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What really matters


Hello tumblr, here we are again, and i don’t know why i keep doing this, but i always start writing this blog after 10pm on tuesday -_- i know, i know.. i should plan it better, not to blog before sleep.. but wait.. i actually enjoy it =P Ah, nevermind, just thinking out loud.
Let’s talk about what really matters:

Which of the themes we’ve been looking into so far will be of the most use towards your goal of solving the unmet need of your NGO?

Every week we learn about something useful to help our NGO client,
but if i had to choose one, i would say this week’s topic: Marketing.

Why?

  1. The main reason, is because it covers a large range of topics, i was thinking about crowdsourcing and how it was the most beloved topic we studied in Project Community so far, and guess what? It is pure marketing strategy! 

  2. It’s a subject i’ve always been curious about but never actually learned it in my graphic design university.
    In Brazil we have Product/Graphic Design and Marketing/Propaganda as two distinct things and usually, “marketers” as we call them, don’t have many designing skills, neither designers dive into the marketing ocean, they even call it “The Dark Side of Design” meaning that marketing fools people with propaganda. (it’s stupid, i know…)

  3. Applies to almost anything! As i said i’m no expert in marketing, I might be talking nonsense as i never really studied it, but i can see it everywhere, politics, universities, NGOs, products, it’s goes beyound the supplier/consumer thing, its like it has a social hole.

What you think will play a key role towards success during the process? 
Well, if i knew this already, this project wouldn’t be as challenging as it is
I have a clue, that would be teamwork, even after 7 weeks i still feel like we haven’t done much, we get distracted by the weekly tasks and are always working individualy, we haven’t had any productive meetings, actually we dont meet at all. I believe we will get this done when we sit together and actually work, we only talk about this project on mondays and this has got to change if we expect to get good grades, we’re already on the final stretch.

What do you think the solution should be and why?

Honestly, i think the solution would be designing a god damn User Interface, making LOTS of sketches, and then pick the best design and explain it using theory, but i don’t know how to make my group understand it, the last time i tried to say this, Luca replied to me that we will skip the designing process, like we won’t draw anything… O_O
I’m really worried about the outcome of all this, we are design students, how are we going to design something without designing? And how to make a video out of it? no graphic? Really? Let’s just type Flat Design and Adaptive Layout with Comic Sams and a colorful background! </sarcasm mode:off>

I think the weekly hangouts are distracting us from our main goal. I was the only person on our group who created a drupal commons website and was messing with it on the first weeks, in my opinion it would be the starting point for this project, as our job is to improve the user experience and usability of a intranet system using drupal commons platform! But nobody cared about it, actually i felt like some people had this wrong idea that i was not really working on the project, which needless to say, pissed me off. I don’t know,. i think i will have to present my ideas in more of a formal way to them, or maybe do all the sketches by myself, oh yea, according to Belbin Self-Perception Inventory, i have a Finisher personality, and i know i will have so much work on this last weeks trying to put my ideas into the final presentation.

Do i sound like panicking? it’s ok… I actually enjoy it =P.

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Project Community 2013

Final round

In today’s blog I would like to come back in time and remind our beginning.

Time fled as water and we already have a seventh week .

Wow ! Frankly, it’s a pleasant feeling. I look back and I see the tracks that we have left behind .

What to say ?

 The Feeling of confusion and despair was replaced by enthusiasm and 100 % concentricity, the word individual  was replaced by the words cooperation and team and finally,  I am glad that I can say that the word Group also changed to word Friends .

Seven weeks really gave us a lot but now it’s time for another question. Do we have, what to give and offer to our clients ?

I hope this will go to the task this week and write Which of the themes we’ve been looking into so far will be of the most use towards our goal of solving the unmet need of NGOs .

From all the themes That we have been looking at : technology stewardship - crowdsourcing - work teams - crowd funding and this weeks ’ - marketing , I would like to point out crowdsourcing , as the most useful towards our goal in solving Solidaridad ‘s unmet need .

Why ?

The most what we can do for Solidaridad , is to do a thorough and sophisticated research, thanks to we are able to pass some helpful hints in order to improve their internal social platform .

Why is crowdsourcing to my mind so special ?

