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Designers… do we crowdsource or what?

Hey everyone!

This week we’ve been talking all about crowdfunding and crowdsourcing and how they might be able to help our NGO or even us as designers. The first thing is not confusing crowdfunding and crowdsourcing which surprisingly are two completely different things. Crowdfunding is getting the financial backing from investors and people that want to help your cause. While crowdsourcing, Is like outsourcing but its main goal isn’t its cheap cost on labor but being able to outsource things that aren’t in your expertise. Such as coding, translation, etc. It ranges here all based on what expertise your looking for. 

Crowdsourcing, I can see why designers would be hesitant about it because you essentially, through crowdsourcing our asking either an individual or group of people to solve a problem that you have with your design/idea or asking people to collaborate with your design/idea which I find, can be a touchy subject. For instance….this teacher and student

Source: http://www.socialsignal.com/tags/crowdsourcing (Rob Cottingham)

Obviously, this individual assignment was not to be crowdsourced. Hahaha

I’d say in terms of a designer if you can use your expertise you should use it but there is nothing wrong with crowdsourcing certain things. I think if you have highly developed your design idea and then crowdsource it to make it either more plausible or stronger. It is still your idea. Which I feel can be blurred for designers because we like to think of ourselves as inventors and ideally we want to be the sole creator of our work. Also, the fear sets in that someone could potentially steal our idea if outsourced, but to create a strong product or brand most of the time we do need some outside help. 

In terms of crowdfunding as a designer, I can see why designers would be  inclined to do this, most projects need start up money. I feel that as a designer, unless you are designing something that can benefit society as a whole it may be harder to find a big donator or supporters. Not to mention, to attract a big donator and a lot of supporters the designer would need to find a crowdfunding platform that focuses on the transparency of budgets,  a highly detailed budget list (because this is where the big spenders go.) Donators/ funders seek crowdfunding platforms and organizations/projects that are reliable. They want to know where their money is going. Which in turn, makes the process for getting your project/organization on one of these platforms a little more complicated as you have to basically prove (with a lot of paperwork) that your worth it! Dat ka$h makes you dance so you got to show them all your moves…hahahaSource: dancing GIFs on Giphy.com

Anyway, so now the pros of crowdsourcing

- Creates a solid/strong product or project

- Easier to find solutions

-Has a link to making crowdfunding from bigger funders more likely (because your idea is solidified by all the expertise)

And now…the cons

-May not feel like your idea anymore (quality change)

-Costs can arise when dealing with outside sources

-Rules/goals of the project (lines can become blurred)

-Outside sources can steal your idea and go elsewhere

Really, the cons are more challenges, most of them can be solved if; from the outset of the project you have a set idea and what you specifically want in terms of the quality of your project, things will tend to go more smoothly; try to pick trusted people so people don’t walk off with your idea (I know is hard, this is the risk); You have to keep good management on the costs of things, keeping track of what NEEDS to be spent (being completely involved/ an active member of spending); You constantly need to within your project set rules and guidelines of the project as more users/experts are added to the project and keep in mind the way you approach certain problems will change in different aspects of the project (circumstances aren’t always the same.)

I think crowdsourcing for designers is a great idea. But it’s a tricky one. I probably would do it in the future. 

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Bright Ideas

source tumblr: danjonesbloguk.tumblr.com

My group and I have been exploring the possibility of virtual internships with local universities of Appalachia to work with the PAGE organization. After talking with Liz from the NGO, we have a better idea of what the girls would want to be learning in these programs. I don’t have the list in front of me but its along the lines of; cooking, nature, and fashion. And with this,  I think we have a better idea of how we are going to appeal to these college students into becoming interns.

I thought it would be a good idea to appeal to education majors because it would be good experience for them and is something they would be more inclined to do. Although, now with this given information of the girls topics of interest, I know we can go broader with our audience of these local universities. We can appeal to the personal interests of these college students. Lets just say the chat really helped.

This virtual internship program has a few needs of its own though…

My group recognizes PAGE’s need for technological equipment and this leads us to our next bright idea…to be able to provide page with enough computers and nooks/kindles to promote digital literacy. Which means finding a company that donates technology to organizations like PAGE. 

