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Infographics

I’m a bit late with this update about my collateral value course reflection, but I just couldn’t find the time to write about it until now.

Friday, we had a guest lecture of a Russian infographer Max Gorbachevskiy. Infographics is a tool of communicating a lot of data visually. We use it in everyday life, like in traffic signs, or in newspapers. It’s important because if you don’t use the proper shapes you might be understood wrongly.

This was a course which was full of red stickers. This means very many people thought this lecture would be good for them in being a designer. I thought so too, even though I spended my red stickers on other topics… Infographics is an important tool for future presentations as being a designer. It is important for a designer to visual their ideas exactly. And it provides a nice presentation for your clients, and that they can see your vision of course. It was a nice additive to our course visual communication. I have never thought of a certain mix of emotion and information. 100% emotional visuals are advertisements. And 100% informational visuals are just numbers. It’s recomendable to use a lot of basics shapes in your presentations because those are emotional and for the easy loyal decision makers (your client). Or you could use methaphors in your visuals for a bit more real evidence look and for the bit more tough decision makers. And so on with explanations, real pictures and analytical designs. Your visuals could be static, animated or even interactive. It was for great help, because Max has shown some stuff which you have never even thought about so deeply. Like, there are three levels of creating such visuals: first collect your data, tranfer that in meaningfull information and turn those into a rich picture of your knowledge of the subject. He also gave some great inspirtation in ways of visualizing data.

The lecture was a bit lengthy, and some parts were getting boring and not really to the point. But it was quite fun to see that this person came to the HHS for this lecture and tried to be so enthousiastic with his difficulties in giving this presentation in English. He did a good job, but he had to sort out some things which were not so usefull to us. And he tried to involve us into his examples and stuff but because it was so lengthy it didn’t work quite well.

A great solution to this lengthy was to give us some more short termed breaks of 5 minutes instead of one of 15. In this way the whole class could be more active in the lecture. Maybe some pommodoro techniques…

I didn’t really learned a lot in those hours, but it sure was of great inspiration and a bit additive to our visual communication course.

Laturzzz.

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First day module 2

This was the day we started the second module of the Collateral Value class. We gained some new (old) students in class. They are second year students who decided to join the class. So, we had to put on our name tags again and start to get to know one and other. It’s incredible how many things you can get to know about a person in only 15 minutes. And not only by asking questions. Also his or her body language and their tone of speaking. Then we put together all those characteristics traits of everybody on the wall to look for similarities. Later on, we decided which course ideas we wanted to keep, which were rational to choose and which were fun. We had to do this in total silence for 25 minutes, a time of total focus. I think it’s a good way of spending some time in a course, because otherwise you won’t give your full attention to whatever in the course. Eventually we had to tag our name on those courses for which we want the full responsibillity with two other classmates. It was a bit of a race for which three persons were going to do which course.

It was a good day for collateral value. Things are getting more clear and more serious to have as a course. Attendency is important and keeping a diary of every week’s course is important for your grade at the end. I think it is good to be reflective on what you do, and why you have done it.

See ya next time.

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Last but not least

So, this is it, here we are: at my last blog about project community.

First I want to thank all my fans/followers who have been reading and commenting on my blog posts every week! And I want especially thank my mom for following my blogs as a true fan every week! Love you all!

OK, enough with the award-winning-speach.

This week’s blog post question is pretty hard: What is the one most important thing I have learned about using online communities and networks in innovative design?

Well, I have learned a lot! I really had no idea about certain topics which have been discussed this couple of weeks. I wasn’t such an active networker on the internet before this assignment. I had no clue what crowdsourcing and crowdfunding was and what online communities can mean for the world. I guess the most important thing I have learned about using online communities and networks in innovative design is that designers can use them in many many ways! As a designer, you don’t have to do it all by yourself. It isn’t even recommendable to do so! As a designer you have to be critical to your own ideas and open-minded to others. If you put your ideas, insights or even troubles you’re facing out in the open on the internet, people all over the world can help! All these different kind of people with different cultures with different insights on life and stuff can help you improve your idea! They can give great feedback or even invest or donate to your plan! In this way you can get the best out of your innovative idea! The more different insights, the more open-minded, the merrier! The world is getting smaller because of all these online communities and we are all working together to make the best out of the greatest innovative ideas! To make the world a better and more fun place to live on! It’s amazing! It really has opened my eyes to networking. I’m defenitely taking all this into count when I am going to design.

