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Three principels for me.

Good day Loyal Reader,

Waddup? It is time for my last blog for my project community course. Time sure flies. So… Let’s get started!

So to start off, communities and networks are important in the design world. (Somehow I feel like repeating this over and over hahaha…) For me I think communities and networks are more for marketing then really helping you to design awesome stuffs. As learned, we are more creative when we are alone or with less people anyways. In my last ‘faculty blog’ I used networking (Facebook) as a tool for marketing too. Sure you need networking for realizing your design, but the starting point would be for me: Me, myself and Eye.

Everybody has their own style and so do I. I was reading all the links about design principles, and I have to admit, I want to apply all of them in my product. Though if you ask me which one are the most important for me that would be aesthetic, honest and functional.

I kind of pushed myself into the direction of a product designer. To be specific, designing kitchen tools or something for children. That is why aesthetic is important to me. I spend a lot of my time in my kitchen and I always find myself enjoying it more, if my tools are pleasant and fun to look at it and to work with. This works the same for website too. If the site looks more attractive, one would be willing to spend more time on it, at least I do. Recently I designed a business card for my mother, and she told me that a lot of her guests has been taking it home. The design is something else then your standard card (and that is what I paid for hahaha…), so I guess it grabs people’s attention a lot more. What do you think?    image

The most important aspect of our life is to be honest. People are already insecure when they have to order something or contacting someone from the “unknown” * insert spooky wind sound*. It is just not that trustworthy. So when I want to set up a new website, I want people to have faith in me and in my products. To make this happen, I guess it is good to start with a base where friends help you spread your words to their friends. Like my mom’s restaurant: She provides good food and atmosphere, people come to eat, people spread the word to their friends or write good reviews on trip advisor, their friends comes to eat on recommendations and the circles goes on and on. Sure you sometime have to exaggerate with marketing, but too much and you have a really negative impact if you cannot deliver what you promised. Most of the consumers nowadays are really picky, so you have to be careful with that.

Last but not least: functional. Similar to honesty, functional will be playing a big role in my designs. Like I mentioned, I like cooking and I like good looking products. Though the reason I am willing to pay more for these products is because the quality and functionality are quite good. Especially for students of the common wealth functionality is important. I mean if they have a choice of buying a bike for 20 euros or one for 50, I think most of them will go for the 20. It is cheaper and… Well… it is a bike.

I tend to spend more money in kitchen tools and time looking at them in stores and that is where I fell in love with Alessi and Joseph Joseph. Alessi is more of a child-friendly aesthetic brand, while Joseph is more aesthetic modern style. I don’t mind having both styles in my house, so I guess that is something my future partner’s wallet has to decide hahaha…

All-in-all, even though functionality in important for my design, I do not think I can come up with something that looks hideous and functional at the same time… I cannot completely lie about my products too, I don’t benefit from it if I feel bad about it myself, even if the money is good.  

Get inspired, be the inspirer,

Peace out,

Warisra

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Project Communities

Good evening,

This week’s blog will be focusing on what has been learned from the course so far.

To begin with, through the weekly process of learning we were able to understand how the different stages of a project should be done. However, the most important aspect I have learned, is regarding how vital for the designers’ work the networking and the proper use of social media are.

So far, the globalization has been increasing and the society has been capable to reach all kind of information for no time and share even larger amount of information. I learned how important our online presence is and that it can always be developed and improved, depending on the its target group.

The design principles for raising online community I have developed during course would be:

  1. Focus on the community’s unmet needs and wants.

Making sure that you understand your community and its requirements would allow you to focus on what is important better and develop it well. Without a clear view, of what is vital for your community, it is impossible to achieve success.

  1. See the “big picture”.

Looking at a particular problem is good, however understanding the cause of it and looking into it from different perspective is also integral part of the designers’ work.

  1. Say what you want to say in simple way.

One should spread his/her message clear and simple. The target group should be able to understand it fast and easy.