  • Firstly because, it provides a very inexpensive and in some cases very high quality assistance / the client will receive new ideas and plenty of feedback or advices, which will definitely (( in Solidaridad )) -  speed up the design process 

  • Secondly because, crowsoursing offering something as perfect as - Cultural Diversity - in other words, in my opinion, very useful just for our client, which is a company Solidaridad with international realm .

              Diversity of opinions and attitudes to the problems and needs.

               There are some specific needs, which may not have been considered by those of another culture , so it can helps to promote the company internationally , since the product will be able to reach out and meet international requirements and not just a small group of people 

  • Thirdly because, crowdsourcing is also a great way to communicate with your current and potential customers ; ( You Consider Their opinions and feedbacks , which allows to build a better relationship between )

However, there is just one more thing.

I’m not the only one who feels that our NGO does not use our services to the maximum. From the first day we have a communication problem, which quite changed the process in designing the solutions and the whole projekt became more difficult.

They promised us a full demo of Drupal site which we could test it and gain insight into what our client really want and expect so at the end we will able only to advice some specifications that we believe are relevant to this product.

I hope that the situation will change soon which could remarkably accelerate our work and I believe that IN THE END,  we will be able to offer the client what he really calls for.

After all, it is our aim!

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Michal"S Harbor

During week 7 we were introduced to Marketing. It was very useful, since we discussed different…

During week 7 we were introduced to Marketing. It was very useful, since we discussed different strategies which will benefit our customer. Another thing, which we were talking about, is how to organize our thoughts and create a Storyboard. It was quite useful, especially for me, because one of the video’s that we watched, gave me good ideas on how to organize my time and duties also.

As usual, when we started with the group activity, we divided into small groups. Me and two more people were researching different marketing strategies that might benefit our NGO. We came to the conclusion, that receiving feedback is extremely important. This is why we are a bit concerned, since we still haven’t received an answer from our customer and we do not know if we fully meet his needs.

Which of the themes we’ve been looking into so far will be of the most use towards your goal of solving the unmet need of your NGO?

Give at least 3 reasons why and tell who/what you think will play a key role towards success during the process.

I will agree with my group mates, when I say that in my opinion Crowdsourcing is crucial for Solidaridad and it is most useful for solving the unmet need of our NGO, because, first of all, it is a great way to explore the opinion and ideas of a big amount of people.  This will definitely increase the site’s development, since feedback will be constantly received and it will definitely advantage and speed-up the design process.

Second of all, by giving ideas, people feel like they are being a part of a creation process and this will benefit the rate of the social network. Crowdsourcing is a way to build a strong relationship between different communities.

And last, but not least, it is much cheaper, because people use it to help each other, because they built communities, which share the same ideas and goals.

What do you think the solution should be and why?

I am not sure if this is the correct answer to this question but in my opinion, the solution is to create a website, with a simple and yet original visual outlook, which will leave a good impression on people. For me, design is very important. Nowadays so many websites exist, that you have to be different, in order for people to remember you.

It is very important the most significant information to be clearly divided into tabs on the homepage, so that everyone can easily find what he is looking for. However, as I already said, I am not sure whether this fully answers this question, since, as I already mentioned, we still haven’t received any answer from our customer and I am not 100 per cent sure what he is looking for.

On Monday we were arguing, whether we will manage to meet our customer’s need or not. Some consider that we will actually fail. Nevertheless, I am an optimist and I truly believe that in a couple of days this desired moment will come and we will finally hear from our customer and we will know for sure what to do, in order to do our job the best way we can. 

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Approaching the end…

Another week has come and getting very close to the end of this project. Our team work is improving in my opinion as everyone is more aware now that tasks need to be done and that there isn’t a whole lot of time left for this. Also the more there’s been done, the more there is to show which has a motivating effect on the team. This week’s theme was marketing, and it was very helpful to get more information about this area. Marketing is a very important aspect in the world of businesses as it’s a way to sell what your organization stands for and really to get people’s attention.