Our class is in a way just like this online networking. All these different cultures are put together in project groups and all these different ideas are flowing around in a offline way to all these different insights on life. I really enjoyed my project group! We really want to make the best out of our ideas! And our team work is the best! We flow around ideas, collect them, improving them, and working them out!

We were a group of 7 people and we have learned right away we had to divide our tasks to be done every course, to be as productive as we can be! We connected this experience with the new insights we have received of the Group sizes subject we have discussed in class. Me, personally, connected a lot of subjects of the classes to my own life in becoming an open innovator. Like I said before I’m going to use the open network for my own innovative design ideas. And after working on designing an advice for our NGO so they can foster their work, I can come up with some design principles for innovative design for online communities:

  • Simplicity,    as a designer you are simplifying the world and people want easy access to everything nowadays
  • Implementability,    you want that your ideas can come true for your client and you don’t want to give him false hopes. So your ideas need to be realistic.
  • Productivity,    a good design is productive, it will provide your time to be as productive as possible
  • Understand context,     as a designer you first have to understand the context of your assignment and collect more insights before you go and design out of nothing.

(Regards to http://principles.adactio.com/)

Ok, this is is, here we are: At the end of my last blog post about project community! I am looking forward to all your presentations!

Yours truely,

Anne

 

 

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Almost at the end

We’re almost at the end of this project. Still lots to do and the stress is getting bigger and bigger. I feel a designer already!

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Well, this image is not quite good, because I don’t think "Fuck off" in that period, there should be written "Relax! You have the time!" or something… I’m not in real panic yet, but I think it will come to me soon.

Now we have discussed all the different themes, I have the idea that solving the “Me, We, Networks”-continuum for our NGO is the best way to help them in this project. You can fill in this continuum for them and recommend at each point what kind of tools will improve the work for each part to be done. Like the “Me”-part is about the individual, or for our NGO’s sake: the individual member of Solidaridad. And so, in the name of the main problem of Solidaridad in our project, we can recommend Solidaridad a personal profile on their new platform.

  • In this way they can organize their own stuff at the platform
  • They can have a personal inbox so they can exclude e-mail so that everything is together at one platform
  • They can contribute to an open blog for wider knowledge exchange between Solidaridad members. (That open blog is an advice which can be filled in at the “Network”-part)
  • And they can edit their profile settings to make the profile more personal, for example in which time-zone they live, so other members can see if it is the time to contact this person.

And then when you discuss the “Me”-part you can think of groups or teams of expertise or even a group of ambassadors which have to meet online or offline. These groups can be seen as small communities. In this part we can recommend Solidaridad to have group spaces on the platform, because it will be better for the team work to work in smaller groups.

  • This will provide the teams to organize their work better and for better communication because they may be far a part from each other
  • It will have a document archive for document change and the easyness to look up certain documents again, with handy search tool within.
  • Then you can recommend the platform to have an agenda with a function to invite members to a specific event (like an online meeting, with the video-call tool on the platform, which is recommended too because they’re so far a part and meeting in person isn’t that easy to plan)

And when you thinking of the “Network” you can think of the whole Solidaridad as a network. All the members don’t know other colleagues who are living a cross the world. And Solidaridad wants to create some knowledge exchange between all these members. So an open blog is in this case highly recommended, for example.

  • This will provide a wider knowledge exchange about found solutions and new ideas which each member can bring in with their personal profile.
  • With nice hashtags which can be included into the blogs the search for certain projects and ideas, problems and solutions around them can easily be found
  • And people can react at these blogs, for improving the ideas with each other and to get great feedback.

