation easier and more successful.
It was created by a collective of institutes for social innovation and transformative learning: Visionautik Akademie, Art Monastery Project, Plenum, and the Sendzimir Foundation.Innovation Methods Toolbox
This toolbox contains over 80 free visual tools, available as Google Drawings templates.
It has been designed for busy people to dive into action creating better business results. These 'maps' are all grounded in existing theories and practices of strategy, business innovation and business development.
It was created by Ronald Swensson fron Sellingnet.INNOmaps
This toolbox contains 63 cards. Split into 51 'lenses', 8 categories, and tips for using information architecture.
It has been created to support designers working on difficult information architecture and navigation problems. By looking at their problems through different lenses, users of this toolbox can challenge their assumptions, stress-test underlying frameworks, and evaluate their concepts.
It was created by Dan Brown, a UX designer and information architect based in the USA.Information Architecture Lenses
This toolbox contains 32 articles, each of which contains links, downloads or book recommendations.
It has been created to help designers and artists discover new sources of inspiration in the fields of graphic design, photography, cinema, art, and design culture.
It was created by whoever made the Inspiration Design Resource website. There is no more information on the 'About' page.Inspiration Design Resource
This toolbox contains a variety of cards, tokens, and maps that each form part of a new board game. To play, you need to download the kit and print the elements yourself.
This board game has been designed to help experts in specific fields to break out of their niches, to work with people from other disciplines to create Internet-of-Things experiences. It aims to support mutual understanding by making the complex, simple.
It was created in Berlin by Ricardo Brito and Paul Houghton from Futurice, a digital agency focused on Service Design, Consultancy and Software Craftsmanship.IoT SERVICE KIT
This toolbox contains a modular set of 13 design canvases and 3 decks of cards in a downloadable ZIP file.
It has been designed to help a range of people to define and crystallise internet of things ideas; from experienced IoT design and development teams, to educators and novices.
It was created by Studio Dott as a tool to be used in the early phases of an IoT design process.IoT DESIGN KIT
This toolbox contains 16 PDFs, each with tools, resources, and information related to a specific element of knowledge sharing.
It has been designed to help individuals and teams enhance their knowledge sharing efforts on projects.
It was created by APPEL Knowledge Services. The department that helps ensure NASA’s technical workforce has the skills and knowledge needed to advance mission success.Knowledge Toolbox
This toolbox provides a menu of 33 Liberating Structures to replace or complement conventional practices.
The structures have been designed to unleash cultural innovation by helping people take on complex challenges with newfound confidence.
The toolbox is founded by Keith McCandless and Henri Lipmanowicz in 2002, and is available under Creative Commons License.LIBERATING STRUCTURE
This toolbox contains a mix of methods, resources and field-guides on how to codesign with young people.
It has been designed to help organisations support the mental health and wellbeing of young people. To better identify local issues and youth vulnerabilities, and co-design more effective and contextual responses with the young people and communities affected. The tools are presented as downloadable pdf's.
It was created by LifehackHQ - an intervention for child and youth wellbeing in Aotearoa New Zealand.LifehackHQ's Youth Codesign Resources
The toolbox is a 68-page PDF that contains research, advice, and methods focused on the STEM learning curriculum for young people.
It has been designed to help informal educators connect with their community and co-design active learning environments in non-traditional settings. It has been backed with lots of research and there are many links to further reading.
It was created by a team at Kitsap Regional Library in Bremerton, Wales, UK.Make Do Share
This toolbox contains 3 card sets (to buy or download) and 26 practices / games with descriptions and step-by-step advice for how to implement them.
It has been designed an ever-changing collection of games, tools, and practices to help increase employee engagement and support change in teams, companies, and individuals.
It was created by Happy Melly One, a global remote company founded by Jurgen Appelo to help organizations have better leaders and fewer managers.MANAGEMENT 3.0
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
This toolkit contains 24 tools as online step-by-step guides or downloadable PDFs with templates.