All in all to make this happen, we have decided to split up tasks which has been working pretty well for us. I cant wait to see what we turn out. 

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Cracking the Whip (week 5)

Hey guys, 

its been some time since I’ve been here but here it goes!

This has been an exceptionally busy/ interesting Proj Comm week for my group, coming into week 6 my group and I really saw the need to finalize our main ideas for our NGO. After today I feel as though my group and I are finally starting to find our bearings, especially after or solidification of our goals for PAGE and our video call with Liz from PAGE.  As a group of 7 it’s easy for us to brainstorm, however, I do notice during group meetings there really are usually 3-4 people that are contributing verbally while the introverts become the listeners (something Chris Corrigan mentioned.) I never really thought about group size, well besides the fact that the bigger the group the more I hate working in it…I never really understood why until now…

After listening to Chris talk about the significance of group size and how it alters your results of creativity. I tried to think about how I could apply this to what I’ve experienced in group projects before. Its sort of like an equation between the numbers of members in a group and the personality types of the people in the groups. And I don’t mean specific personality traits but two generalized categories of extrovert and introvert. It’s not precisely accurate because it can go a lot of different ways but this is what I I’ve seen happen in general. And I am not a big fan of math so stay with me…

Group Math: rationalizing personalities  ( this is me pretending this is an actual theory in my math book hahaha) 

 examples: 

1 extrovert + 1 introvert = One sided creativity if the introvert becomes intimidated by the extrovert 

1 extrovert + 1 extrovert = Budding heads but most likely an overwhelmingly creative idea that may be confusing to audience, or an end result of nothing really at all…

1 introvert + 1 introvert =  Great working team but maybe creativity that is on the timid side and is not pushing the envelope

Now bigger numbers…. this is where things get really complicated….

2 extroverts + 1 introvert = Great dynamic because you have somewhat of a mediator between the two extroverts if budding heads, or just a great dynamic because groups of 3 ultimately create a devil’s advocate. Always good, great creativity.

Now further…the bigger the group gets, the harder it is to come to a final idea.

3 introverts + 2 extroverts = Pretty good flow of creativity because somehow odd numbers work better, and with more introverts than extroverts, the extroverts wont feel need to take over the group. Because there are two confident talkers and 3 maybe more shy talkers, extroverts wont feel the need to take the leader role. It becomes pretty neutral. 

I don’t even know if this makes any sense… so I’m gonna stop. But with my group Ive noticed that we have an interesting ratio of introverts to extroverts but also 7 people which is a lot of people to work with. 

We haven’t applied any group brainstorming tools, such as; working in smaller groups within our group and coming together after brainstorming to share ideas.  I think this would have totally benefited us. Even though, now that our group is in the final stages of finalizing ideas I think that this train has already passed.

Its not a bad thing though because it seems that we are on similar pages now. We all just want to get to the end result and make something happen. MY GROUP IS CRACKING DOWN and…

source: tumblr, user karinamunguia 

yeah haha even though this picture is so ironic. It is getting pretty real. 

Normally, I think it is really easy to brainstorm with 2 or 3 people that has been my experience…I also really like the ideas of the braid method derived from the café method where you break of into tinier groups (within your big group, but this has to be a pretty big group 8-14) but these tinier groups are sitting at smaller tables next to each other and like a “braid” you continue the flow of information from table to table sharing ideas. There is a scribe (recorder) at each smaller table noting what each smaller group is saying. And then you come together at the end…. 

I’d say we would be able to use this sort of idea however, a little bit different. If we combined my group 8 and then group 7 and followed this structure. I think it might benefit us all. 

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Tools

Online tools. Depending on which social media medium you’re using there are loads of options for advertising. Like making an event on Facebook or a page on Facebook or even tagging on sites like tumblr and instagram are tools im pretty confident/ comfortable with. There are definitely more tools I can learn so i’m planning on making a list by going around asking people what tools they use for awareness of a specific event/ organization. ..I am blocked from blackboard currently.  So thats that. But as soon as im not, i’ll be making an effort to get situated with that online tool as well. 