And these 3 parts of the continuum are working together! They are all connected. The “Me”-person is also a part of the “We” and they are also a part of the whole “Network”.
And the knowledge exchange at the “Network”-part can be used in the “We”- and the “Me”-part. And so can the ideas of 1 person of the “Me”-part can contribute to the “we” and the “network” part.

AND SO ON! YOU CAN THINK OF A LOT MORE IN THIS CONTINUUM!

And what is so lovely about this continuum, you can fill it in in any kind of way. Like, in your own team, or in the whole world, or in a community.

 

So, back to the first piece of text and to go back to the top image: I think every team will get in that ‘panic zone’ very soon or already feeling it. My advice to all is to plan your work to be done very well and keep your heads cool! Then you can get the best results! I am very curious what other groups have made from these projects!

Love,

Anne

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More The Merrier

Crowdsourcing reminds me of what my mom told me once a few years ago: "You don’t have to know everything. You just have to find another way to come with a solution". Back then I used this advise for an excuse to cheat at certain examns. But now I understand what it is about.

You don’t have all the knowledge available in this world. So as a designer it is important to be open-minded for other ideas, they even may improve your own! You shouldn’t be so stubborn that your ideas are the best there are!

Crowdsourcing has many pros for a designer. Not only to send your idea for a project but also to ask for other ideas for a project or to receive great feedback that may improve your ideas! You can use crowdsourcing online or offline, in a whole network or just a small team.

I thought this image on top of this text is a great visual for Crowdsourcing. Not only the question mark (which represent the demand for a solution for a project) on top in the middle and the lamps (which represent the ideas for the project) but also the different collors. They represent the people with each a different sight at life and therefore each with different solutions. And the demander is black. Because in contrast of the whole network collaborating, even though he is the most creative person in his surroundings.  

There are many ways to use Crowdsourcing, like to sign out a challenge with a winner, who’s idea will set into progress. Or just to exchange knowledge about certain topics. All it takes to contribute in this tool or to use it in your own advantages is to be open-minded for all these external ideas!

Then there is Crowdfunding. This is also a great tool for designers. It provides contact between those with not enough money and great ideas with those with no great ideas and enough money! People can donate or even invest in your project. Your great ideas will come to life because of certain generous people. But people who are investing are not always very kind and easy. Your plan has to be realistic and clear. Suddenly, a lot of responsibility lays on your shoulders. This is real life. Messing up will have its impact on your reputation as a designer. And as Miriam mentioned in her blog, convincing more is harder than convincing one, the bank. You have to involve all those people in the development of your work and may take some criticism of those nasty investors. But there are also great pros of this tool. Your great idea can be brought to life. You could have the opportunity to make the world a beter place, even though you don’t have the money for it. Your idea can be a buzz for others to be aware of.

The main point of this blog is: Don’t do it alone. Asking feedback and get your ideas improved is highly recommended! And in this way you can learn and with each time you receive a lot more knowledge. Go and put your ideas out in the open! Go for those opinions and ideas! The more the merrier! And why should you do it alone? It doesn’t mean that you can’t work individually anymore (if that’s the case you can perform the best when you work alone). It wil only work in your own advantages to provide you with more knowledge and so your ideas can be improven so your projects can be much better! As a matter of fact, as a human being, you don’t want to do it entirely alone, becaus a human being is a social being! (to put in a scientific fact!)

I hope you will take my advise!

Your Anne

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All for one and one for all!

My project team has been a team since the fourth day of the introduction week. We found each other randomly for a fun assignment during the day. We all didn’t know each other well. But the team exercises outside that afternoon made us a better team. We won all the games! We were brainstorming, listened to each other, cheered and had a lot of fun! And I was pretty glad with the team I end up with! They’re  all willing to make the best out of it!