It has been designed to support Mitre's colleagues, sponsors, and collaborators jumpstart the innovation process. It contains some rarely seen tools like 'PAINstorming', 'Trimming', and the 'Simplicity Cycle'.
It was created by Mitre, a USA company that manages federally funded research and development centers.Mitre
This toolbox contains 200+ models, presentations, worksheets, resources, and step-by-step instructions for playing the Models of Impact game. It is available as a ZIP file on a Pay-What-You-Want basis.
It has been designed to help people launch a social enterprise through role-play and ideation. With 3-5 people and 2-3 hours the game will guide you through 4 phases to end up with new business opportunities.
It was created by Matthew Manos from verynice, a global design-strategy consultancy.MODELS OF IMPACT
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
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
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
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
An index of all Nesta toolkits since 2011, including Designing for Public Services, System Innovation Impact, Innovation Policy Toolkit, and many more.
Categorised by Creative Economy & Culture, Education, Government Innovation, Health, Innovation Policy and Futurescaping.NESTA TOOLKITS
This toolbox contains 37 tools, each with a short description and step-by-step instructions.
It has been designed to help leaders make cultural and organizational change. It forms part of the NOBL Academy, a larger library of tools, case studies, essays, and training programmes.
It was created by the team at NOBL, an organisational design consultancy based in LA, NYC, London, and Vancouver.NOBL ACADEMY TOOLS
This toolbox contains a selection of online tools and advice to help your team work remotely.
It has been designed to help people organize their remote strategies. Whether you are new to remote work, have a full remote team or a partially remote company. It describes the most used online tools for collaboration and bonding with your team. As well as a blog with practical advice on remote work. You can also join the conversation in their remote community.
It was created by NoHQNoHQ toolkit
This toolkit is a PDF that contains 5 'things to remember' when doing design and 7 tools divided into Discover, Define, Develop, and Deliver phases.
It has been developed to support people who have attended Futuregov workshops in New South Wales, as well as anyone who wants to improve their process of designing a solution for their users.
It was created in 2017 by the service design agency, Futuregov and Social Innovation Council of New South Wales in Australia.NSW HUMAN-CENTRED DESIGN TOOLKIT
This toolbox contains links to over 200 tools and resources for making 'naming things' easier.
It has been designed to help you find a good name for a company, a project, or a product. It is split into a number of useful categories: Brainstorming, Vetting, Guides & Sprints, Etymologies, Cautionary Tales, Agencies & Services, and Further Reading.
It was created by Greg Leppert & Willem Van Lancker. Designers, investors, and business owners from the USA.ONYM
This toolbox contains 17 open source guides and best practices to help you to make and design.
It has been designed to guide you through the design process step by step. You can browse through 4 design phases: explore, define, make and validate. With each tool they explain why to use it, when to use it and who to involve in the process.
It was originally incubated at Bocoup and became a community-owned project in Summer 2017.Open Design Kit
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
This toolbox contains a multi-step process for completing the Planet Centric Design Canvas (a modified version of the lean canvas).
It has been designed to help entrepreneurs, startups and businesses create more sustainable business solutions. It takes you step-by-step from preparation, through the canvas, to a validation phase.
It was created by Impossible and makesense. Impossible is a group of people who have come together to help solve meaningful problems and guide global change. It was founded by Christoph Dressel, Lily Cole, and Kwame Ferreira is the CEO.PLANET CENTRIC DESIGN TOOLKIT
This toolbox is a collection of 8 canvases, with a PDF guide to their use, available as a downloadable PDF.
It has been designed to support people to create 'platform businesses' that utilize digital ecosystems to tackle challenges in the age of complexity.
It was created by Simone Cicero and his team, who are based in Rome.Platform Design Toolkit
This toolbox contains a range of ingredients, principles, and explanations presented on a simple website.
It has been designed to share and uphold the practice of creating digital products that provide meaningful and relevant experiences to users. There are practical tips and philosophical explorations around how to approach design better.
