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Journey to the End

                Now that everything is coming to an end, this last few days we use to put all the pieces together, the challenge, solution, and of course the final deliverable assignment of this course, the video. Yap we have to make a five minutes long video contains of:

  • Introduction of our NGO
  • Our NGO challenge
  • The solution based on research with our own argument
  • And our learning reflection (minor or side content)

This video will be watched together by the student, the teacher, and the NGO on the final presentation day (which is next Wednesday).

                Basically I’m not the whose in charge for the video making process, its Stefan and Claire jobs as the tech-stewards but we as a whole team also help them with it. We start to making the video this week by brainstorming the style of the video, is it going be animation, stop motion, over voice video or something else. After arguing for a couple hour we agree to use animation as the general style, but then we decide that this should be one serious, formal animated video rather than a goofy one due to the personality of our client (Carl Peter is a bit serious working type person). The next meeting is the hardest one, we try to brainstorm again, this time to make (rough)story board but we completely stuck. Everyone seems tired because of the piling up assignment with a tight deadline and limited time available. Then Ezter play her role as a good tea manager, she told Stefan and Claire to talks about some technical stuff and the rest of us get a paper and put our ideas on it and later on we combine it together. This method proof to be working because after that we get our main line of the story board.

                In the last class thanks to Laura and Mathias we can improved our story board that sums up everything in general. This is or story board

We know that this is still so general but we believes it is enough for the group because for the complete line (frame by frame) Stefan and Claire already have something in their mind, besides if we have to decide it as a group it will take so much time, and time is something we don’t have right now. So while the tech-steward busy with their stuff the rest of the group help them by providing all the content they asked for. We really looking forward for the finalization of the video!

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New World

Sometimes I wonder, is it just me or it is the world that transforming so fast? Five years ago I saw my father went to a contractor gathering every Sunday back in Indonesia, when I asked why he said it is important to him to maintain a good relationship in order to enlarge his working communities and also to expand his knowledge in the field of construction. Now once again I have a chance to see the work of someone in the same working field as my father, my NGO Bouwquest. But what I see now is completely different from five years ago. Nowadays every single thing is done online, including creating networks. Carl Peter (CEO and founder of Bouwquest) doesn’t have to go anywhere every Sunday just to see people and talk about things that related to his work (designer, architect, house construction). He does it every day in his laptop through what we called forums, portals, social media, etc. His major online platform (for his work) is his website http://www.bouwquest.nl , but he also use his social media like Facebook and Twitter as a campaign tools about his latest design, besides he also create an architecture portal called http://www.passreg.eu In the last meeting with him (which we’ve done online as well) I asked this question “why do you have so many different online tools?” then he answered “why not? I want to reach more and more people, also we have to adapt to the world we live now”. At that moment his word zap my mind, it is very true. So I pulled the red line and I come with this conclusion:

  1. First it is important to keep up with this world, if the world done it digitally so do we have to done it as well, so we don’t left behind, so we have enough resources, so we can blend into the communities.
  2. Second it is important to have different online platforms. Imagine this online platforms as your hands, the more hands you have the more things you can reach at the same time. Carl peter can attract younger generation with his Facebook and Twitter, while at the same time he can gathered more ideas through his architecture portal.
  3. Last but not least it is important to show your existence in all those online platforms. You may have hundred different online communities but It is useless if you’re not contributing anything or at least checking them regularly (posting ideas, reply post, tweeting, etc)

Furthermore there is one thing that I learned as well from my NGO, the importance of visual design in your platform. Bouwquest Facebook pages (https://www.facebook.com/pages/BouwQuest) only have 6 likes so far, while T&T (https://www.facebook.com/TTNGONews) Facebook pages have more than 700 likes. If you visit the link below you can see the difference, T&T have more structured and visual centered pages, while Bouwquest pages seems to be flat and plain. This is one of the design principle that I would keep in my mind.

Finally, in the future I would love to go deeper into Crowdfunding, how to make a good campaign, what aspect to be present, who is the target donator, and stuff like that. Ideas may be the key for a good innovator, but we can’t deny the fact that to realize some ideas we need financial support, and sometimes it’s impossible to rely on our money box.