Then wen the project started we gained Marcelo, our one and only guy in the group. Luckily he is quite OK with that. And luckily we got him in our team! He has got great ideas and will do a lot for the team. Just as Miriam! (Just as everybody in this team by the way) And I really admire her organising skills. I lack in those…  Antonia is always helping everyone and Ally does good research of how we could make a video and she comes with lovely ideas. Just as Jojo and she has great skills in video editing. Dilay even wants to continue her work to be done while everybody is leaving! I will do everything for the team, when somebody has difficulties he or she can ask for my help. At the end everybody is very loyal and serious but we can have great fun too!

What is really working for me in this group is that everybody is willing to make the best out of this project! All for one and one for all! We have set up some basic rules and we are sticking to them! We don’t let each other down! I also love all the different nationalities. I never worked with this diversity before and it’s quite interesting how everybody’s view is on different aspects. Most of the time it is noticeable in the way we’re communicating. When I’m with only Dutch people I say things more directly but now I try to be a bit more subtle in telling my opinions. But I’m very open-minded for all these cultures so I can learn. Especially when we’re not talking about the project, but about for example food. 

Sometimes it is hard to get out of the chaos and to think of the next step we have to take. We are really good at just going with the flow without getting any clear results. But we have noticed that and asked for help and got great feedback and went straight on with organizing what we have got, what we know and what we want to know etc. Me, personally, have some organising difficulties, but I have got great help from my teammates for that matter. Another difficulty in the group is that the group is pretty large. We are with 7 people with 6 different personalities. Organizing, communicating and thinking of creative ideas is very much easier in smaller groups. Although the words ‘the more the merrier’, that just doesn’t count in some circumstances.  So we have to assign each other tasks every week, because we just can’t do it all together. Mostly we assign tasks for 2 or 3 people, like research tasks,  or even a small task for 1 person, like summarizing what we have done this course. And that is working pretty well. But it’s not going fast enough. It’s all getting very fast in my opinion. But we already have spoken about that and about what we could do about it, with regards to Miriam. Like, preparing the course before you go to school. But unfortunately it is posted on the morning of the course. It would be so much better if it would be posted on Sunday. Then we all could be prepared! And we could go straight to work when we are together.

We could improve ourselves to structure more things and work more towards our final goal. I think we need to contact Maarten more. But we have a meeting Wednesday where we were going to structure all the things and to come up with a more clear plan, so I first wait for that. I have a good feeling about it!

Well, I blogged a lot this day (I also contributed a lot in the group blog) so this should be more than enough reflection for the day!

Yours truly,

Anne

 

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Loving Group 1

This will be our group post! The awesome Group 1 group post!

First we will begin with what we have done these couple of weeks.

Week by week we try out new things, we got started by getting to know everyone in the group and the tutors along with the NGO, Nancy and Alan. We learned to work with communities for other purposes by using Tumblr and Google Hangout. We evaluate ourselves and show what we can help with.

On the second week we developed our first spidergram focusing on our NGO’s needs and focus points. When that was made, we showed it to our NGO on our first private meeting with them. We didnt received any feedback yet, Maarten has been very busy. We also brainstormed with the other group (group 4) and asked questions about many subjects in order to clarify our doubts and on the following week we had a team meeting on what would be the best options of crowdsourcing for the NGO. We realized on what parts of the industry we best fit in, that being individual or in a team.

This week we brainstormed on what can each of us do in order to get the project going and gather all the information we collected to help ourselves to make the NGO understand how much easier how it would be to use that platform in a day to day basis, crossing references from the spidergram and the me we networks process.

This lesson was all about group works and group sizes and what kind fits what size. And, not very surprising, we could use this focus in our own group!

So, working in a group has its advantages and its disadvantages. But if you figure out how to get the best out of each group member you can work very well together (EVEN it is a BIG group!). Our group has 7 people in it with 6 different nationalities. It is a big group, but we’re all getting along so well! We are sharing all our thoughts and ideas and information we have found on our facebook group, so it’s available for everyone in our group.

