How weird, the last blog for project communities… I remember the first one like it was yesterday… How new it all was and how nervous and unsure was I to post it… Anyway, it was a fun experience and hopefully I will not forget my Tumblr account in the future. But enough with the sentiments lets go to this week’s topic…
While using online communities and networks in innovative design I’ve learned that simplicity is the key to brilliance and I am saying this not only as an IDE student but also as an ordinary user. Who likes difficulties? NO ONE! So why make the life even harder than it already is and create fancy schmancy, hard to understand things? I don’t need to look for examples far away, even our school likes torturing students by having all these online communities and networks that students need to follow and keep up to date with the information posted. I would appreciate a piece of paper in the beginning of the year with my schedules and one site where I would see what’s for homework and when various deadlines are. How simple would that be? And we wouldn’t need hhs.nl, blackboard.hhs.nl, projectcommunity.info, and 3 facebook groups. As Plato said: ‘’Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity.”
My principles for designing and fostering online communities or networks would be: minimalism, accessibility and convenience. All networks that I use share these three principles and I love it. To be honest when I enter websites which are overloaded with information or hard to use, I just turn them off because I get tired and bored very quickly. Also it is important to use right text, images, layout, bars and even colors because all this can depend on whether the network will be a success or failure.
To end this blog I would like to say big THANK YOU for Maarten, for guiding, tutoring and advising us through Project Communities. Also my groupmates who were patient and understanding and let’s not forget all the course students and tutors who were very helpful and caring. It was fun and useful experience, so I look forward to more projects! But firstly there are some tips for perspective students:
Dear future students,
Don‘t forget to buy all the strips and then sell it for double or triple price, if you will get an assignment to make a necklace on an introduction week. Just kidding! To answer question what would I tell next year students about Project Communities I have to answer one question for myself: What would I do differently if I had a chance to start all over again? Besides being more involved and doing more work probably nothing… Even though I catch myself thinking pretty often what if the last minute I wouldn’t have gone from team 4 to 6 (Our group was made from one person from each team). But probably it turned out for the best because I met 8 amazing people, with different talents and personalities. What tips would I give to prospective students? Be prepared! I don’t want to freak them out but I felt like a puppy thrown into the water in order to learn how to swim… There is an enormous difference between high school and university especially if we compare East Europe to West. 2 months have passed and I still feel lost and uncertain what should I do… But the bright side is that you will learn one word that would perfectly describe the mixed feeling you will have inside you- CONFUSIASM!!!