When looking at the themes we have covered up to now such as technology stewardship, crowd-sourcing, crowd-funding, work teams and marketing it is quite clear that some are more of use to reach our goal of solving the unmet need of out NGO. If I would have to pick some of these themes as the most helpful ones, I would pick crowd-sourcing and crowd-funding. The reason for this is that the more brains thinking and the more people helping, the more ideas, solutions there will be. As this might be difficult to manage sometimes, it’s important that there is much attention paid to organizing this in a productive manner. This will lower the chaos and the overflow of ideas and opinions, funneling good and helpful information straight to the organization.

Crowd-sourcing is such a good tool as it allows a large diverse group of people interact with the company and share all sorts of valuable information and advice. As the main focus is to improve the platforms user experience and usability it is essential that these average users are addressed and are taken into account. Not to mention the amount of money that can be saved using crowd-sourcing as the organization doesn’t have to hire as many professionals to give their opinion.

Crowd-funding is important as there will be more financial support in order to get these new and helpful ideas into action. It will help the company expand and make it possible for them to reach out to more and more people. This will really boost the momentum and make sure the organization will not land in any kind of slump.

In my opinion the solution should be a very straight forward platform which can be managed by all types of people. It should of course be esthetically pleasing and really catch the attention of the users. As well as this, it should show all the vital and important information that the public needs to see in a clear and neat manner. And lastly it should be easy for users to communicate easily with one another and really engage on each other’s ideas through the help of visual aid.

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Paul's Design Elements

So obvious… SROUDSOURCING!

Hello my dear readers (if you exist),

New week, new blog topic and hopefully new writing of mine at the end of this evening, this is what I repeat every Tuesday for seventh week now. It kind of gets a nice tradition to spend these evenings expressing my thoughts on this online journal… Anyway, this time I have to pick one blog theme and explain why it and not others would be most useful for our client and I have a great deal to chose from: Technology stewardship, Crowdsourcing, Work teams, Crowdfunding and Marketing. The first thought that comes to my head is CROWDSOURCING! This is what I would advice Solidaridad to use in order to improve the platform. And these are the reasons why:

Firstly, by using croudsorcing they would get a number of great suggestions and advice how to enhance user’s experience & usability, maybe even from people who may have or already solved an issue like this. Croudsourcers as employees and even clients may look at the problem from more creative and convenient perspective. Secondly, it would spread the news about this organization, what would attract more investors, workers or even volunteers. To be honest I haven’t heard of this Solidaridad before project communities (has someone?!), but now when we have been working on its task for 7 weeks, whether you want this or not you have to know something about it. That goes as well with a croudsorcers, before taking this project they would have to make a research about this NGO which will bring interest and increase popularity. And last but not least, it would be economically more convenient to use crowdsourcers than hire professionals, with a diploma, that allows them to do so. I don’t know the financial situation of Solidaridad, but I assume that in these hard times, they wouldn’t mind to save some extra money.

To sum the crowdsorcing topic I think that if Solidaridad uses crowdsourcing it would be win win for both the NGO and crowd of bright minds from all over the world who are just waiting for opportunity to show their abilities.

Talking about interaction with our client, I understand that he has some better things to do than answering boring questions of ours. I strongly believe that he knows that we must get the answers from him sooner or later. But the main mistake was made by us at the beginning of project communities, when despite of cooperating with group 7 we saw them as competitors. This would have saved some time for Maarten van Leeuwen by answering questions of both groups only once and it would have given us the opportunity to think of more decent and accurate things to ask TOGETHER.

That’s it for this time, take care!

Xx Elena

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The Challenge

This weeks’ blog reflection prompt definitely made me go back and re-analyze the actual challenge that we are undertaking for Solidaridad:
 
“How do we improve the platform’s user experience and usability? How to set up user group and create a development cycling of continuous improvement and experience?”

I feel that with every new theme that we take on each week we somehow manage to forget about this question and instead focus too much on the tasks that we are given in class. So how can we help them to do this? What is the most useful part of what we have learnt so far for Solidaridad? From all the themes that we have been looking at, technology stewardship, crowdsourcing, work teams, crowd funding and this weeks’ marketing, I think that crowdsourcing would be of the most use towards our goal in solving Solidaridad’s unmet need. The main thing we are to do for Solidaridad is to give them well researched and usable advice in order to improve their social platform.