But because it is such a big group, every meeting we start very confused. We are not sure about our roles in the group, we don’t know which to assign! We only assigned Anne as our teamleader. But the meetings are getting better and better! Our first meeting wasn’t that clear, but it was our first meeting so that’s a good excuse! The second meeting, you are more familiar with what has to be done during such meetings, but it was combined with the meeting of group 4. Even though we finished our debrief to Maarten with them it were too many people for clear feedback. We missed the individual coaching and specific group coaching parts. We didn’t know what to do next.

The third meeting was quite helpfull! This was the best we had! We were forced to reflect on what we have been doing. We were very good at just going with the flow. But we weren’t getting any results. So, we tossed around ideas casually and assigned each other specific tasks so we can organize what we have, what we know, what we want to know and maybe already how we are going to apply this all. Also in this meeting we got much better feedback from Janneke, our tutor. All these meetings were F2F.

Our brainstorms go really fast in thinking of and bringing in different ideas, but we need a bit more time to organize what we are going to do next. It’s a big group so things really get chaotic very quick.

In this lesson we also assigned each other some individual, or small groups, tasks. Like, Marcelo was assigned to summerize our weeks, Dilay was going to summerize what our meetings were like, Anne was the spokesman, Miriam was the notetaker in the Hangout in Meetingwords, and so on.

Some tasks were given in the Syllabus about analyzing other online groups and how they were using group sizes effectively. So here are some results of that:

- Look at one of the online groups you have identified as examples in previous weeks.

It is very effectively because everyone could join, the group size is infinite, just take a photo of your creative idea and upload it to their homepage, and then you are the member of them. For the organizer, they can easily get the useful information as many as they want.

- How are they using cultural diversity effectively or not?

Cause of the unconditional admission of joining them, they will collect different insights and inspirations from different areas, so the cultural diversity help them to achieve a global communities solution. Not only the organization but also the people around the world can share this information freely.

- What is the evidence of interaction over time and how is that related to the success of their endeavours?                  

In one hand, the members around the world apply verity ideas to the organization. In other hand, they also can get the information applied by other members of the organization. For the FrogMob, it applies a platform for sharing and collecting.  So it’s a both win for each side.

OK, that’s been a big blog post! And a lot more could be said about our awesome group and how we are doing these weeks. But we will keep it with this and if you want to know more please comment!

Greetings and lots of love, Group 1

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Me and my Networks

I use Facebook, Twitter and I use Tumblr (but only for Project Community), but…

I don’t post much

I don’t read much

I don’t respond to much

I only post something personal if I really have something great or inspiring to share. I don’t like it that my whole Facebook and Twitter networks are full of crap. So I don’t read it, and thereby of course not responding to it. I quickly scan over the new posts of something interesting catches my eye. But I keep searching, also out of boredom. Every day I’m on Facebook and my profile is up to date.

But in terms of groups communication, I do share and post a lot more, on Facebook. This has for me a higher purpose. It is a good way to share your knowledge easily with the rest of your bounded group. Well, I can’t say that I think this is the most valuable way of networking. Individually networking and globally intersecting is as that important. Why keeping those great ideas and knowledge just in a tiny group of people? While in one click it could be open for the whole world to see and something can be made out of those ideas. The small group memberships will only help to organize the project or the purposes and goals of the specific group, but that doesn’t mean you have to keep those new ideas for yourself. Individual participation  in networking is important for putting your ideas out in the open network world and then it is important to intersect with people all over the world and discuss all kinds of topics. Together we can make everything possible, it’s hard to do it all by yourself. Me, personally, don’t really join in in those idea sharing global networking things. Why not? I need to focus on those specific things which are relevant for me and my studie right now.

But back to the groups communication pages.

I’m a member of:

-  The “New Open Innovator (IDE)” group. This is a group which I have joined to keep up to date with my fellow students of the IDE study. Questions about everything concerning the study can be asked. Everyone can come with inspiration they have found, even teachers. It’s all about helping each other for those who ask for it. You’re not alone.