 In order to have one positive experience from the course, I would advise next year students to take action and get involved with the project as much as they can. Since, the work has been done for real companies, student have the chance to bring their work to the next level and get involved with actual businesses and NGOs. I would say that it is very important to do your desk research well, so you would have the chance to make better decisions. The course will help you to improve your team work skills and will shed some light of how to proper use the internet space, things that are important for the designers nowadays. 

Greetings,

Iliya

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If it’s ”Hello there!”, why not ”Bye here!”? :)

It’s easy to find your place in the world through communities. I mean, if you are interested in something and people who are usually around you may not care as much as you do about that thing, then online communities can be a way to find people like you. So that can mean that people with same interests can inspire each other, which, if you ask me, it’s the best part. Once a person knows where to look for inspiration the innovative design wouldn’t take so long to come to the white world. And as long as it’s a community, you can still learn from others or help the people who want to develop. Like our community on the www.projectcommunity.info . I’ve learned sooo much, thanks to the new friends I’ve made. We exchange experience and we struggle together, which motivates me (and I hope not only me). 

First of all, I like things and information well put, easy to understand but still as comprehensive as possible! So, in a community everything should be shared and used for the better of everyone.

Decentralization- people in a community should be equal. There shouldn’t be nobody on top of everybody else. It would be too not interesting if people listen to just one person and the sense of creativity would be lost or forgotten.

Tolerance- people should listen to all of the opinions in a community, more points of view- more ideas.

Simplicity- in order to be well understood, a person should always express himself/ herself with simple words or pictures.

Brevity- you can leave a space for the people to consider and wonder, maybe develop the brief idea or content you have shared.

For the next year’s class…

Every beginning is confusing, but here, my friends, we don’t deal with confusion, but with confusiasm (Nancy White). :D If you don’t know the meaning now, you’ll figure it out reeeally fast, in the very beginning. Then the only thing for you to do is take the time for completing the assignments and you can enjoy your brand new community full of new friends and other confusiastics. ;)  

There is not much to say or advice. You should get the best out of the course, which is easily achieved by listening to your tutors and follow their guidance. Everything is well structured and with the right pace you can do no wrong. 

I’ve learned much about internet tools. Everything I’ve been taught will be valuable for my future work. Moreover, if I want to work from home, all kinds of internet tools will be more than helpful.

So I guess that’s all for my first time working-on-a-project-with-a-team. It was great and certainly unforgettable experience for me. I hope no one is disappointed and everybody will have fun at the very end.

Greetings,

Bobby 

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Final report.

Time is running enormous fast and soon we will say goodbye to our NGO and  our team.I would like to thank all the tutors,Nancy,Alan,Sheila for being patient while listening to our stupid repeated 1000 times questions =) I hope that experience  I got from Project Community classes these 2 months would be very useful and practical for my future life,work.

So, we were using many online communities and networks in innovative design tools like Google hangout, Spidergram,Meetingwords.com and others and every item is beneficial for working, but in my opinion, meetingwords.com is the most important tool i have learned.

Meetingwords.com  is the website when you can collaborate with a  group of people and start chatting with other groups,therefore it makes a big communication field,where every group or person can share their ideas with others. I think that it is really useful,because nowadays I know that some big companies in Russia like Gasprom are having a problem with the communication inside the company. As there are thousands of workers in the company it seems imposible to hear every department’s opinion on current topics,so I think that this website can easily solve their problem. Futhermore, sometimes you don’t have an opportunity to open your laptop and connect to the Skype or Google hangout(for example when you have only phone) and in this case it is very easy to go on Meetingwords.com and start a chat with others.Some companies are wasting a big amount of money on renting halls for conferenсes with inner departments, but why don’t just create a chat without making people leave their workplace and save a lot of money? Thats why I am  going to use this website in my future company(I hope so =)).

