CARDS IN ACTION

MethodKit is an analogue tool for meetings and workshops or individual idea development. Below is a few examples how the cards can be used in different settings. More examples can be found at the How to use page.

COLLABORATE AROUND A TABLE

Work together on mapping your project together. Writing in silence is good to start with. Get a big table and use a large roll of paper as a canvas to the cards. Use slightly thicker pens.

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Example: A team planning a new project together (with MethodKit for Projects). The overview that the group creates will later result in a project plan along with a grant application. What matters now is to get it all out on the table.

MAP IT ON A WALL

Work together to map your project on a wall. Use slightly thicker pens and post-its. The cards can be sticked to the wall using tack-it/blue-tack or scotch tape (that you fold double).

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Example: An urban planner and two architects use MethodKit for Cities in urban planning, to discuss how a new housing development would fit into the city as a whole.

GET OVERVIEW TOGETHER

Work together to map your project on a wall. Use slightly thicker pens and post-its. The cards can be sticked to the wall using tack-it/blue-tack or scotch tape (that you fold double).

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Example: A startup use MethodKit for Product Development to map and ideate around how a new feature of their product could function.

USE IN HACKATHONS

Work together to discuss and ideate around what ideas you want to build during the hackathon.

Example: A startup combine cards from MethodKit with Trends, Human Needs & Tech Building Blocks to come up with a new hardware device concepts to complement their existing app.

AS A DISCUSSION TOOL

When you start working with a new project there is a immense need to talk about how you should do it. In this case the cards provide a framework to have good conversations of what you need to get done. 

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Example: Three students use MethodKit for Projects to discuss a new project that they need to present in two weeks.

AS A THINKING TOOL

Some people work best in groups, some by themselves. The kit help you think and structure your thoughts. A bit like a mentor that keep everything in mind. It’s your task to decide what perspectives to listen to. 

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Example: Sitting at home, mapping a project. Spending most of the time thinking, but documenting some thoughts on the wall to not forget the most important parts.

AS AN INTERFACE

Use the cards as an interface. We made tools that have a easy to understand language without dumbing down the underlying concepts. We want people to sit at the table, take part, and feel comfortable in understanding and sharing ideas.

Example: Discussing all the aspects of refurbishing your kitchen. This together with the carpenter who is building and designing your new kitchen.

USE INTERNALLY

Use the kit to align colleagues, consultants and clients. Use it to create future visions and scenarios or as a research tool and checklist. How to run things? What are your priorities? Did you forget any important perspectives?

Example: A competence development session in a hospital talking about Public Health and how the hospital can become better at delivering quality care.

USE TO ASSESS & SELECT IDEAS

Use the kit to select, sort and assess ideas by sorting them based on different selection criteria.

Example: Using MethodKit with Selection Criteria to assess and sort ideas from a brainstorming session. The challenge in the session was on how to solve car congestion in a small city. The ideas (each on one post-it) were sorted based on price & impact. In this case most desirable ideas were the least pricey giving the most impact (lower right quadrant).

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What is MethodKit?

Learn more about MethodKit and the ideas behind it.

Explore How to use

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Design principles

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