Ideo Method Cards

5 Jul 2004 - 3:31pm
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Audrey Carr
2004

Has anyone ever used Ideo Method Cards and found them useful? Under
what circumstances? If not, have you used anything similar?

http://www.ideo.com/case_studies/methoddeck/MethodDeck/index.html

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6 Jul 2004 - 9:26am
Becubed
2004

> Has anyone ever used Ideo Method Cards and found them useful? Under
> what circumstances? If not, have you used anything similar?

I bought a set of IDEO's Method Cards for our team last year. I can't
say we've actually *used* them for anything: they don't go into enough
depth to be overly practical; they're not educational. My impression is
they're primarily a novel format for illustrating the breadth of
exercises, tools, and approaches that a design team could bring to a
project.

Certainly, there are some good ideas in the deck of cards -- and some
great names. Gotta love "bodystorming".

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6 Jul 2004 - 12:06pm
drewbam
2004

I own a copy of Roger Von Oech's, _Creative_Whack_Pack_, and, while
they are much more general in content, I find that the cards can be an
entertaining way to jolt myself out of a thought rut:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0880793589/102-8307357-3663356?v=glance

As far as the IDEO cards are concerned, my cynical (and perhaps
competitive) side suspects that they are more of a marketing piece for
IDEO's consulting services than a serious design process tool. Read
any book on human-centered design, and you will be introduced to the
same concepts in greater detail. That said, they may look good next to
the Eames cards on your coffee table.

d|b

Drew Bamford
Interaction Design Manager
TEAGUE

On Tue, 6 Jul 2004 10:26:43 -0400, Robert Barlow-Busch
<rbarlowbusch at quarry.com> wrote:
> > Has anyone ever used Ideo Method Cards and found them useful? Under
> > what circumstances? If not, have you used anything similar?
>
> I bought a set of IDEO's Method Cards for our team last year. I can't
> say we've actually *used* them for anything: they don't go into enough
> depth to be overly practical; they're not educational. My impression is
> they're primarily a novel format for illustrating the breadth of
> exercises, tools, and approaches that a design team could bring to a
> project.
>
> Certainly, there are some good ideas in the deck of cards -- and some
> great names. Gotta love "bodystorming".
>
> --
> Robert Barlow-Busch
> Interaction Design Group
> Quarry Integrated Communications Inc.
> rbarlowbusch at quarry.com
> (519) 570-2020
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6 Jul 2004 - 5:35pm
hans samuelson
2003

No method card system is likely to go into enough detail to qualify as
a real methodology. Some are fun marketing tools, others are
creative-block surmounting devices, but (almost by definition) a system
based on cards is unlikely to be rigorous! Design poker, anyone?

But on the creative block front, don't forget about the Oblique
Strategies, a little pricey but available at
http://www.enoshop.co.uk

These are entirely non-rigorous, but suggestive nonetheless.

Quote from the web site:

"In 1975, Peter Schmidt and Brian Eno created the original pack of
Oblique Strategies cards, through thinking about approaches to their
own work as artist and musician.

The Oblique Strategies constitute a set of over 100 cards, each of
which is a suggestion of a course of action or thinking to assist in
creative situations."

Happy oblique strategizing,
Hans Samuelson
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6 Jul 2004 - 8:02pm
yamamoto
2004

I got IDEO Method Cards, because it looks nice!
Going through all cards, it seems a catalogue of techniques to you
design modern products for me.

By the way, I used "Roger von Oech's Creative Whack Pack" several times
by myself.
It will give you some idea to create new ideas.

On 2004/07/06, at 23:26, Robert Barlow-Busch wrote:

>> Has anyone ever used Ideo Method Cards and found them useful? Under
>> what circumstances? If not, have you used anything similar?
>
> I bought a set of IDEO's Method Cards for our team last year. I can't
> say we've actually *used* them for anything: they don't go into enough
> depth to be overly practical; they're not educational. My impression
> is they're primarily a novel format for illustrating the breadth of
> exercises, tools, and approaches that a design team could bring to a
> project.
>
> Certainly, there are some good ideas in the deck of cards -- and some
> great names. Gotta love "bodystorming".
>
> --
> Robert Barlow-Busch
> Interaction Design Group
> Quarry Integrated Communications Inc.
> rbarlowbusch at quarry.com
> (519) 570-2020
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6 Jul 2004 - 1:53pm
CD Evans
2004

I'm working on a set of similar cards myself.. which should be ready for final
design in the upcoming months.. but.. I'd be more than happy to share the project
with others.. especially if it means they actually get made!

The set I'm working on has to do with design process and giving developers and
others a chance to quickly 'play out' a hand of design solutions before finding
out which works best.

At this point it's all on my other machine.. but I'd be happy to make it an open
source project and see if we can get something like this actually in peoples minds..

let me know if you are interested.. it could even be an interactiondesigners.com
project.. anyway let me know.

