The Elements of Design Thinking Trading Cards

As a quick follow up to my previous post on the Elements of Design Thinking, I wanted to share some ‘trading cards’ of the elements that I hope will help stimulate thinking, discussion and development of the Table. To me, the most useful way of being able to understand the relationships and relevance of the listed elements is to play around with them, re-arrange them, add new ones, and take away others. Feel free to print off the pages, cut out the cards and play around with them.
I’d love to hear what you come with up!

11 thoughts on “The Elements of Design Thinking Trading Cards

  1. It would be possible for you to make a short description of each element giving an example of each card in any context. Or the card are just for philosphical discussions?
    Thank you

    1. Hi There, I am working on developing those definitions/descriptions. I think it will give the Elements much more context and substance and will happily post as they get developed. In the meantime, I would suggest writing down definitions on the back of the cards and sharing if you’re feeling up for it…that’s what I’m hoping to do.

    1. Thanks so much 🙂 I’m glad to hear this is helpful for your work and I also welcome any feedback on the use of these materials/concepts in the classroom as I hope to continue prototyping these tools!

  2. great idea. I have been redesigning our existing brand for the design college I work at, and one of my ideas for our logo was based on the periodic table. As designers we work with elements of design on a daily basis so it just made sense to me. Design thinking is a big part of what we teach and the trading cards have a fantastic potential to educate in a very positive way. Reminds me of of Kevin Finn’s What you are developing has great potential as a learning tool and a creative thinking tool. They could also be used in a similar fashion to Eno’s Oblique Strategies cards. Would love to talk more if you are interested.
    cheers d

  3. I think you’ve got a potential product here and your audience / market includes not only designers but individuals such as myself, a Certified Professional Facilitator. Have you created these cards and cut a deck (pun intended)?

    I’m thinking of related products such as those crafted by IDEO as well as a product where images were used to simulate lateral thinking while problem-solving. When you have your prototype ready, do contact me and I promise to experiment with such cards in my “lab.” (see as well as http://www.John.Lesko.Biz for my background).

    Good luck!

  4. Thanks so much for these last two comments.

    I hope to get another iteration of the cards and periodic table very soon and would love to hear your thoughts when they do. It would be great to see the cards cut into a real deck one day! I’ve also dropped you both an email.


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