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ALSO

One of my groups challenges has been the why? this PAGE is important. But how can PAGE appeal to a large audience to offer their help/services. 

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Lost in a sea of confusion-but where theres a will….theres a way

Hello guys,

It’s hard for me to talk about this technological stewardship when i’ve been coughing into my pillow all week. I have tonsillitis and have been kind of technologically detached. My group has caught me up on what they’ve deemed as a key challenge for our NGO (PAGE) which pretty much comes down to getting the word out about PAGE. My groups focus is getting other communities aware; such as our school, internationally, etc.  However, the how we are still pondering…

SO how do we get the word out? 

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Source: Ehow.com

 http://www.ehow.com/how_17218_word-nonprofit-organization.html

Just browsing I did find an article on e-how about how to get your non profit organization known… lets just say desperate times desperate measures ay. Their idea’s weren’t bad, considering they follow the traditional way to get an unknown non-profit organization known. Mail, radio, television billboards, buses, etc. 

It got me thinking about a technological platform….

PAGE has a Facebook, twitter, and website page. All the information is there, its really just finding out what catches peoples attention. This organization needs a “catch”. What that is im not sure yet but I feel like I may be getting somewhere…

I immediately thought what makes a large community pay attention….a  party….everybody loves a party. Again, don’t know the how, but its a cool idea…

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Source: anon tumblr account/ Spongebob

Haha love this gif!

side note:  A technological tool i’ve been using is tagging. Which is such great way to get things known on tumblr or even instagram (another social medium that could be used.) I use tag words that are vague that I know a lot of people will look up. 

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Never used tumblr like this before…

I have never completely understood the other uses that tumblr and other online sharing communities offered. The obvious reason is to spread awareness but I feel like a majority of online community users don’t post or repost things that have a significant impact on the world. I can imagine the original use for these sites was to spread global awareness of many issues and also new solutions. This excess of animal gifs, memes, hipster girls, and Game of Thrones, I understand can be more appealing ( I love em’ too) but new ideas about the world are too. Ideas that haven’t been brought to light yet, or that perhaps have, but havent resurfaced in a while. These are not the ideas that you gaze upon your computer screen, bored, at 3 in the morning. These are the ideas that just maybe… can change the way you see the sky. 

So glad im doing this, hence the name, Blogging for Good haha 

Wish me luckk

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NGO GO GO GO

Yeah im enthusiastic because ironically enough most of my group consists of girls and this great NGO is (PAGE) Partnership for Appalachian Girls Education. This organization offers young girls and women guidance by providing them with literacy skills and a healthy environment to allow them to thrive in a world where its already hard to be a girl… 

Still don’t know the how, but I think my group and I will be able to help (:

http://www.carolinapage.org/

modern day, Rosie the Riveter support? yeah I guess Beyonce

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siosidesignandbuild:Ambrosia Desk in its new home! #desk…



siosidesignandbuild:

Ambrosia Desk in its new home! #desk #moderndesign #moderncraft #modernfurniture #woodshop #woodwork #lovewhatyoudo

Never had woodshop/carpentry in high school….Never too late to learn!

ALSO, this is just so cool! check out the links below if I could do something like this…yeah life would be great. 

CHECK OUT THESE LINKS 

same info just double the links

http://www.minimalisti.com/furniture/furniture-design/04/polymorphic-kinetic-installation-innovative-outdoor-furniture-design.html

http://inhabitat.com/polymorphic-kinetic-installation/

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Week 1

Hey guys, so,

I’ve learned quite a bit in my introduction week. A lot of new names and funny facts but also great new ideas. All in all, the group is great and super creative. However, this has not made this head on process any less confusing. Having so much freedom in my creative mind has left me boggled but i guess in a good way. Confusiasm has definitely taken root, but im rolling with it. 

For starters, my team works great together. Its always hard working in a group but I feel that we all offer up ideas that conjure up feedback for more ideas. So the brainstorms are good. We all get along pretty well, and I can  only see it getting better. 

TEAMWORKKK

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