It’s already week 8 of the project , time flies! We’ve only got one week left to finish our challenge and to show our NGO what we accomplished. I’m actually really excited!
Looking back I realize what we all have been doing all this weeks and what we all have learned, and that is quiet a lot! In the beginning I had no clue about this four hats or about online communities, until I figured that it’s actually a big part of your life as a designer. And it is now. I’ve been using online communities for years now without even knowing what they were and what advantages you can take of them. Now I’ve all seen what crowdsourcing and crowdfunding can mean to companies I think the internet is slowly taking over our whole world! It’s crazy what kind of knowledge or funds in such a short amount of time can be raised by using online communities in the good way.
Considering all we have done and all we have learned I figured out my design principles for online communities and networks (thanks to http://principles.adactio.com/). First, design by committee. We’ve been doing this project as a team and I’m really convinced that teamwork can accomplish more then just single person work. Different people and different backgrounds know more and will come up with more ideas. The biggest challenge is to make the team work, but looking back at our team in the beginning I suppose every team can do this! Second, focus on the user. By designing online communities or networks it’s obvious that you want to make it work for the persons who need it. Look at their background, age, gender etc. Products has to be user-friendly, so do online communities and networks. And last but not least, they have to be useful. You can make the best layout or whatever, if the content isn’t clear nobody will use it how it’s supposed to be used. Clearness will affect the efficiency, what effects the usefulness on his hand.
So this is it, my last project communities blog. Honestly, it was not always the most fun thing to do but in general I enjoyed doing this. Getting graded for writing your own thoughts about things, it’s not that bad.. And so was the whole course! In the beginning it wasn’t really clear to me what the whole assignment was and how we should proceed, but trough the weeks it became more and more clear and things were falling into the right place. I would really advice the teams next year to focus on the teamwork from the beginning, this will increase the development and the result of the project a lot I think! And of course getting all this fantastic blogs done on time :)
Now it’s time for the final stage of this course, the homestretch! Thanks for reading and following!