Analysis of Toolbox Characteristics

Today I will analyse a selection of 7 currently used toolboxes, and try to see which elements I would like to keep, and which are missing or need to be improved for my project, the Inclusive Design toolbox.

To analyse how the different toolboxes would compare, I used an associative card sorting technique. Each toolbox is represented by a pink post-it, with its features attached in smaller post-its. On a big sheet, I connected similar features by lines.



Then, I copied the common elements, and some elements that I felt were unique or desirable for my toolbox, to new post-its. I arranged these arrow-shaped tabs so that little clusters of related concepts would form, this way there were 6 main concepts left. I see these 6 aspects and their sub-chapters as a wishlist for the toolbox I am developing:

  • Overview (images, few methods)
  • Credibility (TNO, literature)
  • General guidelines (ethics, recruiting participants, checklists)
  • Step-by-step (filtering, symbols, short routing)
  • Examples (personas, best practices)
  • IT-specific (Agile, Scrum, UX)


I compared the existing methods to this wish list, and found that in only three toolboxes, all the desired aspects of a toolbox are covered. Perhaps I can use the strengths of these toolboxes to get inspired for my own project:

  • Designing With People: Credibility, Examples, Guidelines, Overview
  • HCD Connect: Overview, Step-by-step
  • Verify: IT specific

If nothing else, I can use the framework developed here, to compare other toolboxes in the future.



Check out the Depository of Existing Design Toolboxes!

Please tell me what you think!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s