CD Evans

On Tue, 6 Jul 2004 10:26 , Robert Barlow-Busch <rbarlowbusch at quarry.com> sent:

>> Has anyone ever used Ideo Method Cards and found them useful? Under
>> what circumstances? If not, have you used anything similar?
>
>I bought a set of IDEO's Method Cards for our team last year. I can't
>say we've actually *used* them for anything: they don't go into enough
>depth to be overly practical; they're not educational. My impression is
>they're primarily a novel format for illustrating the breadth of
>exercises, tools, and approaches that a design team could bring to a
>project.
>
>Certainly, there are some good ideas in the deck of cards -- and some
>great names. Gotta love "bodystorming".
>
>--
>Robert Barlow-Busch
>Interaction Design Group
>Quarry Integrated Communications Inc.
>rbarlowbusch at quarry.com
>(519) 570-2020
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7 Jul 2004 - 7:10am
Per Sökjer
2004

http://curvedspace.org/software/oblique.html

If you're into mac there's an app called Oblique Strategies which is
based entirely on the original Eno pack. Rather useful in times of
designer's block. :-)

Regards
:Per Sökjer

2004-07-06 kl. 11.53 skrev <cd at infostyling.com>:

>
>
> I'm working on a set of similar cards myself.. which should be ready
> for final
> design in the upcoming months.. but.. I'd be more than happy to share
> the project
> with others.. especially if it means they actually get made!
>
> The set I'm working on has to do with design process and giving
> developers and
> others a chance to quickly 'play out' a hand of design solutions
> before finding
> out which works best.
>
> At this point it's all on my other machine.. but I'd be happy to make
> it an open
> source project and see if we can get something like this actually in
> peoples minds..
>
> let me know if you are interested.. it could even be an
> interactiondesigners.com
> project.. anyway let me know.
>
> CD Evans
>
>
>
> On Tue, 6 Jul 2004 10:26 , Robert Barlow-Busch
> <rbarlowbusch at quarry.com> sent:
>
>>> Has anyone ever used Ideo Method Cards and found them useful? Under
>>> what circumstances? If not, have you used anything similar?
>>
>> I bought a set of IDEO's Method Cards for our team last year. I can't
>> say we've actually *used* them for anything: they don't go into enough
>> depth to be overly practical; they're not educational. My impression
>> is
>> they're primarily a novel format for illustrating the breadth of
>> exercises, tools, and approaches that a design team could bring to a
>> project.
>>
>> Certainly, there are some good ideas in the deck of cards -- and some
>> great names. Gotta love "bodystorming".
>>
>> --
>> Robert Barlow-Busch
>> Interaction Design Group
>> Quarry Integrated Communications Inc.
>> rbarlowbusch at quarry.com
>> (519) 570-2020
>>
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2 Dec 2008 - 10:05am
Ali Naqvi
2008

So have any of you tried these cards? What do you guys think?
I came across the cards while reading an article.... Would you guys invest
in them?

--
"A man can be valued through his sayings".
Imam Ali(as)

2 Dec 2008 - 10:25am
Jack L. Moffett
2005

On Dec 2, 2008, at 10:05 AM, ali at amroha.dk wrote:

> So have any of you tried these cards? What do you guys think?
> I came across the cards while reading an article.... Would you guys
> invest
> in them?

I purchased them specifically for use in a class I was teaching. They
served well for my purposes, which was to introduce my students to a
wide range of methods for usability evaluation, idea generation, and
so forth. The real benefit of this particular item is the form factor.
As opposed to a book, these are designed to be utilized in a group
activity in which everyone is open to new approaches. If you are
looking for inspiration to improve your work process or to introduce
new methods for innovative thinking in your company, I think they are
worth having a look at.

Best,
Jack

Jack L. Moffett
Interaction Designer
inmedius
412.459.0310 x219
http://www.inmedius.com

The details are not the details.
They make the design.

-Charles Eames

2 Dec 2008 - 11:00am
Séamus T. Byrne
2010

If you are new to IxD the cards provide an extensive yet
easy-to-absorb summary of methods and tools that are available to
assist designers throughout the design process. They have lovely
coffee-table-quality graphic design!

I can see them working well in a classroom setting but unless you
have a specific purpose in mind for them they may well just sit on
the shelve gathering dust as happened in my office.

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2 Dec 2008 - 11:54am
Jens Meiert
2004

> So have any of you tried these cards? What do you guys think?

Even though I didn't take a look at them for months now, they are
quite useful, and they do mean some inspiration.

As a side note, (at least, sure) two articles have been inspired by
IDEO's method cards:

* <http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/09/10/20-alternate-ways-to-focus-on-users/>
* <http://meiert.com/en/blog/20070910/7-additional-ways-to-focus-on-users/>

--
Jens Meiert
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3 Dec 2008 - 6:21am
Anonymous

I use them regularly, not so much to actually take and use the
specific activity that is on the card, but almost as a brainstorm
exercise to begin thinking about approaching codesign or
collaboration aspects of a project.

I often find myself asking or working out what the best methods will
be for sharing and learning and codesigning with users (in a
particular instance). It is that bit where you are working out the
questions you want to ask of the users and the situation, and you
also sort of at the same time work out the methods you want to use
(to ask that question). I use the cards like brainstorm material for
that conversation, and for teaching others different approaches to
working with users/stakeholders.

e.g three of us will sit down to plan out some user workshops or
evaluation sessions and I get everyone to grab some of the cards and
pull out the ones that they think have something valuable or
interesting to offer the questions we are trying to ask. Often we end
up evolving specific sessions and methods shaped to those users and
that project, but I have found the cards are an excellent brainstorm
start point for designing user research and codesign sessions.

Best,
Penny

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4 Dec 2008 - 12:33am
lachica
2006

I've used them in brainstorming exercises and they've been helpful. I also
just downloaded the Oblique Strategies iPhone app (from Brian Eno's original
card deck) and will probably try some of those in idea generation in the
future.

best,
Julie

On Tue, Dec 2, 2008 at 9:05 AM, <ali at amroha.dk> wrote:

> So have any of you tried these cards? What do you guys think?
> I came across the cards while reading an article.... Would you guys invest
> in them?
>
> --
> "A man can be valued through his sayings".
> Imam Ali(as)
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