-  The “IDE - project community 2013” group. I’ve joined this group because its advantages to share documents and knowledge and to assign homework for the rest of the group. It’s really handy to have this kind of platform where you can collect everything that you find out in this project. There is no question about who has which document or information which we need at the moment. We all have it in our reach! We, as a group, are a tiny community, just as our NGO is. We are dealing with the same advantages to use a platform for exchanging knowledge and responding each other so things could be more clear for everybody. Much better communication in the community is the result. But we’re just a tiny community, we don’t need much facilities in our platform. The NGO is a really big one and they’re all spread over the world. I understand why they’re trying to introduce a platform to their colleagues. And we will do our best to help them improve their lack in communication etc.

-  The “Taaie Bitches” (Rough Bitches) group. Well, long story why it’s called this way but this is the Facebook page of my closest friends. We don’t share much on this page, we have a Whatsapp group where all the sharing takes place but when it comes  sharing larger (amounts) of documents (or pictures in most of the cases) we’re using this Facebook page.

This was the Me, We and the Whole Network continuum online. (Me: my personal posting and blogging, We: the tiny communities on FB, Network: the whole online world). You can see I’m not really active online. But I could apply this continuum better in my offline surroundings:

- Me: That’s me of course, what I do, my goals, my visions, my dreams. Every day, I try to be a step further to my goals. One of my goals is graduating this study succesfully.

- We: My close friends and family. I really want to stay close to my friends and family. That’s really of great importance to me. That are the special relationships you can’t have with others. You can always count on them. So you want to stay in touch.

- The Network: Everybody who’s not mentioned before. It doesn’t matter if you know him or her or you don’t. For me they belong in this category. It’s good to meet these people too. They know different cultures, different values than you and your close ones. You can learn from these people. So stay open for this Network! It’s fun!

So, I hope you enjoyed reading my blog (again).

Love

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Impression about Anne

Well, after thinking about this while I ended my post for the week, I got curious how my digital identity looks like right now. 

So I typed my name into google and I found:

  • My Facebook page - When I click on my facebook page (logged out of course) I only can see my profile picture (I’m in bikini on that picture) with 3 comments of friends who say nice things and20  likes of friends. I also see my picture on the top (I’m all covered in neon paint in that picture) with 23 likes of friends and 6 fun comments of friends. Further more you can see I like the summer festivals in Valkenswaard, Buddy the elf (anyone knows that movie? I love that movie, and I love christmas!), hockey, Stephanie Meyer (that’s an old one…), the Bommel p.c. (which I work at), Weredi Memes (So maybe this will show where I’ve been to school), Trend Shoes (a shop in Valkenswaard, i like shoes)Amalia Azul, (Online clothes shop) JeansBoutique.nl (Online clothes shop) HOD Valkenswaard (the hockeyclub I hockey at)Embarrassing party photos and FailsBest Vineskakhiel (funny dutch memes)Hou je veilig (a petition to say ‘hou je veilig’ instead of ‘goodbye’)Sorry voor het Koningslied (i’m against the horible song for the king Ewbank made). And when you go to my boyfriends page you can see I have a relationship with him and I’m in his profile picture, only with nice comments. So that is shown about me on facebook, a good impression? 
  • My twitter account - Here you only can see my black and white profile picture of me a few years ago with a friend. Not really disturbing. 
  • My google+ account - Again, only my profile picture. Not disturbing for my identity at all. 
  • My prezi presentations - Yeah, this was a surprise to me that these presentations I once made are in the open world. People can see my presentations about myself, about the writer Arthur Japin, about the French kitchen and the most important one: about potential existention in the universe, that was my final presentation which I had to make for graduating high school. 
  • Pictures of paintings my uncle made which I looked up many times. 
  • And some images on google which I posted on facebook once, like 2 pictures of me and my boyfriend and one with a girlfriend. But those aren’t that disturbing. Just nice, fun pictures which I’m smiling in, like in every picture. 

So. I think it doesn’t look that bad? I even think my identity looks like a nice, fun, smart and sportive girl!

What’s your impression about me? Look me up for yourself: Anne Kostermans!

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Itsy bitsy spider(gram)…

This is the spidergram made by group 1.

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