A New Visual Aid for Designing

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Conference Proceeding
Consilience and Innovation in Design, proceedings and Program vol. 2, 2013, pp. 3558 - 3567
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In 2002 the American Design consultancy IDEO developed a set of method cards to assist designers and others in selecting the appropriate process on a design project. The Designing Out Crime Research Centre (DOC) has customized the concept of design process cards basing the form and content on a new design thinking philosophy. Originally designed to assist the Centre's consultancy stream working on crime related issues the new cards have also been shown to aid design students gain insight into design process in general and in selecting the appropriate tool for the specific design task they are undertaking. The new design thinking approach, which forms the framework for the cards, was developed by Kees Dorst following an investigative process including the review of many DOC design projects and extensive with leading designers. The approach contains nine steps - archaeology, paradox, context, field, themes, frames, futures, transformation, and integration (Dorst 2013). The cards serve a number of purposes. While assisting the design team in planning new assignments the cards also help the team engage with clients in both determining the tools to employ and the sequence in which they occur. The playful nature of the cards and the informative details contained on the backside assist in demystifying the process to those less familiar with designing. This paper describes the cards and how they relate to the new thinking philosophy. Also included is a demonstration on how the cards can be used in a variety of design projects.
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