I do a lot workshops, so I’m always on the lookout for facilitation methods and design games that work. There's loads of great places to find inspiration. See a list of my go-to sources below. Trusted and well-proven tools easily become favourites. Just as often I find myself adapting a tool or creating a new one to help solve the problem de jour.
To help keep track of all this, I've created a repository of my own, right here: jonnyschneider.com/methods
You'll find a categorised reference-list of tools, with links to more information. Where it's one of my tools, there's a more detailed write-up. Like this one, on Customer Archetype Mapping - a method I use a lot, especially when doing a redesign.
Here's a short-list of the best places I've found for finding workshop methods:
- Gamestorming: Toolkit for innovators, rulebreakers and changemakers.
It's also a book by the marvellous Dave Gray with Suni Brown and James Macanufo.
Service Design Tools
An open platform of knowledge, for the design research community. Started by Roberta Tassi.
Universal Methods of Design: 100 Ways to Research Complex Problems, Develop Innovative Ideas, and Design Effective Solutions.
Long title. Great book.
If you’re really blocked, or just want something different, try this. It’s a collection of aphorisms to help you think laterally by artist Brian Eno.