Design Libs is your go-to reference for how to write and use some of the most common design thinking exercises, practices, and methods.

Did you used to play Mad Libs as a kid?

If you've never played, Mad Libs is a phrasal template word game where one player prompts others for a list of words to substitute for blanks in a story, before reading the – often comical or nonsensical – story aloud. Thanks Wikipedia.

The idea for Design Libs started when I kept forgetting how to write out "how might we" or "job story" statements. I wished that I had a fill in the blank template, like Mad Libs, where I could just insert the right noun or adjective to complete the sentence.

After enough times Googling "How to write a user story", I decided to write all of these templates down in a Google doc. As I started to collect more templates, I thought that others might be able to benefit and contribute to this idea. Thus Design Libs was born.

If you have an idea for a Design Lib, please submit it here.

Design Lib is a project by Alexa Kaminsky in partnership with UX Collective.