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Techmeetup Glasgow 24 03-13 (slideshare version)


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I recently gave a Pecha Kucha talk on 'Designing beyond the visual' at TechMeetup Glasgow with Jamie Sunderland.

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Techmeetup Glasgow 24 03-13 (slideshare version)

  1. 1. Designing beyond the visualDuane HarrisonJamie SunderlandHi this is Duane and Jamie. We are final year Product Design students at the Glasgow Schoolof Art. We just wanted to share a few thoughts today about how we design and how it canapplied holistically.Friday, 10 May 2013
  2. 2. There is someone missing today. That’s Reynan on the right hand side. He’s currently doingan internship at i.labs in Tokyo. We have begun to work together to solve bigger problems.Between us we have worked in start-ups, technology companies and research labs.Friday, 10 May 2013
  3. 3. Are designerssharing?These are four statements by Anab Jain, director of London based design consultancySuperflux. We very much agree with them, in particular the fourth one. We believe there isan increased importance of the collective wisdom rather than individual knowledge.Friday, 10 May 2013
  4. 4. This is a nice example of how designers might share currently -Before going on exchange to Japan I followed designers and design researchers. One ofthem reached out to me first and later that year, I met her and her colleagues. It was a greatintroduction to many other designer researchers in Japan.Friday, 10 May 2013
  5. 5. Our connected world allows us to share things of interest and surprise. We set up a simplegroup Design Share. The mix of students and industry professionals are from differentcountries and disciplines. It delivers great articles and content which we normally wouldn’tcome across.Friday, 10 May 2013
  6. 6. Design Share Meet up 2013, CologneAnd Design Share was recently taken into the real world with our first meet up in Colongeearlier this year. We went deeper into discussing new ideas about design and the future ofdesigns application across various industries.Friday, 10 May 2013
  7. 7. We set up a collaborative blog to share different types of creative processes that have beenapplied to design and research projects. The processes stretch from the simple use ofquestions to bigger ways to prototype systems. We are excited to publish a selection of theseprocesses in a publication this summer. Get in touch at processindex.wordpress.comFriday, 10 May 2013
  8. 8. One of the processes is the 80/20 rule. Used as a way to plan and prioritise before diving intotasks; defining the 20% that can give the 80% return can prove of value to shorter time linesand quick tests. This process might be familiar to engineers as it has been mentioned byMicrosoft. The focus of task is increasingly tough an information overload culture.Friday, 10 May 2013
  9. 9. What are we goingto learn this week?Another process we apply is questioning what we can learn this week. By giving a learningoutcome of the week it is easier to measure what can often be intangible. This is particularlyimportant for start ups where information and insight from learning is often more valuablethan money. Instagram is a prime example of this as they finish in the bar on Friday to test.Friday, 10 May 2013
  10. 10. So how can we learning more? Seth regularly describes the art of shipping and “getting itout of the door to put in front of someone to criticise”. Getting hung up on aesthetics at theearly phase of projects is dangerous. We can only learn through shipping to those peoplewho might use it rather than by creating assumptions ourselves.Friday, 10 May 2013
  11. 11. Time management has been a focus of our recent project work, collaborating with a softwareengineer from the University of Glasgow. We questioned how time management could bedesigned not to feel like management. Sessions lets users pledge target time for a certainactivity. With it, one can track time spent on a certain activity over a period of time.Friday, 10 May 2013
  12. 12. How can we brainstorm better?We also questioned brainstorming. This image, in my previous experience, is a typical resultof brainstorming. It is usually done on paper, and we never usually go back to it. We startedto wonder"How can we brainstorm better?"Friday, 10 May 2013
  13. 13. This is the current outcome of the project. The initial idea was around circular, map-likestructure which encourages consideration from all angles. But a great byproduct of this isthat it almost forces the creation of more ideas as the space for ideas expands.Friday, 10 May 2013
  14. 14. Sharing the bookDo peopleshare books?However, we still believe the physical books are an unbeatable medium to trigger newconversations and develop trust over information. We recently experienced the power of thisintroducing service design using a book with a contact in a separate industry. From this theycould now question a lot more things related to customers and employees experiences.Friday, 10 May 2013
  15. 15. But is there opportunity to open up peoples bookshelves further to wider localise audiences?The surge of a shared economies proposes a different kind of consumption. Despite thisFlickr screenshot and the user annotating their books.. it seems a bit of waste to have theseidle local bookshelves that other people could enjoy and create new conversations with.Friday, 10 May 2013
  16. 16. Twitter is a great example of questioning the conventional ways and applying existingknowledge and behaviours into other contexts. What originated from Jack Dorsey’sfascination with the emergency services short communication as a teenage grew into aglobal public infrastructure that has opened up the world to other levels of liberation.Friday, 10 May 2013
  17. 17. When Jack first had insight into the way that the emergency services communicated andshared their location he would never have imagined a service like Twitter. It was his ability toconnect the dots looking back and timing in an age where everyone owns a mobile thatservice like Twitter seems viable.Friday, 10 May 2013
  18. 18. PROJECT SIZEPROJECT RANGEINFRASTRUCTURESOPHISTICATIONOf course, it is very difficult to discover and answer these questions. So are starting small,with the examples of the app and brainstorming and shared libraries. But we aim for eachproject to get bigger and hope our learning, capabilities and reach will grow too.Friday, 10 May 2013
  19. 19. What we can do now is to ask these big questions now and record them. It is of our interest toconnect the dots looking back when the timing is right, when societal and technologicaladvancements occur. We hope that in the future, by having developed better capabilities andby working with people smarter than us, we will be able to answer these bigger questions.Friday, 10 May 2013
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