Design with Intent

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Method Overview

Design with Intent is a toolkit card deck and worksheet set, designed for a team of practitioners to approach design and research through intentional exploration of people’s behavior across digital and physical spaces and objects (Design with Intent, 2022) .

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Method Intentions:

You will need:

Materials: Card deck

Participants: A team of 1-40 people

Steps: (Lockton, 1970):

  1. Lay out all the cards, grouped by lens (or each of the worksheets)
  2. Go through each lens identifying whether the questions inspire any concepts for addressing your problem
  3. A group discussion can unify, organize, and refine the ideas. 
  4. As a group analyze existing examples by using patterns to draw out some behavior-influencing principles behind products, services, or environments you are familiar with
  5. Pick two random patterns and think about the possibilities of applying the ideas to your problem, both individually and together.

*idea: you can put a card up in your work space weekly as a conversation starter

Further Reading

  1. Polya, G. (1945). PDF. Princeton University Press.
  2. ‘The Design with Intent Method: a design tool for influencing user behaviour’. Applied Ergonomics Vol.41 No.3, pp. 382-392, May 2010,
  3. Lockton, D. (1970, August 4). Design with intent. Retrieved January 28, 2022, from


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