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Danish Design Centre’s Innovation Tools

Here you find a selection of the Danish Design Centre’s commonly used tools. It includes information about the methods, instructions for tool use, and printable materials.
The tools are divided in three categories that are used at different stages in the design process - and often in this order: Explore, Co-create, and Give the future concrete form.
Explore helps the participants to open up and get around all aspects of the issue. Co-create contains tools that help participants get in-depth with the problem, and Give the future concrete form provides the framework for creating a more concrete product - often based on knowledge and experience collected by using the Explore and Co-create tools.

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Inclusion Toolkit

The toolkit includes 5 methods for designing a more inclusive lab. The toolkit begins by guiding users through basic user observation, identification, and categorization processes (observation, interviews,
and personas). It then moves into problem definition and stakeholder prioritization, and finally defines a concrete suggestion for increased
diverse stakeholder governance. It includes templates and examples for each method.

Discipline or Practice


Open Government

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Living Futures: Scenario Kit

Living Futures: Scenario Kit is a design tool for understanding, discussing, and shaping the future. It consists of four alternative versions of year 2050 explored through narrated stories from future citizens, themed analyses, and other media files, as well as a set of design tools that puts the scenarios to work. The kit can be used to future proof business models, develop new strategy, and understand and discuss important trends and developments in the present.

The kit is flexible and can be useful in these situations:
1) Identify new opportunities - Discovering and mapping new ways forward, developing new concepts and ideas for strategies, products, or services
2) Wind tunnel ideas - Testing hypotheses about the future like strategies or business models
3) Discuss the future - Kickstarting fruitful discussions in a team or with diverse groups of stakeholders

Discipline or Practice

Futures and Foresight

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The DIN model

The DIN model is a methodology for developing solutions using a design-driven approach with the goals of achieving better and more innovative processes and outcomes, increasing probability of implementation, and improving user satisfaction. The model helps explore all the potential pitfalls, possibilities and limitations, particularly in the "front end" or early stage of projects. The DIN model consists of a series of phases and four ‘gates’. Each phase contains a variety of activities and questions, which varies depending on the kind of problem or what ambitions you have for your solution. The DIN model does not give answers but ask the relevant questions. Upon completing a set of activities, toolkit users enter the gate to a new phase, working through processes of research and analysis, concept development, testing, implementation and the roll-out of ideas to others. This resource is intended for those with some experience with design-driven approaches; otherwise, it suggests involving a design firm. The model is based on insights from more than 80 innovation and user-driven projects in which Danish Design Centre and/or Mindlab were involved. The Appendix includes several tools based on the methodology.

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Platform-way-of-working toolkit

This toolkit allows organisations to change their mindset and move from a project-oriented approach towards a platform-way-of-working that is designed to tackle complex problems. The toolkit was developed and tested by the Danish Design Centre in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and 40+ country offices. The toolkit consists of several mapping exercises. After using the integrated Mission Statement Generator to create an ambitious yet realistic mission statement, organisations explore their ecosystem by identifying actor clusters. The organizations then explore and understand the interactions between the different clusters by organising them into a value system map. Finally, by mapping out the organisation, organisations define relevant channels and touchpoints within their ecosystem. In addition to the toolkit itself, video tutorials for leaders and country case studies are also included.

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Virtual circular design course: Tool guide

This toolkit offers a starting point and a framework for uncovering circular potentials and barriers and to potentially identify new circular business models. The tools in this toolkit focus specifically on mapping a company's circular potentials in the value chain it operates within. And it gives priority to understanding, framing and re-fining the value businesses create in the value chain, exploring the interaction with both customers, collaborators and influential stakeholders. The toolkit includes a Circular Business Model Map, a guide on how to use it, as well as video guidance on how to use the method.

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Remodel – A toolkit for open source business models

The REMODEL toolkit is targeted at companies producing products and is focused on developing economically sustainable business models through the principle of open source. While the toolkit is private-sector-oriented, some of the co-creation principles and methods can also apply to some areas of the public sector. The toolkit was published based on the experience of REMODEL with 8 Danish companies in 2018. The toolkit consists of 7 work packages and each part has a step-by-step instruction and a video tutorial as well as examples of how to work with each exercise. Using the tool, teams of 2-4 people work through the materials at their own pace and autonomously from their own locations. Each package takes approximately 4 hours to complete. Because of the introductory videos and the written guides, there is little need for a trained instructor or any previous experience with open source or design methods. The REMODEL editable source files are available via Github for download and remixing.