The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation is pleased to announce the launch of the Design Card Decks for Ideation and Exploration Web Archive, curated by librarians at the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University. Card decks are used in design fields as a game-based methodology for ideation and stakeholder participatory collaboration. The purposes of decks vary; some are used for brainstorming new products and services while others are scenario-based, prompting designers to consider how their products or services may be incorporated into different communities. They function both as a tool for design speculation and as a set of illustrations that visualize design thinking. This archive preserves websites associated with these decks; as design thinking becomes popular in many disciplines, from business to science, the potential user groups for these tools greatly expands outside traditional design fields.
Web archives preserve vulnerable information that may disappear from the live web and capture the ways in which selected websites have evolved over time. The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation’s Web Collecting Program is a collaborative collection development effort to build curated, thematic collections of freely available, but at-risk, web content in order to support research. Learn more about the program or explore the collections here.