The most important thing I have learnt about using online communities and networks in innovative design is how useful they are. We can all communicate and express what we believe and think. Then we compare any analyze and come up with the best possible solutions originating from the combined ideas of all of us.
My personal design principles for designing and fostering online communities. I would say they are the following.
- Good design makes a product useful
- Good design makes a product understandable
- Good design is unobtrusive
I think that for the specific task we were set the three design principles above fit best. The product had to be useful, understandable and not frustrating to use, hence unobtrusive.
However may I say I don’t really now how much designing and fostering of online communities I have really done. As a group we think we came up with a good way to introduce the network but we haven’t designed anything I believe.
To the next year students:
This is certainly a fun project to take part in. You work closely together with others where you will create friendships for the rest of the course. Try working together as best as possible, try not to always work as a big group but split up into two or three smaller groups from the start so several small tasks can be finished. This is much more efficient.
How to work well in a group is something I will certainly take with me for the rest of the program.