During the communication and working with Gogorobi foundation I found out that some design methods are not really useful, for example some people like to complicate   the content they are making,but honestly,it’s sometimes doesn’t make sense to us,people considering themselves as digital natives, and do you imagine how many people in the World are not aware of latest Internet tools? Especially the third world countries. Thats why I decided that one of my own design principles would be simpleness. It means that I want to create technologies that would make people easily get into. Linking to the http://principles.adactio.com this point is called The Dry principle.

Moreover,I think that setting  rules for people is one the biggest mistake of the world. Most of the designers are very strict to their own personal rules and they are not looking for any changes,even if these changes could raise their project . For example, I always feel upset about cars construction - of course it is obvious that every car brand has its own basic design and industry but in my opinion it’s very unfair to leave people without an opportunity to choose and develop.For example, I really love the look of Lexus cars outside,but when I seat in a car I feel like not in my plate and one thought always is in my head : “what if I could make my own inner design of this car?”Of course,there are some tuning companies of big brands but it is too expensive and long to have a car by your own design. It is just an example,but in the world there are a lot of things that are strict to the rules.Thats why I think that future design work should go by the path of collaborating with clients.I will always pay attention on my client wills,wishes. This point is called Robustness principle.

I am sure that other principles are very important for designers but in my opinion these 2 are the most interesting and useful. And I claim that these 2 principles will change the world.

 I am sure that  experience i got from Project communities classes will have a big impact on my studying IDE course,hope that all the knowledge will be useful  in any direction I will choose in the future.It is so exciting to learn something realistic,practical stuff in the university, not only reading books and learning theoretical   knowledge. My advise to next 1st year students is to be enthusiastic and curious about all the things that is mentioned in this class, do not hesitate to ask questions and to try  yourself in something you’ve never tried to.Try to participate in as many actions as you can.Sometimes you would feel that it is not yours, but do not stop looking for something that really suits you. 
Don’t be afraid. 



 

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Yura's point of view

Woohhoo finally!! :D

We have finally arrived at the end of the course which is very exciting especially for myself. WOOHOO !!!!

Anyway,

The most important thing about online communities and network in innovative design is COMMUNICATION. It is all about communication. You don’t know you ask. When you have an idea, speak up. When you feel something is wrong, speak up. When you think the answer is right, ask first because you don’t know how they perceive it as they live in different part of the world.

And, that is the tricky part because communicating via online is difficult. Sometimes the internet running slow, sometimes time differences is confusing. Sometimes I’ve researched for an idea for days and turns out what I do is wrong because the information was perceived differently. The only way it can be succeeded is by perfect communication between both parties. No other way.

My own design principles for designing and fostering online communities are :

Tolerance: Since our group and clients came from different part of the world we have to be tolerant to others. For instance, we all speak in Universal language, English, to everyone even though some of the members came from the same country. This design principle leads to a perfect communication but although, sometimes some people misinterpret the information and that is the challenge for each of us.

Decentralisation: Eventhough we have a leader in the group, doesn’t mean that he/she is the one who controls everything. Each of the member have a right to talk and speak up for an idea. And leader doesn’t necessarily means that he/she is always the one who decide what’s right and what’s wrong.

For those in the next year’s class, I hope you guys enjoy the program since it is very challenging (personally) and the key to success is communication. Don’t be shy to speak up to your group mates and always manage the time as time flies nowadays and it felt so fast that we’ve arrived at the end of the course. 8 weeks feels like a blink of an eye. Last but not least, you guys have to produce something better than what we did.

Cheers.

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What I have leraned in this course

The most important thing I learned about using online communities and networks in innovative design is that one can really find an answer to every question. If there is no existing match in Google try another searching engine, ask in a forum, ask anywhere, ask your fellow students, teachers, mentors, clients someone will have an answer for you. The only thing you have to guess is who might help you best, because that will save loads of time.

For online communities and networks I would suggest the following design principles which are partly developed from our research and teamwork-experience and partly adapted or copied from already existing design principles, like the ten principles for good design of Dieter Rams.

