Design Tool Development

I am taking a freshman class focused on design methods, such as research, mapping and prototyping. To make it for graduate I have to go above and beyond what the normal requirements are. My professor has requested that I use the tools we’re learning to work on a project for the class. The project my professor and I came up with is to develop a new design tool.

It’s an exciting project for me because it will give me an excusable reason to dig into all the design stuff in the midst of being slammed with all my other work. I’ve already read TISDT and Exposing the Magic of Design, I’ve been documenting the steps in all the other projects I’m working on, and I’m talking with people about what they do. However, I’m still trying to figure out what constitutes a design tool.

On one hand it could be a physical object like a whiteboard, or it could be a mobile app like Evernote. Then again, my first thoughts were a process tool like a brainstorm or a cultural probe. At this point I can only assume they both fall under the title and the research will help me flesh out my resultant prototypes.

So far I’ve really only run through a list of the tools I’ve come across. It still needs a lot of work, but it’s a step in the right direction.