Design Thinking as a way of co-innovating products and services is by now highly recognized in the business world. Many people talk about it, many companies apply it. Some critics even think the hype is already decreasing again. Nevertheless, at the Design and Co-Innovation Center of SAP we simply apply the methods of designers, their thinking, and a specific design-focused way of solving problems on a daily basis. We work with the user in mind providing a great user experience, rather than adding more and more features and functions. We strive to create new products that really make a difference for those who use them and we work hard to bring beauty to a part of the world where it’s is not yet recognized as a core value – to business!

On this journey, we often face the challenge to explain our design process to our customers. Many of them ask us, what does it mean to work in a user-centered way? How does it feel to start with a challenge that you do not know the solution to in the beginning?

To answer these questions without being too theoretical about it, we created a simple, yet colorful playing field that enables the facilitators in our team to walk customers through an idealized design process – the design thinking leporello.

The two facilitators with the nicest Movember moustaches explain what the leporello does.

Leporello from SAP UX Design Services on Vimeo.

For the design thinking leporello we took inspiration from many sources (eg. our recommendations on the right). As a result, the leporello is meant as a foldable contribution to the many methods and tools that are out there already.

After using and iterating on it for a while, we are happy to release it into the wild. You can now download all the necessary files here – and fold it for yourself!


It includes:

  • the leporello
  • supporting slides
  • … and of course: THE FOLDING INSTRUCTIONS!

We would love to hear your stories. What did you use the leporello for? What challenges did you work on? What didn’t work so well? What other objects could you fold out of it? Comment below or tweet us @SAP_designs

We are looking forward to hearing from you…

Keep foldin’, fellas!

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  • Anonym  7 years ago

    Thanks, great idea! Will me also grow a moustache when using this leporello 🙂

  • Anonym  6 years ago

    Love the idea and the foldable design! Can you please make available a download package that uses North American page sizes? Unfortunately, we don’t have A3 paper or printers readily available. I’d be happy to help…

    • Alessandro Sposato   6 years ago

      Hi Scott, I’m the designer that created the print files. We can definitely adapt to other formats but we’d need to know the sizes that would fit your pourposes. Otherwise you can try to select “Scale to fit” during the printing process. Just choose the paper size that is closest to A3 (29,7x42cm). Let me know if you need any further help, ciao, Alessandro

    • Anonym  6 years ago

      Thanks very much Alessandro – please see my comment below.

  • Anonym  6 years ago

    Hi Scott, we will make one and get back to you as soon as it is ready. Cheers, Moritz

    • Anonym  6 years ago

      Thanks very much! The most appropriate North American page size is probably 11 inches by 17 inches, so 27.94 cm by 43.18 cm – slightly narrower and slightly longer than A3. This is for use in NA university classrooms. Your help is much appreciated!

  • Anonym  6 years ago

    Hey guys,
    looks like a great idea – unfortunately can’t find the download link. The download button just links to the image of the button

    Is it me or is the link missing in the text? 🙂


    • Anonym  6 years ago

      Hi Vlad, sorry for the inconvenience. We had some trouble uploading a new file. It will be solved during the next hours. Cheers, Moritz

  • Anonym  6 years ago

    It’s now online! We solved the broken link issue. If you click on the button you will find the slides (ppt and pdf), the PDF of the DIN A3+ and the US tabloid format and the folding instructions. Have fun with it and keep us posted, what you did with it! Cheers, Moritz

  • Holger Maassen   3 years ago

    << this guy fell in love with the easy to handle, handy, foldable Leporello