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!