Design Principles Card Deck

The DPD Project Design Principles Card Deck is a free downloadable open educational resource to assist with badge system design and analysis.

To use the card deck for system design, start with your system’s context in mind, and try to find compatible principles that serve your needs. Make sure to look across all four categories and consider how the different principles will connect in your project.

The DPD Card Deck is a free educational resource for badge system design and analysis

Download the card deck in printable PDF format.

We have also created a worksheet that aims to help you define your context and goals. Then, you can find the cards that fit best with that mission.

DPD Card Deck Design Worksheet (PDF)

Download the Card Deck Handout

3 comments on “Design Principles Card Deck
  1. thanks for sharing these resources, I will use them to review the badge design incoporated in this course

  2. Nerijus says:

    Hi, we are grateful for this resources. We keep using to help organisations to design and evaluate their badge systems.

    We would like to contribute to the translation of these cards in different languages. Would it be possible to get the editable version of files.

    We would be glad sharing translations with the community.


  3. Great principles on these cards. Discovered them at #badgeBC conference at #KPU in feb 2017.

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