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Week #8: Design of Online Communities

How do you base your community project is up to you, but of course as I mention in all my blogs, the core are the people.

For example if you want to base your community when photography is involved, of course the main topic of your community you will take on images they take or which you want to represent. But when you want to involve your community work they are the best solution although it’s not always the best decision to base your feedback on images only. But you have to choose a core.

Deviantart is a good example of community which is really complicated. It’s based on images and on text as well. In fact it’s a community based on creativity itself. It is a product of a years of work and hard dedication. And not only of staff behind it, but a huge amount of feedback and work as well was done by contribution of community. It would’ve never made without it.

Another good example I have is just to show how quickly you can exploit a market targeting privileged. Is for every one well known Facebook. First they invited students from Oxford only what made their Social network privileged. And then I don’t even need to tell how they followed. Of course it was made functional and functions like tagging in my imho made it very attractive, but marketing made a very huge role in granting first market share for the company. As in Deviantart example we can see that it was made to serve purpose and grew from it.
 

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Posted in All Students, Group 9, Marketing Products
This was originally published at strange Behaviour

Week #4: Dat Tech Guy

Today’s world have this very fast growth speed of technology. Doesn’t matter which direction you will look at, games industry or software, you will see that new versions, fixes and updates of platforms which we use are reaching us more frequently than ever. And I will tell you a fact, not a secret, phase will keep rising up.

Me personally have some software I like, but that mostly depends on how much I’ve worked with it, so whenever there’s is a need of using a different one I don’t get frustrated too much. I just do it.

Of course if you’re working on the team there may be more strict choices made by people who don’t like changing their working environment so much. Well if there is a situation that with certain people a compromise just can’t be reached then at first I wouldn’t like to work with these kind a people. They may be left in management field, but in a design process it would be extremely painful for me to work with them. Although I could, because I am flexible. Anyway, I believe these kind a people rarely get to a creative process so I believe there’s always a room for a group agreement. If still a person has a ‘crush’ on his software of choice then a group just should assign a whole task to that man and hope that he gets it right. Of course feedback and corrections afterwards are a must.

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I was a quite sometimes ‘dat tech guy’ in the group who held the responsibility to gather all the knowledge in digital so we could share it easier within and outside the group. Of course I have preferences like using ‘skype’ for a messenger, but people from different background use different messengers and sometimes skype is the rare one in the group so you got to adjust and find a sweet spot for the group communication. So you take a look for other preferences and even sometimes adjust your own as soon as you find something relevant for yourself. That’s innovation, but just in your tools for working with software. I always try to find better newer software, because some of it becomes outdated and then being overtaken by more advanced technology. In other words to say to be competitive you have to follow trends all the time. Doesn’t it apply for most of today’s competiveness in our world?

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Posted in All Students, Group 9, Marketing Products
This was originally published at strange Behaviour

Design challenges and Online Communities

What if I had a Design challenge which I needed help on? Where could I find the best support and creative thoughts. There so many platforms out there which all provide for a different audience.

So having made that conclusion, I’d look at what kind of project I have on my hands and try to find a fitting platform for the problem I’m dealing with. Some choices are pretty straight forward. For instance you’ll probably get the largest audience via facebook since it has the largest community.

But maybe I’m dealing with a technical problem? I’m might try to go to Instructables.com which have loads of different DIY projects and a great community to help you out, although forums do great as well they are focused slightly more on a specific subject.

On the other hand I could be having a funding problem, in which case the obvious way to go is a crowd funding site like Kickstarter or Indiegogo.

Finally collaboration works great on basecamp or google docs.

In the end every problem has a different solution, which is not strange since each and every problem is different. Though if you want to reach the full potential of your project you shouldn’t stick to one platform.

If I had a project I’d make sure it was available on a lot of platforms, so as to reach a wider platform, more and wider range of feedback and convenient for most any situation. Defining it more closely: a basis in Facebook (which everyone uses daily) a crowdfunded part to define and/or create a market with buying customers. And a blog! Especially the blog is important, since you can change the way in looks to fit you project, you can get feedback easily, and make it feel more personal.

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Posted in All Students, Group 6, Idea Networks
This was originally published at Nout Hogesteeger

Learning from communities for innovation design

Innovation and Design are two very wide notions, they are easily explained but much less easy understood. Luckily you don’t need to understand them completely to make use of them.

A Great example to me are community sourced ideas, pages that combine a great idea with loads of others or give one person with a great idea the backing/support he or she needs to continue. I hope I can one day be of assistance by adding to an existing idea or solution, or coming up with a solution for something.

The greatest thing though about most of these community (actually all of them) people collaborate out of free will, this unforced collaboration makes idea creation and elaboration so much easier. Compromises or adaptations -to the existing idea- are more easily made since someone started the project to get feedback and suggestions and is will to use these things.

And most of all these innovations are a group effort, so no one will claim or want to claim single right to the solution, evading troublesome things as patent wars etc.

I do not only want to learn from these online communities but I want to add something I feel is useful or even useless(to me) and hope I is useful for someone else.

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Posted in All Students, Group 6, Idea Networks
This was originally published at Nout Hogesteeger

A New Face of Community

What changes the definition of community?

  • The definition of community has developed from offline transferring it into the online world.

What it was before was constructed as a group-base forum from a single particular area. If you dwell from the referred area, you automatically become a part of that community -This definition is obsolete. In the online world, social interactions are no longer confined by physical presence. This makes them more mobile and flexible, growing parallel with technology innovation and the rapid transformation of society -This leads to a next level of demand towards simplicity, having your networks at your finger tips, which channels opportunities for the new breed of open innovator designers to devise sustainable format of online platforms and values that are future proof (this is what I’m hoping to learn from this Project Community course).

- I did a small research about what online community most of indonesian students, those who are currently studying at THUAS, use as a social media for exchanging thoughts and getting connected:

  • http://www.kaskus.co.id -The Largest Indonesian Community; this forum helps the students to keep updated of discussions for whatever’s happening in Indonesia and all over the Globe.
  • https://www.facebook.com -One of the Largest Social Networking in the World; since they’re studying abroad, this platform not only helps them keeping in touch with their families and friends but also a media for sharing their lists of personal interests, contact information and other personal information to get attached with others who have something in common stated on their profile.
  • https://www.twitter.com -An Online Social Networking Service and Microblogging Service; mostly used for pointless babble, conversational, pass-along valueself-promotion, spam, news.
  • http://www.youtube.com -A Video Sharing Website; when things get dull and boring or feeling lonely, they know just the resource to look for :p

Happy weekend!

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Posted in All Students, Customer Communities, Group 5
This was originally published at Ayesha Nabila