- What are your design principles for designing and fostering online communities or networks based on your experience in this course and your project? Please describe them and a little bit about how you have developed them
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Our group has researched mostly Facebook and YouTube up till now and the possibility to connect them with Tumblr, Yahoo and Google+.
There are many factors that could influence my decision in joining and participating in a design challenge in one of these communities. A couple of them would be: the size of the project, the quality of it, the benefits etc. Also it depends on the community: size, type and so forth, i would like to join in. For example it would interest me to enter a design challenge on Google+ more than one on YouTube; just by first sight.
Of course there is the other factor, lack of experience. By joining as many design challenges in the beginning of your carrier as you can, you gain experience, you establish a reputation for yourself and many more.
Also, joining a design challenge is influenced by the product you are required to create/modify. My personal opinion is that if the project in which you are willing to engage should raise your interest more than average, otherwise you can not focus all your imagination and skills to maximise your result.
Who knows, i might just set up my own trend.
It’s week 6 since we started the Industrial Design (open innovator) program at The Hague University.
I am part of 2 groups, Personal Branding and Customer communities. I have different roles in each group and we have different ways of dealing with the assignments. In one group we work more online than face to face and in the other there are assignments that have have to work together on.
In the Personal Branding group, i am just starting to show my true creativity by being one of the designers and working on the final product for our customer. In the other group we are dividing tasks and put everything together at the end. Both groups are working great together and coming up with ideas on the spot for any assignment/question. Everybody gets to be week leader and manage how everything is done the specific week as well as everybody’s input is used and valued.
I don’t really know how to evaluate my own work, so i will conduct a small questionnaire for my team mates to conclude. (to be continued)
I missed a couple of classes so i didn’t manage to give 100% of my input. I’m really sorry for that and i’m trying to get back on course.
Concerning the whole class, i think there are groups that communicate great with each other and groups and/or individuals that don’t. I think changing the groups at a certain amount of time will help diverse ideas and opinions and also help the entire class know each other better and motivate each other to become awesome innovators.
Let’s talk a bit about teachers, students, study groups and how is it affecting and facilitating everybody.
What actually is this “facilitation” ?
Exhibit 1: Roger Schwarz on group facilitation
Group facilitation is a process in which a person whose selection is acceptable to all members of the group, who is substantively neutral, and who has no substantive decision-making authority diagnoses and intervenes to help a group improve how it identifies and solves problems and makes decisions, to increase the group’s effectiveness.
The facilitator’s main task is to help the group increase effectiveness by improving its process and structure. (Schwarz 2002: 5)
What is technology stewardship?
“Technology stewards are people with enough experience of the workings of a community to understand its technology needs, and enough experience with technology to take leadership in addressing those needs”
(Wenger, E., White, N., Smith, J.D., 2009, Digital Habitats: stewarding technology for communities” CPSquare)
In a few words, technology stewardship refers to those people that have that sense of getting things done, by using all the resources available out there. These people can, for example, shape how the actions of a group proceed (how information is spread, assuring everybody gets the information, sharing files and documents etc.).
So how do your preferences influence the tool that you are using?
Each of us is unique, meaning each of us has his/her own personality, likes, dislikes, needs and wants. The possibility that the Internet gives us today, is that each individual can choose an online tool to use, by the criteria above (more or others). They come in a wide range from websites that mostly host text and pictures (as a blog) to huge social communities such as Facebook.
What happens to these preferences while an individual is a part of a group?
Well, we all know that people influence one other in certain amounts. So what if every member has his own preference? From my point of view, there are only 2 possible outcomes. Either the group of people that work together adopt one single tool to use, if they’re all happy about it or they use multiple platforms, which usually gets kinda tricky to control (it may happen that not everybody gets access to that information).
What would i do?
Tricky question. Most likely i would share one or more tools that i use and ask the group what they think about it, listen to other propositions and start asking questions to find the one that best suits our needs. Or do some research about other tools that i haven’t used by now.
Coming back to how people influence one another. If someone comes up with an interesting idea, usually my opinion would be “Let’s give it a try.”. You could say that i like to challenge myself and test out some other peoples ideas or do some research before jumping to conclusions.
In one of my school groups, from the very beginning we started brainstorming about online tools and jumped right on some that we all use and have in common. Even though we are using multiple platforms to reach our goals, we manage to keep everything organised and in it’s place for a better result.
Cheers to our groups!
Well, here we are in week 3 of school group work.
It’s going fine, from my opinion. That said on a few words. I like our groups, people are fun to work with and just fun to hang around with. We’ve found some things that we have in common and spent some time together. The atmosphere in which we work is great, we could be a bit more enthusiastic about it, but anyway.
We did not find any challenges up till now that we couldn’t pass and i hope it will stay that way.
If i would do one thing to try and make everything better, i would try to schedule a couple of extra-school meetings, where we can work but also enjoy ourselves, so people can become more comfortable with each other. Which in my opinion, increases productivity and efficiency.
It’s been great working with you guys so far, hope it will stay the same!
Facebook seems to be a common discussion subject nowadays. Well, then let’s talk about it for a bit. I am a usual Facebook user, which means i browse around, share pictures, locations etc. I interact with people along the way that share some of my interests. I actually made a couple of good friends thanks to Facebook. Let’s not forget all the private groups! Jeez! I’ll have enough pretty soon. I think there are groups for absolutely everything on Facebook.
For me the most comfortable way to use Facebook is to add only people you know to not make it crowded and become the victim of the infernal abyss that is “notifications”. It can get ugly (1mil+ notifications).
I’m thinking let’s try something new with Facebook. I wonder if a new search engine to find people would work. You know, just by ticking some characteristics. Meaning: hair colour, hight, gender, sports, hobbies, education etc.
From what i have researched, it apparently would be an “in trend thing”.
What do you guys think?
We can put a definition on it, or philosophise about it till the end of time.
Communities and networks are groups of people that share experiences, ideas, photos, music and more.
Nowadays, they have become a way, primarily for people who know each other priorly in real life, to interact with one another.
Innovation Design focuses on what people want to change in a product or create a new one to offer a solution to a problem.
Well, designers have to find inspiration. Which they can find in a good book, a magazine, the world around them, or just by asking friends or random people on the internet.
Posting questions on the internet may help you get ideas but at the same time it can help you get feedback on a certain project/idea.