Whatever the challenge, you can find the right tools for it at these great resources.

Public Design Vault

This fabulous resource is a collection of 500+ design tools and resources for public good. As per its creator, it has been curated with the goal of being an "all-in-one, a full-stop one-stop, a mother list of lists, a singularity for the plethora of toolkits and resources that are available on the vast internet".

The tools and resources are divided into topics as well as their possible use in various phases of any project. It's a great place to start!

Design Kit

A collection of tools that have been developed and curated over the years by IDEO.  Focused on human centered design and categorized by the various phases of any project.

If you're looking for step by step methods and tools with difficulty levels and requirements clearly marked, this is a great place to start

Inclusive Design

Exclusion happens when we solve problems without considering our own biases. Microsoft's Inclusive Design toolkit seeks to prevent that and create more inclusive digital concepts.

Check out their videos for inspiration on why inclusive design matters while their downloadable toolkit has some useful activities. These tools may be from a digital context but they're certainly applicable at a broader level too.


Circular Design Guide

This guide by IDEO and the Ellen Macarthur foundation focuses on methods and resources on how to design for the circular economy, when tackling issues dealing with our world's finite resources. Check out the mindsets and stories tabs for inspiration.

Their methods, worksheets and videos are very useful as well when developing a truly sustainable concept.

Designing for Services

This resource by the Design Council UK, provides a great introduction to service design as a process and also provides some tools for every step of it.

It can be really tricky finding this tool kit on the Design Council website but don't worry, we've linked you directly to the file that you can download.

"This is Design Thinking"

Whether you're looking for inspiring books, great podcasts, in depth online courses or even just online videos to learn from, you'll find some of the best here. This extensive collections is carefully curated by HPI’s Design Thinking Research Program and some of their partners.

They also have a great collection of inspiring case studies. The only downside to the site is that it is so rich with information that it can take quite some time to go through it all.

"Tools for Taking Action"

Stanford's d.school has put together a collection of activities, tools and how-to's that can be used as a starting point to tackle any challenge. 

Their audio guided tools around Getting Unstuck and The Inspiration Walk are quite creative, while the 90 min virtual crash course can be a fun exercise to do. It can be tricky to find everything on the page, but it's worth exploring.

Collective Action Toolkit

Frog Design's toolkit was created based on extensive fieldwork with the goal of making design thinking tools accessible to local change agents who are looking to transform local communities (so just like you rebels!)

Only downside, you'll have to fill out a form to get the toolkit in a downloadable PDF format, but it's worth looking at.


A curated collection of best practices, stories, and insights from the world’s top design leaders. The "Design Thinking Handbook" would be the starting point for most Rebels.

If you want to read case studies or learn via both audio and videos from industry leaders this is a great place to start, particularly the Design Thinking section.

Design Management Tools

This collection is focused on design management and the tools are organized by key design activities.

The goal of this tool kit is to encourage customer focus, promote creativity & encourage informed decision making.

Each tool has its own page and there are even some tools around working together in teams.

Hyper Island Toolbox

Hyper Island has put together this toolbox to enable people to not just do things more creatively but to do them more collaboratively as well. To go with the tasks that are driving innovation, you also have tasks that focus on team work, self leadership and more.

Be sure to check out the fun type of tools marked as "energizers" that can help get your team going.

Open Innovation Toolkit

A collection of workshops and methods that support open source practitioners to build better ideas and products by incorporating a human centered perspective.

While the tools have a digital/UX flavor to them, they can be adapted to most design tasks. They're very well organized, detailed, easy to follow and most importantly, reflect some of the best practices in industry. 

Design Library

A collection of design tools covering every aspect of a design process all the way from ethnography and research to ideation and synthesis.

The only downside, all the resources are fairly lengthy pdf presentations so they can take a while to go through. However, some of them are unique and worth exploring, particularly the one on Presenting.

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