Based on my experience both before and after this course I think that my first and biggest principle is connectivity. I would ensure that everyone everywhere could access the community when they wish where they wish. All major online communities and platforms are accessible from remote locations, mobile phones, tablets, anything that has internet and a display. Focusing on a mobile experience also goes with the flow of technology, at the moment everything is focussed on mobility. People buy less desktops, tablets are growing, mobile phones are turning into small computers. Remote connectivity is the future of the internet.
My second principle would be design. I feel like the interface for such a community has to be the most intuitive it can be without it becoming annoying. I would not want my users to have to think or learn how to use the platform, I want them to know how to operate the platform at sight.
I would also really investigate a new experience. Find a different way to place a community online. The best thing to do here would be investigate the current communities and see what is missing. People do not want to move to a different community if it is the same, they have to be upgrading.
I might have more principles but I cannot think of more at the moment so here is my last principle. A clear target group whom you appeal to. You need to have a starting audience and once you know what that is you can chase them. This will ensure that you have something to start on.
The article, sorry I know it is in Dutch, and this one I will not translate, maybe later this week I will have the stomach to do so. I do however want to say that I do not understand on any gounds why someone would write something like this to parents who have just lost their child. I feel like it despicable and it made me nauseous. I do not hate the writer of this article, anger is not my response. Sadness is, I do not understand the point of writing something this rude and hurtful to people who are already going through a trauma. I feel like it is inhumane and disgusting. This man wants to talk about a god? I hope that the god he talks about gives him a reality check and helps him realize that what he as done is something that is not humanly acceptable.
This week’s reflection question is simple. If you had a design challenge, would you join and participate in one of the types of online communities we’ve been researching? Why or why not?
If I had the chance to take part in a design challenge on an area which I feel I can take part in I would definitely take the chance. I think that by taking part in such a competition you gain another experience from which you can learn a lot.
I would definitely use several online platforms. One of the themes that have been continuously mentioned is that online platforms can be used as a massive source of information, and while working on the design competition I would definitely take advantage of this.
Interesting though that this was this week’s question because I have been scouting the internet for design competitions and I have found a few, just non that were suitable for me. Maybe in the near future I will find one.
It is products like that which remind me that the world is constantly revolutionizing. Even when you think that something can no longer evolve, something will change and allow a product, service, action, event, anything to evolve and hopefully improve.
Embrace this, be wacky every now and then and just remember that anything is possible when you are crating something or when you have an idea in mind. It does not have to be a product, it can be anything. Who knows, you might just break the ground and stun the world.
Have you ever heard blues from the pit of its mother’s soul, Her muscles wailed indigo notes, A steady ocean erupting from her throat Washing over bitten lips, and torn skin. Life just seems so thin when the only thing keeping you together is a colour, Beautiful in the sky, and blessing in the water But so big it was chosen to fill the heaviest of emotions.
Have you ever heard blues sweat from the pores of its father, Oozing out of lash-cracks, they told me blood was supposed to be red, read the notes like you’ve never seen before from his back, This record didn’t need a phonograph to be played, The needle was his heart, his mouth the resonator Just hear him play as whips carve new songs into his bones. Will we ever know blues like this again?
The first day someone says something to you, And you are old enough to understand the under tone of those words, Will you go back to Billie Holiday and ask her to show you strength, Will you move to New Orleans and find comfort with the Rising Sun, Or tell Ray that you know why he was Feeling Sad that day,
Will you pick up a paint brush and just play it away, Telling yourself that the people who comment aimlessly, Have never felt a soul pass right through them, And left a bad taste in their mouth.
Just promise me one thing, Tell me that Texas Alexander will never be forgotten, For ever remember those voices of worn souls in big fields, Like sand paper in your gut, Remember that it does not have to sound beautiful, Just real.
And maybe one day, Your name will be written across 12 bars.
Wow, six weeks already. It is going to sound a bit cheesy but looking back it is almost unreal that 6 weeks have passed by already. Six productive weeks during which I learned a lot, not only about the courses but also about the people in my class.
So far I hope that I have contributed my fair share to the project. Every week we sit together with the group and we look at the work that has to be done and divide it between all the group members. I feel like this caused us all to keep a fair work share and contribute equally to the project.
I think that all my learnings can best be reflected by the work we have all done as a team. Everything we learn though this project is put into our group reports, and I think that that gives the clearest overview of what I have learned. I say this because everything we learn as a team is shared between each other, so when one person learns something it is shared in a way that everyone learns this as well. So this is the best way of looking at what we all learned.
I cannot say much for the class, I think that it is up to everyone to learn from what they read and experience. I hope that they have learned a lot from what they have been researching and the discussions that we have been taking part in.
Oh I do so very much have a complaint at the moment.
I love it when people take the time to read something that I have posted, it makes me eel like more of a blogger and I hope that once someone has read it that they make have learned something or that it got them thinking, or that it has entertained them. Either way I love it when people read my stuff.
Related to that is the value that I add to comments on my posts. The comment may be short but I learn from them and I really appreciate someone else’s input, and I find the need to express that by replying. Thus I try my best to reply to all comments made on my blog posts. I generally do this when I feel inspired, and I will do this in hoards at the end of the week.
However, I have just been blocked from replying for replying too much. I understand that this block may be there to stop spammers and spambots etc. but there are other methods for this.
So here by my complaint, this reply block is interrupting my blogging process and my show of appreciation no me gusta.