An increasing number of designers are turning to gamification to help share knowledge and inspire new ways of thinking. We explore 5 tools that are making design learning fun.

1. GOM

GOM (Geometric Object Model) is an educational tool developed by Turkish designer Gizem Aytaç that teaches children math, design and art skills. Produced sustainably, the tool consists of organic paper modules that can be used to design and construct an infinite number of 3D forms. With its modular structure, GOM not only improves children’s creativity and design perception, but also supports their fine motor skills, three-dimensional thinking and teamwork capacity. 

2. A Designer’s Critical Alphabet

Developed by design educator Lesley-Ann Noel, this deck of cards aims to introduce designers and design students to critical theory and to help them reflect on their design process. Each card introduces a theory under one letter of the alphabet, before sharing a question or comment to help make a connection to the theory and design practice.

3. Play Rethink 

Play Rethink is a unique brainstorming method that uses play to engage participants by inviting them to rethink everyday objects. A game based around drawing, players pick a card and must design a more eco-friendly version of a product. Since its launch in 2007, the game has supported the creative potential in both individuals and teams around the world while encouraging sustainable collaboration.

4. IDEO Method Cards 

IDEO’s Method Cards are a tool to showcase methods we use to inspire great design and keep people at the center of our design process. Each of the 51 cards describes one method and includes a brief story about how and when to use it. Developed as a design tool, the tool helps designers explore new approaches and gain new perspectives.

5. Game Changer Game

Developed by UnSchool online learning platform, the Game Changer Game is a fun creative problem solving game that can be played in small to large groups. The game was designed to help generate unique, game-changing communication and campaign ideas that can creatively address social and environmental issues across educational and professional settings.

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