Circular Design Guide
Developed by IDEO and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, this design thinking guide encourages the application of  “circular” principles to design. These circular principles include a focus on processes that move beyond the traditional “take, make and dispose” model to approaches that are renewal, regenerative, and less wasteful.

Design Kit
Design Kit is a tool from for sharing and teaching human-centered design.  The site features over 50 design methods,  case studies, and videos about the key mindsets of human-centered design. 

Design Thinking for Educators 
This toolkit contains the process and methods of design thinking adapted specifically for the context of K-12 education. It was developed by IDEO and Riverdale Country School.

Design Thinking for Libraries
A fantastic resource and tool that is relevant to museums. The toolkit is the result of a project funded by the Global Libraries program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and was created by IDEO.

18F Design Methods Cards
18F is a civic consultancy inside US government that enables federal agencies to rapidly deploy digital tools and services. The 18F Design Method Cards introduce research and design methods for quick, comparatively low-cost user research.

Equity-Centered Design Framework
A re-imagining of the design thinking process from the Stanford K12 Lab to promote equity and inclusion. The expanded process helps designers develop a self-awareness of identity, values, emotions, biases, assumptions and situatedness before entering any context or practice of empathy.

Google Ventures Design Sprint
A DIY guide for running your own design sprints, a multi-day process that involves researching, designing, prototyping, and testing new product ideas with customers.

Online courses developed by the smart folks at IDEO focusing on design thinking, creativity, design leadership, and storytelling. The courses are not free, but the introductory, 90-minute “Hello Design Thinking” class is an affordable way to get an introduction to the process.

IDEO Method Cards
Developed by the design firm IDEO, these cards present 51 of the methods used at IDEO. Each card describes one method and includes a brief story about how and when to use it. Note: we do not recommend the free app version of the cards. The app does not contain all the content as the physical cards.

Adobe Kickbox is an “innovation-in-a-box” toolkit developed at Adobe and packaged and open-sourced for other organizations to use and adapt. It is designed to increase innovator effectiveness, accelerate innovation velocity, and measurably improve innovation outcomes.

Innovating for People: Human-Centered Design Planning Cards
This deck of cards was created by the LUMA Institute. It’s a set of visual planning cards describing 36 methods of human-centered design, organized by way of three key design skills: Looking, Understanding, and Making.

Inclusive Design at Microsoft
This toolkit from Microsoft Design is a comprehensive resource with a downloadable manual, activity cards, and videos around inclusive design, a practice that puts people in the center from the very start of the process.

New York Times Product Discovery Activity Guide
This toolkit was created by The New York Times for internal product developers. It combines activities, exercises, and testing techniques drawn from Design Thinking, Lean, and Agile. Almost all the methods described in the toolkit can be applied to museum digital development efforts.

Stanford Virtual Crash Course
This online version of one of the’s most frequently sought after learning experiences provides a 90-minute video, handouts, and facilitation tips for a virtual “crash course” in design thinking.

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