Yet another cardset? This one is better!

By June 28, 2011 July 13th, 2013 Blog
image of the second prototype of UX cards (

image of the second prototype of UX cards (

During the Chi-Sparks conference, I got in touch with Frederick Van Amstel, a Brazilian Phd who has just started at the Twente University. In Brazil, he started a project together with colleagues that intents to result in the first Portuguese UX card set; Brazilian people in general are not well English spoken. However, the cardset has a number of very unique features included that I was very enthusiastic about when Frederick gave a demo at Chi-Sparks:

  1. The UX Cards are divided in three categories: methods, deliverables and supplements;
  2. Cards can be connected to each other (top is input, bottom is output);
  3. A QR code leads to the website;
  4. The cards are made of PVC material, so that people can write and easily erase text with a whiteboard marker;
  5. There are blank cards so that people can easily add methods, deliverables and supplements (‘you cannot anticipate on every possible situation and want to give user control as well’)

Some possible future additions:

  1. Color coding
  2. Explanatory Images
  3. Taking a photo of connected UX cards with all QR codes on top, a webpage can be loaded that automatically results in a personal method timeline

More information about this UX card set can be found at, where Frederick says: “I showed UX Cards to some colleagues who give lessons in the course of Industrial Design at the University Twente and here they found it so interesting that they were willing to apply the next class which starts in September. Commented that when the methods are focused on UX for them but that would be more useful if it had methods of design in other areas.” The project is a work in progress and that all information is in Portuguese, but Google Translate is a very helpful friend. Below, a video (in Portuguese) that shows some of the interaction elements that the team built into the card set.

PS. This project is unrelated to my graduation project but I thought it was worth sharing 😉 I hope they will develop an English version as well!

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