It was created by the design team at Automattic, as a special open source gift to the design community.PRODUCT EXPERIENCE PLAYBOOK
This toolbox contains 49 tools on a simple online platform. They each have a short description and step by step process guide.
It has been designed to help people reinvent organizations by taking small steps (what they call 'prototypes') towards working differently. From simple things like 'stopping meetings' to larger things like 'self-managed firing'.
It was created by Edition, an organization design firm based in Amsterdam.Prototyping Work
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
This toolbox contains 28 tools on a simple website. Each one provides advice and guidance at a different point in the innovation process: Generation, Selection, Implementation, Sustaining, Diffusion.
It has been designed to support agencies who want to move through stages in the innovation process but aren't sure how to proceed.
It was created by the Public Sector Innovation website on behalf of the Australian Government.Public Sector innovation
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
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
This toolbox contains ideas and tips for things to do during a quarantine at home.
It has been designed to make sense of self-isolation and to offer inspiration for home activities. It is divided into different topics like health, play, learn, work and even travel. Each topic offers a range of things you can do while at home.
It was created by Jason Theodor.The Quarantine Activity Board
This toolbox is an open wiki that contains a range of practical tips and best practices for writing online content.
It has been designed as a universal content style guide, based on usability evidence. It contains guidelines for creating easy to comprehend content so that web and content developers can design inclusively by default.
It was created by Content Design London, a data-driven content agency and training company.Readability Guidelines
This toolkit contains 58 tools and activities to help design better products, services and experiences by helping you understand the people you're designing for and the problems you're solving for them.
The kit was created and designed by Adam Corcoran (and team) at Red Cross Australia specifically for individuals working there, as well as any Red Cross veteran or interested person.
The kit was created in 2018, and is available under Creative Commons License.RED CROSS PROBLEM SOLVER'S TOOLKIT
This toolbox contains links to 34 remote products, services, and methods.
It has been designed to help support virtual collaboration and team happiness, especially for organisations that want to work more effectively remotely.
It was created by Hanno, a team of digital health designers working remotely to save and improve lives.REMOTE STARTER KIT
This toolbox contains resources, templates and tips & tricks for remote teaching and learning.
It has been designed for educators and students to find guides, templates, and advice for remote teaching and distance learning. It's full of articles, videos and links to social media threads.
It was created by Notion.Remote wiki for students & teachers
This toolbox contains hundreds of links to other toolboxes, books, handbooks, playbooks, and articles.
It has been designed to share models and work practices for decentralised organising, by giving examples of how decentralised organisations actually work through decision making, roles, and communications tools.
It was created by Richard D. Bartlett, co-founder of Loomio and The Hum.Resources for decentralised organising
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
This toolbox contains a step by step guide for design-lead development. It let's you click through different steps of a design cycle, with explanation videos and downloads for materials to use.
It has been designed to introduce you to the design thinking methodology and how to apply it for app development. The tools are arranged to follow up on each other to guide you through the whole process.
It was developed by SAP Build.SAP Design Thinking
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
This toolbox contains a variety of environment tiles, cards, and canvases. They are intended to be used in 3 phases: build, ideate, and define.
It has been designed to help people create concepts for new digital services in a tangible and interactive way. They recommend using the sandbox for between 3 hours and 2-days to get the best outcomes.
It was created by Jane Vita and the Business and Service Design team from Digitalist, a Customer Experience Innovation company based all over the world.SERVICE SANDBOX
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 a set of canvases that outline the different phases in a service creation process. Every tool comes with a series of questions appropriate for a particular phase of the process.
It has been designed to bring structure and focus to service creation. Each canvas is freely available to download and the entire toolbox is available as a pdf with detailed instructions.
It was developed by Futurice.Lean Service Creation
This toolbox contains 36 tools categorised by design activity type, representations, receipients, and contents.
It has been designed to gather methods from social science, business, design and technology that make up the discipline of service design, and share them openly.
