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This framework from Design Thinking for Libraries describes the fundamental process, and in the toolkit you’ll find tips to work through each phase. In this supplementary Tools section we offer some additional resources to inspire you.

 

GETTING STARTED

 
 
 Explore the Knight Foundation’s work on understanding Innovation in Libraries, and take their assessment quiz to see if you are ready for an innovation project.

Explore the Knight Foundation’s work on understanding Innovation in Libraries, and take their assessment quiz to see if you are ready for an innovation project.

 The  Stanford d.school  has developed an activity that takes you through the Design Thinking process in an hour. It can help to experience the process before you begin.

The Stanford d.school has developed an activity that takes you through the Design Thinking process in an hour. It can help to experience the process before you begin.

 We curated a reading list with sources to explore a variety of points of view around Design Thinking, Human Centered Design, Service Design, and Innovation.

We curated a reading list with sources to explore a variety of points of view around Design Thinking, Human Centered Design, Service Design, and Innovation.

 
 Explore the toolkit and frameworks co-created by Richland Public Library and  Margaret Sullivan Studio . They also designed  these charming zines  to illustrate their process.

Explore the toolkit and frameworks co-created by Richland Public Library and Margaret Sullivan Studio. They also designed these charming zines to illustrate their process.

 
 

INSPIRATION

 
 
 The process of defining your design project can be the most challenging step. In addition to our Activities workbook, the  Design Kit  has some helpful advice.

The process of defining your design project can be the most challenging step. In addition to our Activities workbook, the Design Kit has some helpful advice.

 
 In this tutorial you can learn about what analogous inspiration is and how to plan and conduct this kind of research on your Design Thinking project.

In this tutorial you can learn about what analogous inspiration is and how to plan and conduct this kind of research on your Design Thinking project.

 Listen in as design researcher,  Julka Almquist , interviews a patron about the printing system in a library. There is also an introduction to the interview and a debrief.

Listen in as design researcher, Julka Almquist, interviews a patron about the printing system in a library. There is also an introduction to the interview and a debrief.

 
 See an example of how to get your team inspired for a Design Thinking project (or in general). Designer and researcher,  Julka Almquist , led a group of librarian on an inspiration tour for the Next Library Berlin conference.

See an example of how to get your team inspired for a Design Thinking project (or in general). Designer and researcher, Julka Almquist, led a group of librarian on an inspiration tour for the Next Library Berlin conference.

 
 

IDEATION

 
 
 There is a lot of uncertainty in a Design Thinking process which can feel uncomfortable when you first start. This video from  IDEO.org  explains the value of ambiguity.

There is a lot of uncertainty in a Design Thinking process which can feel uncomfortable when you first start. This video from IDEO.org explains the value of ambiguity.

 Journey Mapping a useful tool in the Design Thinking process as a way to move from ideas in the inspiration phase to developing concrete design ideas.  Here  you can read an example of it’s application in Brazilian Libraries.

Journey Mapping a useful tool in the Design Thinking process as a way to move from ideas in the inspiration phase to developing concrete design ideas. Here you can read an example of it’s application in Brazilian Libraries.

 Watch a team of  IDEO  designers conduct a brainstorm to help model what the process will be like. See how they set up the brainstorm and explore wild ideas.

Watch a team of IDEO designers conduct a brainstorm to help model what the process will be like. See how they set up the brainstorm and explore wild ideas.

 See an example of how simple and useful prototyping can be. All you need is a great idea, and some materials that you already have around your library!

See an example of how simple and useful prototyping can be. All you need is a great idea, and some materials that you already have around your library!

 
 

ITERATION

 
 
 The d.school has created a useful guide to help you plan and test your prototypes. Prototyping can happen early in a project or it can be a larger scale pilot.

The d.school has created a useful guide to help you plan and test your prototypes. Prototyping can happen early in a project or it can be a larger scale pilot.

 Once you start sharing prototypes with library patrons, you’ll need to interview them to get feedback. The Activities Workbook has a helpful guide for this process.

Once you start sharing prototypes with library patrons, you’ll need to interview them to get feedback. The Activities Workbook has a helpful guide for this process.

 
 

GETTING TO SCALE

 
 
 A Design Thinking team from the Chicago Public Library created a video of their final project presentation. It provides an example of how to structure your story.

A Design Thinking team from the Chicago Public Library created a video of their final project presentation. It provides an example of how to structure your story.

 When you reach the end of a Design Thinking project, it is important to plan for the next stages. The Activities Workbook provides a helpful roadmapping exercise.

When you reach the end of a Design Thinking project, it is important to plan for the next stages. The Activities Workbook provides a helpful roadmapping exercise.