  • Crowdsourcing can help them with for example web design, making it visually appealing and user friendly. By asking for outside help, possibly people that know how to develop platforms they can make a really fancy, easily adaptable one.
  • Crowdsourcing can spread the word about the NGO. It’s an opportunity for advertisement. When this platform is put forward it will be promoted through the crowdsourcing workers own networks. 

  • Crowdsourcing can save money, as for NGO’s money is always an issue. It’s assistance by people that want to help and at the same time it can build relationships with potential customers.

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If this is really what Solidaridad is looking for I’m not sure, and neither is our group as the contact with our client hasn’t been very smooth. We haven’t got very much feedback on what we have done so far and we haven’t really been able to grasp exactly what their idea of “platform user experience and usability” is. I found this really tricky as I feel that there is so much we can do, but without this communication (which is vital), not much can happen. We can try and go by assumptions of what we believe the NGO is looking for, but that might not work out in the end. 

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I think that the solution should be a simple yet visually appealing platform where information is easily shared within the community. I think that using visuals and videos instead of written text is a very simple way of making information more interesting, stimulating and easy to comprehend. I have always trusted the saying “less is more”. I think that if throwing to much chunk of text out there it’s just not exciting. People that use internet and other types of media today need eye catching and “to the point” experiences. And then with the use of for example the “share” button or “follow” button, makes it easy to add information as well as access what you feel is necessary information. I think this “sharability” factor is very important. But these are just some tools (from Facbook and Twitter…) but I guess in the information and technology era that we live in we have to think like this: "Lesser artists borrow; great artists steal." 

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Running Olympic: Preparation is key

Let us set some things straight. I’m never going to be an Olympian. Never will I be able to run the 100 meters with a speed of Usain Bolt. Or close to that. But boy, with my group’s last run, we’re going to blast through the run with more grace and coolness than Usain Bolt could do. ( Note: No way, but let me bask in this light )

Why did I compare the blog’s question of the chosen theme to running a hundred meters ?
Well that is fairly simple. Preparation for the one final decisive run takes time. It confuses you, it makes you wonder what to do. The time draws closer, you might panic. “What do you think, how do I prepare, what can I do ?! “


In my most humble opinion ( I’ve been called very bossy ), the afore mentioned stages is what Group 6 went through.
Every week we got thrown a new bone to play with. A new track to run on, new shoes to put on to help us.

It took us a while, but we each have found and agreed on most shoes and which track to run on. I personally take this pair of shoes :
Crowd-sourcing - Limited Edition.

Why ? Oh wait, aside from not remembering the first few shoes ( methods ) crowd-sourcing struck me as my shoes for the following reasons.

Our most respected NGO plans to create a social intranet platform, with social integrity, and the potential to keep changing.

Reason number one: The sole:
The people. How would you create a social intranet platform ? If it were up to me, I’d put some color here and there, functions built according to my preference and be done with it. But that is not the point.
Crowd-sourcing enables the admins ( track layers ) to listen to opinions of others, filter out the most important notions of must-haves and then build a social intranet website according to opinions of what a social website must have. Isn’t that what it is all about ?

Reason number two: The material:
The product has to be sound, it has to be good. The tools have to be right.
A social intranet platform by itself is useless. The functions of what it has to offer makes it what it can be. Again crowd-sourcing will help. Put up the question of what makes “facebook” so great, or what tools a social website for businesses should have.
Five bucks says people will mention tools, or details of the tools in degrees of manners you have never thought about.

Reason number three: The laces for the future:
What would a shoe be without the hold, without the promise that this shoe will survive long and hold on your feet, while you put it up to the final run ?
How can you guarantee the longevity of our NGO’s social intranet platform ?
Thanks to the aspect of evolution and a brain, humans change their opinions and needs. The social intranet platform has to evolve with it. What better way is there to predict, or see what changes have to be done now, or in the coming future, if not with crowd-sourcing ? it allows you to tap vastly into the minds of many and see how opinions will change, needs will change. It allows the admins to prepare the site for further changes along the way and hey.

Preperation is key.

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Justin's Lil' Box Of Thoughts

Eeeek week 7 already!

Hey Guys!