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New World

Sometimes I wonder, is it just me or it is the world that transforming so fast? Five years ago I saw my father went to a contractor gathering every Sunday back in Indonesia, when I asked why he said it is important to him to maintain a good relationship in order to enlarge his working communities and also to expand his knowledge in the field of construction. Now once again I have a chance to see the work of someone in the same working field as my father, my NGO Bouwquest. But what I see now is completely different from five years ago. Nowadays every single thing is done online, including creating networks. Carl Peter (CEO and founder of Bouwquest) doesn’t have to go anywhere every Sunday just to see people and talk about things that related to his work (designer, architect, house construction). He does it every day in his laptop through what we called forums, portals, social media, etc. His major online platform (for his work) is his website http://www.bouwquest.nl , but he also use his social media like Facebook and Twitter as a campaign tools about his latest design, besides he also create an architecture portal called http://www.passreg.eu In the last meeting with him (which we’ve done online as well) I asked this question “why do you have so many different online tools?” then he answered “why not? I want to reach more and more people, also we have to adapt to the world we live now”. At that moment his word zap my mind, it is very true. So I pulled the red line and I come with this conclusion:

  1. First it is important to keep up with this world, if the world done it digitally so do we have to done it as well, so we don’t left behind, so we have enough resources, so we can blend into the communities.
  2. Second it is important to have different online platforms. Imagine this online platforms as your hands, the more hands you have the more things you can reach at the same time. Carl peter can attract younger generation with his Facebook and Twitter, while at the same time he can gathered more ideas through his architecture portal.
  3. Last but not least it is important to show your existence in all those online platforms. You may have hundred different online communities but It is useless if you’re not contributing anything or at least checking them regularly (posting ideas, reply post, tweeting, etc)

Furthermore there is one thing that I learned as well from my NGO, the importance of visual design in your platform. Bouwquest Facebook pages (https://www.facebook.com/pages/BouwQuest) only have 6 likes so far, while T&T (https://www.facebook.com/TTNGONews) Facebook pages have more than 700 likes. If you visit the link below you can see the difference, T&T have more structured and visual centered pages, while Bouwquest pages seems to be flat and plain. This is one of the design principle that I would keep in my mind.

Finally, in the future I would love to go deeper into Crowdfunding, how to make a good campaign, what aspect to be present, who is the target donator, and stuff like that. Ideas may be the key for a good innovator, but we can’t deny the fact that to realize some ideas we need financial support, and sometimes it’s impossible to rely on our money box.

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Crowd(Funding&Sourcing)

The first thing that I noticed about crowdsourcing and crowdfunding is they both need the help of a lot people/community (that’s why they called it ‘crowd’). Personally I never really tried both of them, but I do know someone who does it before. She is a friend of mine, her name is Clara, she use crowdsourcing first to start gathering ideas to make a smart drinking bottle (drinking bottle that can hold enough water but don’t take so much space). She does give money in returns to the person who gives the best idea (so it like win to win situation). After that she start a campaign on angellist.com to realize the idea she’s got already through crowdsourcing. She promise to give the highest donator the first product but it turns out that the donator lives in China while she lives in Indonesia. In the next year the donator come to Indonesia to have visit my friend, not just to take the promised bottle but also to offer a partnership. From then on they working together as a partner.

In the story above I conclude that both crowdsourcing and crowdfunding are very useful not just to my friend but also to people around that community. On the crowdsourcing for example, my friend can have such a good and innovative ideas in a very short time compare to the cost she has to spend. As for the community they can compare each other ideas and reflect it so next time the can innovate something better. While in crowdfunding I think it’s not just about raising money bot also opportunity. In addition of getting all the money my friend needed, she also get the chance to create a partnership so she can expand her business even more (she never expect to get a partner from China).

It turns out that not every designer and innovator are agree about the uses of crowdsourcing in terms of generating ideas. They believes the terms of ‘buying’ people ideas is something against their life purpose. For them those idea seems fake and not original (while one of the most important value for a designer is their authenticity). They said time is the price for a single brilliant idea.

