Quick Voting is a tool used by designers to rapidly get the majority’s view. Designers use Post-it or a marker such as a Dot to select the ideas they like or see value. This process allows every member to have an equal say in choosing from the listed ideas.


1.START: State the selected “How Might We” statement or a sub-focus area of it.

2.IDENTIFY: Based on your HMW statement or the focus of what you are interested in, define the criteria and select the suitable participants.

3.PREPARE: Organize a meeting with the selected participants, and prepare the results of the idea generation by printing out the full list of ideas in cards or Post-its (visual way). Gather the necessary resources and supplies. Think about what expectations will be set up-front, how you will start and end the workshop, and how much time participants are expected to dedicate to this activity.

4.CONDUCT: Use all the collected ideas, categorize them and display them on a table of wall. Now is time to narrow them down by selecting the most valuable ideas/solutions. This is done by each participant voting with a Dot. Each participant receives 3-4 votes to use.

5.REPORT: Calculate the votes and the ideas with most points are taken further in the design process. Discuss the results and write up the key outcomes from this exercise.

PREPARATION: up to 15 minutes
DURATION: 30 minutes
FACILITATORS: 1 per workshop
RESOURCES: Ideas in cards/Post-it, Pens, Post-its, Dot stickers, large sheet of paper or whiteboard
PARTICIPANTS: Up to 30 per group, design team, partners, community members
EXPECTED OUTCOME: Filtering ideas