It’s hard to believe it was 7 weeks ago that we were first introduced to our NGO and given our task, time has flown. Over those 7 weeks we have been introduced to a number of new (for some of us) themes/concepts which our guides thought would help us in developing a solution to our and our NGO’s Challenge. Last week Maarten discussed with us “killing the darlings”, as cruel as this sounds, this weeks blog post is going to carry on that theme. We have been asked which of the themes up till now, we personally believe, will be the most useful in terms of finding a solution for our NGO.  As soon as I read this question I had an answer in mind, Crowd sourcing.

Our challenge originally stated, “How do we improve the platform’s user experience & usability? How to set up a user group & create a development cycling of continuous improvement & experience?”  The key focus in this task was improving usability for users and also developing a “development cycling of continuous improvement & experience”. This is where Crowd Sourcing steps in.

Just as a reminder crowdsourcing is the act of outsourcing to a “crowd” of people via an open call for assistance. Through Solidaridad harnessing crowdsourcing in terms of development feed back on their new platform, they will discover (in a timely manner) where their weak spots lye in their new platform. If they give users an opportunity to review and give feed back, progressively they will be able to update these weak spots bettering the platform continuously,  until it is entirely user friendly. Further more Crowdsourcing also allows global experts, who may have experienced platform development to enlighten Solidaridad on wear any weak spots lie in their platform. Crowdsourcing also gives a voice to those who may not have specific expertise in the field and this is invaluable as way of creating a true sense of community, diminishing any sense of hierarchy.

Cultural diversity is also dealt with through crowdsourcing as people belonging to different cultures are able to communicate their unique needs which may not have been considered by those of another culture.

As for what I believe the solution is going to be, to be frank, I still don’t know. Due to some difficulties communicating with our client (he was out of the country and unable to return our mails) we are still waiting on some vital information. Until we get this it is hard to say. However the finish line is approaching us even more each and every day, so decisions are going to have to be made and soon. I have set up a Skype meeting with our client tomorrow and if all goes to plan we should have all the information we need. If, for some reason, we are unable to get what we need, I think my group should go off assumptions as I would rather us end with a few inapplicable solutions than none what so ever.

Is anyone else having problems contacting clients? If so please enlighten me with any possible solutions you have found.

Until next time,

Siras  

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Week 7 – Marketing

Today’s class reflection

Due date of this project is quietly sneaking up on us but your group made the most of our time in class and is moving at just the right rate to get all the boxes ticked and complete. I gave an insight and a heads up with what tasks are still remaining and our priorities. Even though your client is not cooperating to his potential, plenty can still be covered.

This week’s theme was interesting and beneficial towards our project at the same time. We were introduced to the ideas and concepts of marketing our client’s product to his fellow customers. We were also presented with how to create a storyboard, as our final presentation will be multimedia presentation telling our client a story of themes we have learned and how he could take advantage of them though our advice.
Our group spilt into three smaller groups to work on specific tasks, which increased our productivity. One group was responsible for researching marketing strategies, which would specifically aid our client, another group was in charge of creating our storyboard and the last was developing our presentation and the script that goes will it.
During our Google hangout, our group got some stimulating insight on how different marketing strategies work better and take advantage of alternate products or situations. We also noted from feedback of our storyboard take we are communicating too much content instead of telling a story. Slight alterations will have to be made to the way in which we inform our findings of the themes and research we explored to turn our presentation into more of a story.

Which of the themes we’ve been looking into so far will be of the most use towards your goal of solving the unmet need of your NGO?

Give at least 3 reasons why and tell who/what you think will play a key role towards success during the process.

When it comes to solving the unmet need for our NGO, I believe that the theme that will benefit our NGO in the best possible manner would be Crowdsourcing. This is because crowdsourcing allows for inexpensive assistance as you are able to obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people and especially from the online community. As long as our client has a vast online community, it will be able to receive new ideas and plenty of feedback to constantly develop and improve their Drupal site. This will speed up the design process, which will consequently increase the rate of the site’s development. This theme is also an accidental advertising opportunity as a greater number of people for the other communities will get the word out and experience our client’s site and customer base. Crowdsourcing is also a great way to communicate with your current and potential customers; because you consider their opinion and feedback, your community and other communities feel more involve with our client, building a healthier relationship between them.