Simplicity
-avoid too much information on the first sight, but who wants to know more should be able to get easy access to the needed information (an example of  the work in our group: we will make an additional report to  the video in order to provide our client Sheila with information on how to apply our                 strategies)

Usefulness
- the developed strategy should not only sound good but actually work, that  affords enough research and if every team member rethinks what somebody has thought of it is more likely to be a strategy that is useful to the organization  than a strategy that only one person has come uo with without doing any research

Honesty
 -The Graphics of the website should represent the aim of the organization
 - Donors have access to information about where the money is used for


Acessability/Understandability
– connecting all existing and new pages and ways of  communication of the community, to make it easy accessible for all kinds of different target groups, people should be able to find information fast and understand it   without more effort than reading, this I why a translation   of the website of Gogorobí Fundation is necessary to  make the information accessible for more people (who do not speak Dutch)


Permanence
- there should be a constant long lasting relationship between investors and the fundation

Innovation
 - the strategies should be different from the way other   people would solve the problem, originality is demanded for getting attention and becoming more popular, this will help the organization to become more popular

Diversity
- never try only one way, always develop different ways  to solve a problem, give people the chance to choose what they think is the way to solve a problem suiting their wishes

Identification                                    
- people can identify themselves with the service or manner how they are adressed, every kind of media deals with different target groups, big companies can be addressed by mail, single persons can be approached more casual, but the approach should always stay serious

 I would tell next year’s class that the course can teach you a lot on how to use internet communities and get to know more ways how to communicate online like on meetingwords, how to improve your teamwork skills, meeting the needs of a real client, work on a project, divide tasks, deal with problems learn to find alternatives and rethink your ideas, discuss ideas and focus. The content of the design you do depends on your project and your creativity. It will be a strategy for a NGO either, branding, fundraising or something similar.

In order to get the most out of the course you have to do your tasks, always be aware why you are supposed to do something and if you have no clue, think of a possible reason. You have to engage yourself and try new things. If you don’t involve yourself you won’t learn anything. Nobody will spoon-feed you the content of the course, you have to make your own experiences but you get support with it and can ask anything you want to.

This course is valuable because we improved our teamwork skills and we learned how o deal with a client. We practiced research and made our first steps in innovation. I experienced how a creative process in a group may look like and how ideas can still be improved by other team members, because everyone always finds something that does not work in  someone else’s idea. This course taught me again that teamwork can be fun and really creative. 

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Freddy and the Preservation of Caribbean Tradition

Not for Project Community this time ;)

This blog is somewhat similar to a faculty blog, so it has nothing to do with the weekly blog thing. Just a story I wish to share :D

Aye. aye, aye.

So last weekend I flew to visit my mom in UK for a really really really short weekend. She wished for me to visit her a loooooong time ago, for I haven’t seen her restaurant yet. The business was doing okay, but it could do better. She has to compete with lots of restaurant in Bedford after all…

After looking around a bit, I asked my mother: “How is your facebook page (of the restaurant) doing?” “Nothing much, I guess.” She answered. “Uhh… twitter then?” “Oh, I don’t know about that?” “How about business cards or flyers, do you have them?” “No, I don’t. I have no one to help me with that, but I really want them.”

I know my mom is a digital immigrant, she also cannot afford time nor energy in this digital world and since I am not always physically around her, I wanted to take the burden of social networking of her shoulders, for I could do that easily from my computer in the Netherlands.

The first thing I started was a new Facebook page. Easily done. Took some new pictures, uploaded some. Since there is a limit amount of photos I could take, I told my mom to take pictures of her cooking (she is the headchef) once in a while and send it to me through Facebook messenger/Line/Whatsapp, so I can put it on the page.I came up with a “Dish of the month” idea to post it on Facebook. She really liked the idea and I really hope it will attract some more guests.  

