Method Card Design Dimensions: A Survey of Card-Based Design Tools

  • Christiane Wölfel
  • Timothy Merritt
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8117)


There are many examples of cards used to assist or provide structure to the design process, yet there has not been a thorough articulation of the strengths and weaknesses of the various examples. We review eighteen card-based design tools in order to understand how they might benefit designers. The card-based tools are explained in terms of five design dimensions including the intended purpose and scope of use, duration of use, methodology, customization, and formal/material qualities. Our analysis suggests three design patterns or archetypes for existing card-based design method tools and highlights unexplored areas in the design space. The paper concludes with recommendations for the future development of card-based methods for the field of interaction design.


method cards creativity cards design methods design tools 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christiane Wölfel
    • 1
    • 2
  • Timothy Merritt
    • 3
  1. 1.University of MunichMunichGermany
  2. 2.Aarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark
  3. 3.Aarhus School of ArchitectureAarhusDenmark

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