I do have a different take on the relevant theme when it comes to the success of our NGO’s product. I have come to the realization that we could advice our clients with the best and innovative specifications for his social networking platform and his design/development team can create the best communication and community-building site for his customers; but without a proper marketing scheme or strategy, no one will use it and take advantage of this platform. This point makes marketing a vital area to consider and invest in, to ensure the use, traffic and popularity of our client’s Drupal site.

What do you think the solution should be and why? (This does not have to be exactly the same as your group solution, but it will defend your group solution if it does match).

This question is very challenging to answer because of the difficulty we are having with communicating with your client. He promised us a full demo and his Drupal site where we could test it by discovering its strengths and weaknesses. Unfortunately, we were are able to do this as the demo was never given to us; because we are not sure what the current state of our client’s product is, I cannot mention in detail what I think the solution should be and why. My group and I can only advice some specifications that we believe are relevant to his product.

Our client has also failed to provide us with a design brief and or PDS so still unable to superficially see and understand what is really wanted and needed. We only have a really basic idea from the Project Communities website which is not enough.

Our group is only in the situation to provide certain advice related to the themes explored in class. 

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Step Three To Project Domination: Using People ( Optional )

Good day lads and lasses.
Welcome to another round of my thoughts. Today’s blog will deal with the topic of: ”Crowd-sourcing”. Or in other words, using people and how is it useful, if at all ? ( see: Optional )

Crowd-sourcing is the label of the action that one creates something with other people, usually strangers, by allowing them to co-operate on the project.

By allowing others outside of the norm ( group, or partners ) to chip in. The results may surprise you.
It is said that children are more creative than adults, and thus are able of a more abstract solution to problems, or able to solve problems effortlessly.
Different situation, same principle.
While experts are called experts with a reason, they do not always have all answers. Sometimes hidden gems are scattered across the world.
Crowd-sourcing allows you to get in touch with people who have abstract ideas, who may have the answers you seek.

The same holds true for designing. While you design, you are not always going to be able to do everything alone. Ideas are stolen, ideas and creations, innovation and re-imagining are all out of a person’s mind, who has had impressions and formed thoughts out of peoples’s creations.
Which also means that if one wants to make something completely new, or radical, one person might not succeed.
That is why the saying ” Two minds are better than one” exists. In certain situations, crowd-sourcing might be what is needed to finish a project.

These are the greatest advantages crowd-sourcing offers. And in designing, once the design has made a client happy, crowd-sourcing might have allowed you to discover individuals to work again with in the future, or if you are really lucky : an entire network of new colleagues.

The Downside
There are, however, two sides to every coin.

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"You die."


Harvey Dent perfectly represents both sides of crowd-sourcing and it’s abstract relativity to helpfulness. Chance.

Above are the advantages mentioned, explained and elaborated. However, this applies that the coin flipped was on the good side up.
Get the coin shown on the upper picture, and you have more problems than before.

The first question is: Will people care ?
Not always.
Not even with a reward will people have sufficient motivation to actually help you beyond that. ( Look, everyone has their price, but I doubt the normal designer like you and me has millions lying around )

If you cannot motivate people, you have no crowd sourcing and you can stop right there, and still stay stuck.

When helping with a design, people might be biased and have unreliable information. 
Choose the wrong place and you get both which are actually more useless than nothing, as they might sway and annoy others who might have had something to actually support you.

And lastly, the worst part of crowd-sourcing: Theft.
Why is crowd-sourcing particularly dangerous and scary for the designing world ? Because some people are - censored - . Simple as that.

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Thanks for your idea, I will totally name you.

If you allow an idea to be distributed, you can bet that suddenly someone else on the market has your idea as well. SURPRISE !

For a more relevant example, look at at your phone. Chances are you have a Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson, whatever.

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This was not even crowd-sourcing, but isn’t it kind of interesting how Samsung’s’ phones suddenly have Apple’s rough design outline?
And that is for a finished product. Imagine what happens if you have an open contract, have a great idea, get stuck.
Then you go to your designer friends, ask for advice, they have none and suddenly your client has their product.

"Et tu Brutus ?!"

This may the reason why designers don’t like other designers. The one who hands in the design first may call himself the owner.
Look at history has taught us: Thomas Edison pretty much stole all the ideas, and stepped on other inventors.

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