Then off to Twitter. Nothing much I could do there, they do answer all the tweets, but have not post anything since august this year. I explained that they should start following people, for the people they follow might follow them back. For now that is okay.

Next stop is the physical objects: business cards & flyers. I had no time to do that in UK, for I had to fly back already, so I have been working on that (instead of doing homework gnegnegne…) here and use Line as a communicating tool between my mom and me.


I am not an expert on this marketing area, but I guess I do know what looks good and what not for I am and have the all judging ‘Eye’  hahaha…

For now this is what the card looks like. All the images are mine, so there should be no copyright issues, right…?

The front:

image

The back:image

Since I have little fate in the Twitter account, I only put their Facebook page on. The feedback I get from my mom was: “Perfect.” and since I am not shallow I wish to have some critic. Nothing is perfect after all well expect me

I have not started with the flyer design yet. She already has her own flyer, but I really am not content with that. If I find more time, I will gladly do it for her, but for now. I guess she content with it.

Also I need to learn how to make websites! Her website is not really up to date and if I really want to take over the burden 100%, I need to master da skills~~. Gotta learn them all!! Ugh… I just hope it won’t be too hard…

Hmm… so what is the point of sharing all this? Maybe because I want some good feedback? Maybe also as a reminder of the things I have to do. Little of both, but the most fun part of it is, is because I would have never started thinking about these if I have not followed this Project Community course. So in a way I am thankful for the stuffs I have learned so far and to be able to practice it in real life and to help, in this case, my mom with it, it feels good great…. Anywhos… thanks for reading :)

Regards,

Warisra

The Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/thailagoonrestaurantbedford


EDIT:

Ok, frog! I now see that the adress/telephone number/mail/website may be too small to read. Ah poop! I already ordered them. Sigh. Good thing I ordered a small batch, for these occasions hahaha… We will see ^_^;

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The Toolbox

This week’s assignment is to choose the most important topic of the project community classes we had so far. It is quite hard to pick only one theme of the class that helps our NGO, because Gogorobí Fundation has two unmet needs. So we have to come up with a Fundraising strategy and a strategy to expand the Network. For each of those assignments we have another target group, and that is why we need different tools to get into contact with them and attract their attention. As I talk about these target groups the first step, learning about the forms of communities and later the sizes, already shows that there is not only one topic which is important. As we learned in class to use a spidergram we recognized that there were a lot of needs in our NGO but there were some needs that were more important than others. By that way we discovered for example that projects and acecss to expertise are very important. So the spidergram is a tool that we got to explore and research the needs of our organization better.


The next class taught us a lot about crowdsourcing and online social structures, we recognized that Gogorobí Fundation needs to improve their online network and got as well some Ideas how to use crowdsourcing for the expansion of the network. So that was the first tool that we were given to find solutions.


Later we learned and discussed about group sizes that made us reflect on our own work and aware how other communities might work, I think that was rather a tool to help us improving our teamwork but was not too much related with the goal of helping our NGO with the strategies.


Now we are at the point that we talk about marketing and making a storyboard, the marketing is important for our NGO but the storyboard just for our assignment. The Gogorobí Fundation needs the video, and the storyboard is a tool for our team to make it easier to plan and discuss how we make our video. But marketing is a very important tool for our NGO because they have to find investors and expand theit network, if the would have a bad image no one would like to support them in any way. So our group needs to improve the way the organization is seen by people who don’t know about it and make it more popular. So marketing is a tool that helps us to build up a relationship and attract the people that we found by using crowdsourcing and online social media.

For me it seems impossible to say that one of these tools is the most important to make our goal become true because it is impossible just to work e.g. with the information about group sizes or only the spidergram. Each tool has its own purpose but in the end none of them would be as valuable used separately as they are when they are used as one. One may say that there are tools that help us to find the solutions and that there are tools that help the organization in the end but we may not help the organization if we may not improve the manner of working in our team. This is why I say that it is impossible to chose only one topic that helps the organization.
I see that finally each of the steps we were supposed to take made a sense although it sometimes did not seem to fit our plan. I am until now quite happy with the work of our team, because I do not see, that there is  the typical panic at the end because everything went into the wrong direction and I really hope that it will stay this way and we make our video as we planned it. 