It was created by Roberta Tassi, further developed with the DensityDesign research group at INDACO Department - Politecnico di Milano and DARC.SERVICE DESIGN TOOLS
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
This toolbox contains 13 tools with downloadable worksheets. They are tagged with 6 categories: communicating, empathizing, ideating, leading, planning, and teambuilding.
It has been designed to help people understand themselves and work better. This is a collection of tools, prompts, and exercises to help teams flourish.
It was created by SYPartners, a San Francisco and New York based management consultancy that behaves like a design studio.SYPartners
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
This toolbox contains 18 cards divided into 3 categories: actions, rituals, and tools. They are available as a downloadable PDF on a pay-what-you-want basis.
The content draws together tools from 4 other toolboxes. It was designed to support a self-facilitated team formation process to help businesses and organisations gain the competitive advantage of 'effective teams'.
It was created by Niklaus Gerber, who is currently leading the Digital Product Development department at Neue Zürcher Zeitung in Switzerland.TEAMKIT
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
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 54 tools, each with instructions, guidelines, and tips, split into 4 categories: research, ideation, prototyping, and facilitation.
Based on the book, 'This is Service Design Doing', it has been designed to help teach people the building blocks of service design.
It was created by Marc Stickdorn, Adam Lawrence, Markus Hormess, and Jakob Schneider, the editors of the book.This is Service Design Doing
This toolbox is a Github document that contains 7 methods focused on goals, messages, and branding.
It has been developed to help content strategists to have better conversations with clients so they can write better content.
It was developed by Nicole Fenton (@nicoleslaw on Twitter).TINY CONTENT FRAMEWORK
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 contains 54 online tools presented as step-by-step guides with templates. They are divided into 6 categories: from 'Prepare for Eco-Innovation' to 'Review Eco-Innovation Projects'.
It's a really comprehensive toolbox that has been designed to help small companies to access new markets, increase productivity and profitability, attract investment, and stay ahead of regulations and standards.
It was created by the United Nations Environment Programme.UN Eco-innovation Manual
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
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
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
This toolkit contains 45 tools in an online library, ranging from tutorials to templates to online courses.
It has been designed to help entrepreneurs figure out how to focus on the right things at the right time. It aims to take the best of what’s out there in modern practices like design thinking and Lean Startup, and package them up in one simple process.
It was created by Alexander Cowan, Managing Director at the corporate innovation agency Synapse Partners.VENTURE DESIGN PROCESS
This toolkit contains an introduction to the definitions and principles, followed by a series of tools explained in lots of detail.
It has been developed to help people wanting to do service design and delivery in community services in Western Australia. It provides a step-by-step guide for bringing co-design sessions into local government: from preparing government officials, to working with the community, to evaluating the process.
It was developed by the Western Australian Council of Social Service.WACOSS CO-DESIGN TOOLKIT
This toolkit contains 14 tools with additional context and advice, available as a PDF.
It has been designed to help businesses capitalise on opportunities in a changing world by guiding them through a simple process for innovation: from SWOT analysis, to customer insights, to idea generation, to developing and pitching a concept.
It was created by the Davidson Institute, part of the Australian bank Westpac's drive to support individuals, businesses, not for profit organisations and community groups manage money better.Westpac Innovation toolkit
This toolbox is a 40-page PDF that contains a set of steps, tools, stories and examples that are designed to be used by people with learning difficulties.
It has been designed to build evaluation and ways to evidence impact into the design of a project. It was created for self-advocacy projects, but it can easily be adapted to any community project.
It was created through a partnership between Barod, Jan Walmsley Associates and All Wales People First, working with People First and self advocates in Wales. The research was funded by Disability Research for Independent Living and Learning (DRILL).What makes a good self advocacy project?
This toolbox contains an introduction to wicked problems and systems thinking.
It has been designed as a step by step guide to identify and analyse wicked problems. There are three parts to this toolbox. The first explains what wicked problems are. The second leads you through a systems mapping exercise. And the third is a guide to backcasting.
It was created by Xynteo.Wicked Problems Toolkit
This toolbox contains some common exercises to run effective meetings as mini workshops.
