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Card-based design tools: a review and analysis of 155 card decks for designers and designing

Roy, Robin and Warren, James (2019). Card-based design tools: a review and analysis of 155 card decks for designers and designing. Design Studies, 63 pp. 125–154.

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DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.destud.2019.04.002
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Abstract

Many card-based design tools have been produced, initially to aid creativity and user participation in design, with an upsurge post-2000 when numerous card decks were developed. Reviewers have classified the tools using samples ranging from five to thirty-eight. Our comprehensive inventory and analysis of 155 card-based tools offers a more robust classification, with three-quarters aiming to facilitate creative thinking, human-centred design, or domain-specific methods. The few scientific trials of these tools indicate they enable designers to generate more innovative concepts, and feedback indicates that cards can aid the design process and provide information, methods, or good practice in handy form. However, cards are usually tested and applied by their developers, so more independent trials are needed to establish their effectiveness.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2019 Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN: 0142-694X
Project Funding Details:
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Extra Information: This article also contains an Appendix A Supplementary Data.
Keywords: card decks; design tools; design methods; creative design; user-centred design
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Design and Innovation
Item ID: 61472
Depositing User: James Warren
Date Deposited: 28 May 2019 09:18
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2020 18:50
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/61472
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