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The things I have learned

So far we are at the final point of making strategy for the Gogorobi Foundation and I am sure we are going in the right direction. I have been attending all project communities classes and there is one thing I have realized- every time our team thinks that we’ve done our best and there is nothing else to create or to add to the strategy we face to the new technologies or to the new way of working with clients .I don’t know if it is a coincidence or not but after every Monday some of us suggest a new useful idea . We’ve been learning how to use connection technologies like Google Hangout, Meeting words , some kind of design tools like Spidergram,Storyboard , after all  tutors “introduce” us to crowdsourcing,crowdfunding etc.

It’s really hard to distinguish one favourite tool or knowledge, but personally i think that the lesson about group size is one of the most useful,because  now I know which group size creates a perfect working atmosphere for me(6-9 members). Sometimes,when I was working in teams of 4-5 at schools in the end we were stuck due to the lack of ideas and fresh suggestions,also it was rather difficult to divide roles because we simply hadn’t enough people to do all the work . And that led to confusion and even aggressive atmosphere in the group.But now,through all the projcomm assignments we are taught how to  divide roles sufficiently and how to communicate in “our small company”.For example, I remember that day, when we were asked to separate ourselves into smaller groups for the ideas generating , and it really worked! That Monday gave us a lot of new and really valuable ideas.
Personally I feel comfortable in the well organized group where everyone is responsible for each part, where everyone should work hard to reach the final goal.We have 2 weeks left for the final presentation but even now,in the end, we are still generating  something new, when we are playing with the group organization . I think changing the roles,positions in the team is kind of “Freshing up” our brains. And I really appreciate projcomm for giving me information about how useful it can be.

But it doesn’t mean that I don’t care and focus on other tools,it is just what I think about the greatest experience of mine,which I hope would help me not only in future work but also in different situations in life .

So far we are developing our final report and working on the storyboard of the video, and I think that we have done a really good job and now the hardest part is to present our solutions in the simple and proper way. I am asked to response about the greatest solution of our team,but honestly I don’t want to tell all the secretes now,because I am really curious about our video and about our work,and it’s a little bit unfair to tell the interest part here =)

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Yura's point of view

Marketing Strategy for our Dearest NGO

For this week blogpost, We are going to explore about our marketing design and strategy. A little bit of business, but the whole thing is designed in our best way for our Dearest NGO.

I’m gonna go straight to the point.

The unmet need of our NGO (according to my point of view, do correct me if I’m mistaken), is their acknowledgement by the people around the world, and by that for instance, is a market and network problem. So, the most effective solution for this is CROWDFUNDING.

Crowdfunding is basically Fundraising by involving the crowds which what we called “the target group”.

This strategy is not only creating income for the NGO but also expand the network at the same time. Because expanding the network means expanding the market and that gives the NGO more opportunities to gain more income. Moreover, more people will start to acknowledge the NGO and the probability of investors who might be interested for putting their money could be increased. The target group and the marketing teams are those who play the important roles here. Any action of both sides will affect one another and could creat a big impact for the NGO.

Crowdfunding produces its best result if its done using internet. So the NGO and the marketing team are kind of forced to improved themselves to become a real good digital native. Unconsiously and gradually, the people involved will actually update themselves to know what happens around their world and also improve their skills of technology. Everyone behind the internet page (read: the internet creative team) plays their key role of the strategy and people who contribute in creating the website and giving their ideas are also important in this case.

In conclusion, more creative way of crowdfunding could be the solution for our NGO’s problems. Nowadays, the cliche way of crowdfunding wont attract big investors and only stand for small prices. We have to think like there’s no box in making this strategy come true.

Cheers.

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