ACTIVITY CARDS

A DECK OF CARDS DESIGNED TO ENABLE SYSTEMS THINKING AND EXPLORE THE DESIGN PROCESS IN JOURNALIC PRACTICES

Under the direction of Journalism+Design’s design lead, I created an organizational system for the cards, all of which fall into one of the following card types: Process, Constraint, and Reference. Each card type is allocated a color on its back-facing side.

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Process cards prompt users to address Journalism+Design’s design process in their work. Each Process card is assigned a sub-category which refers to the different stages of the design process: Research, Report, Synthesize, Make, Get Feedback, Refine, and Reflect. Each sub-category is allocated a color on its front-facing side.

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Constraint cards place challenges and limitations on storytelling. These cards confront the user with the following question: What is essential to the story?

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Reference cards provide explanations of various design principles and systems thinking as well as how to apply them to the process of storytelling.

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Scalability was a huge factor that was considered in the layout of the card deck. To address this consideration, the deck of cards was laid out on standard letter-sized paper. Individuals who want to incorporate design thinking into their storytelling projects can easily download and print the deck from Journalism+Design’s resources page.

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Download J+D Activity Card deck here.