A resource to facilitate the exploration of design opportunities in the sharing economy context




Sharing economy services have become increasingly popular. 
In addition to various well-known for-profit activities in this space (ride and apartment sharing), many community groups and non-profit organizations offer collections of shared things (books, tools) that explicitly aim to benefit local communities.

We expect that both non-profit and for-profit approaches in the sharing economy will see increased use in the future. To support designers in devising new sharing economy services, we developed a design toolkit in the form of this web resource and a corresponding design methodology to explore the use of the cards in collaborative workshops.

What are the cards about?

The card deck was developed through a systematic literature review of digital and physical sharing practices (online sharing vs. sharing in real life). It sets the foundation to answer the set of core questions that allow one to create comprehensive design concepts in the sharing economy using five different themes: Content, Audience, Motivations, Privacy & Trust, and User Experience. Each card comprises a design goal, a call to action, background information, a thematic contextualization, and an illustrative example.