In my personal opinion I would have to say that this point of view it’s not wrong, but I don’t say that that it is right too. In the world where everything goes so fast, times is something rare and valuable, and we have to use it as efficient as possible. But how can we call ourselves a designer if we just pay people to create the design? So I think the best possible solution is by using crowdsourcing as a source of INSPIRATION instead of a source of ideas. We can combine our own idea and the idea from other people to get even greater ideas in a short period of time without throwing away our purpose and goal as a designer.

 

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7 is Good, 3 is Perfect, BAM!!!

Four weeks have passed after the first time our group was formed. There used to be only 4 people in our group (me, derissa, lina, and ester) then in the next week stefan, claire, and martje join our group. I really have no idea of all this people, to be honest I’m a bit scared. Scared that I can’t blend in, scared that I can’t rely on them, and most of all I’m scared I can’t get a good score for this course because the group doesn’t work well.

As the time passed by, and we spent more and more time together for this project I realized that I belong to the right groups! Stevan helps me a lot with the drawing, ester’s cookies is as good as drugs, derissa notes are the most reliable, lina’s jokes always lightened up the mood, claire always come up with an odd yet brilliant idea, and martje is really good at making decisions. One other thing that I like the most from this team is how all of them value each other’s team, they always come on time, participate in meeting, and give a good reason if they couldn’t make it.

As a group of course there’s also problem and challenge within it. In my point of view our team biggest challenge for now is how do we stay focus to our agenda during the meeting, most of the meeting ended up with a chit chat so we have to spent more time than we should. Also 4 peoples in our group is working so sometimes its hard for us to decide a perfect time for our meeting.

As for our NGO I believe our group is on the right path right now. We know what our client want (which we have to raise awareness of morphological design among architecture), and we’re still doing some research about it. Tomorrow our client will contact us again and we will moving forward accordingly to tomorrow results.

Chris and Dunbar may said that 7 is a magic number, but for me 3 is still the perfect one! BAM!

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Networks? COOL!

As an active, wild, and adventurous young adult, I believe that i have made a very good offline and online networks due to my good social skills. This network is not something that i built yesterday, it is an outgoing process since the first day i interact with other people till the end of my very age. Furthermore, I’m happy that i have established this very ‘colorful’ networks which already helps me a lot in many occasion. 

As for the online ones, i use this mostly to gather ideas, information, knowledge, and events, but sometimes i also use this to keep in touch with someone i can’t reach face to face, to keep in touch with my friends (who lives in indonesia) or relatives for example. I also use this networks to present my thoughts and ideas, so basically networks is not just about taking something, but its also giving something to the societies.

One real example of my online networks is www.facebook.com/groups/open-innovator. Its my school community specify to those who study industrial design engineering in Haagse Hogeschol, and I think one of the most useful networking for the moment. We share ideas, design, and most of all we share FUN! 

So, have you got your own networks?

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Me, Technology, and Online Tools

Personally yeah i’m a type of person who follow (and enjoy) the unlimited development of technology, and in my point of view it have more positive impact than the negative one. for examples online tools help people to connect to their loves one in a blink of an eye even though their separated for a thousand miles (which is impossible 20 years ago).

As for this project communities, technology (in this case online tools) is a very great and effective ways to do the communication (because some NGO exist outside the netherland or even europe). for our team project, we and our NGO agreed to use e-mail and/or skype (or google hangout) as our  major communication lines (which i have pretty familiar with). we use e-mail for the daily discussion and skype (or google hangout) to set up an online meetings. we choose this online platforms because it has a very good user interface and its common for us.

Among our group itself we use whats app and facebook as our major communication line, and again we choose this online platforms because it has a very good user interface and its common for us.

For myself, i believe that i can give a good portion of contribution in the field of technology (especially in online research and establishing good online platforms). i won’t say that i have master this fields but yeah, i’m pretty confidence with what i’ve got now. above all i will keep on developing my skills as the technology keep developing itself.

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“Vision is the art of seeing the invisble”

“Vision is the art of seeing the invisble”

- Jonathan Swift
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