It has been designed to guide people through the different stages of the design process. They divide the steps in bite-sized workshop exercises to use during meetings. The tools are presented with step-by-step descriptive text to make it easy to follow for experienced and novice facilitators.
It was created by Charles Burdett.Workshop Tactics
This toolbox contains 13 tools for innovation, along with a 10-module online course, a guide for creating compelling visions, and 100+ business model patterns.
It has been designed to help people prepare for and run innovation activities, pushing beyond the business model canvas.
It was created by Erik van der Pluijm, a startup coach based in Amsterdam.WRKSHP
This toolbox contains curriculum-based learning resources for use in a range of subjects taught in UK schools.
It has been designed to deliver Black British history for schools across the UK. Subjects covered include English, History, Geography, and Sociology, along with resources for home learning. The toolbox aims to provide access to free and licensable resources covering Black history, while encouraging students to engage with history and develop their critical thinking skills to become fully rounded citizens in our increasingly globalised world.
It was developed by social enterprise The Black Curriculum.Decolonising Education Resources (UK)
The toolbox provides resources to support those promoting racial equity.
It is designed to provide strategies and tools for inclusion, racial equity and social justice, across four areas: essential concepts and issues; assessing and learning; planning and implementing; and sustaining and refining.
It was developed by the Center for Assessment & Policy Development and MP Associates.Race, Power and Policy Workbook
This toolbox contains a range of resources that aim to educate about anti-racism in practical ways.
It has been designed to broaden the reader's understanding of anti-racism, encourage involvement in combatting racism - anti-Blackness and police violence in particular, and work on targeting racial inequality, white supremacy, and injustice.
It was built by Victoria Alexander.Anti-Racist Resource Guide
This toolbox helps HR and People departments to create policy that supports institutional racial equity.
It has been designed for workforce development organizations and practitioners to evaluate their programs, operations and culture, to identify areas of strength and potential growth. It aims to familiarize practitioners with evaluating their current efforts and planning further action steps.
It was developed by Race Forward.Racial Equity Readiness Assessment for Workforce Development
This toolbox contains a growing list of resources to support anti-racism learning and growth among children.
It is designed to provide ongoing support and educational resources for parents and children to combat racism and encourage anti-racsim learning.
It is developed by PBS.Anti-Racist Resources: For Families, Educators, and Students
This toolbox contains a scala of reports and books on the status of anti-racism work in Europe. It includes several toolkits for activists and anti-racism NGOs to help facilitate their work.
The European Network Against Racism (ENAR) stands against racism and discrimination and works towards equality, solidarity and well-being for all in Europe. ENAR is the only pan-European anti-racism network that combines advocacy for racial equality and facilitating cooperation among civil society anti-racism actors in Europe.
It was developed by The European Network Against Racism.European Network Against Racism
This toolbox contains resources, lessons and action plans for people organizing for racial equality and justice. With topics like healing justice and conflict resolution it aims to facilitate peaceful action.
It was designed for Black and non-Black POC organizers for systemic change and it includes a toolkit for white people to help the cause.
It was developed by Black Lives Matter.Black Lives Matter Toolkits
The Implicit Association Test measures the strength of associations between concepts (e.g., Black people, gay people) and evaluations (e.g., good, bad) or stereotypes (e.g., athletic, clumsy).
Project Implicit is a non-profit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition - thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control. The goal of the organization is to educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a "virtual laboratory" for collecting data on the Internet.
It was developed by Harvard University.Implicit Association Test
This toolbox contains a library of articles, books, research, talks and much more on social implications and harms of artificial intelligence. Racial justice requires algorithmic justice.
It was designed to raise public awareness about the impacts of AI, equip advocates with empirical research to bolster campaigns, build the voice and choice of most impacted communities, and galvanize researchers, policymakers, and industry practitioners to mitigate AI bias and harms.
It was developed by the Algorithmic Justice League.Algorithmic Justice League