Design thinking: 500+ tools and resources

Purpose: This curated online directory, called Public Design Vault, aims to provide an “all-in-one, a full-stop one-stop, a mother list of lists, a singularity for the plethora of toolkits and resources that are available on the vast internet.” It aims to include “all the well-known usual suspects” as well as “a few diamonds in the rough.”

Description: The tools and resources are provided in collections, including a “starter kits for newbies”. Fifteen collections show the general phases of a design project. They are:

  1. Design brief
  2. Scoping your project
  3. Team building
  4. Design research
  5. Empathy
  6. Synthesis/sensemaking
  7. Reframing
  8. Brainstorming
  9. Ideation process
  10. Prototyping
  11. User testing
  12. Iteration
  13. Implementation
  14. Measuring impact
  15. Funding.

Additional collections cover specific topics or do not easily fall into a particular design phase. They include:

  • Change management
  • Co-creation
  • Facilitation
  • Foresight
  • Leadership
  • Project management
  • Systems thinking
  • Visual thinking.

Source: Public Design Vault was developed in 2018 by indie maker Jason Leow.



Related tools on this website:

There are also specific tools for framing and scoping.


Related topics on Wikipedia:


Posted: October 2018
Last modified: October 2018