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Week 8 Most Hectic Ever

Good day lovely readers,

Since friday I have never seen this much grey hairs see appearing on my head. We’ve got much stuff to do and it’s getting a bit overwhelming! But these busy days do hint, that the end of this course is drawing near.

Claire and I have been working on the video and it has not been going really easy actually. We are both very perfectionistic apparently and this isn’t always a good thing. Due to the amount of time we have, we really had to diminish our expectations and deal with it.

Considering the four themes of the project, the one that is most important for our NGO BouwQuest is Marketing. The three things I think that could play a key role in the process is:

1. BRANDING ->  The way he communicates to the audience should be consistent. Now it isn’t.

2. WEBSITE -> Visualize his awesome work. He is a great architect, but his website doesn’t show his beautifully designed houses.

3. Use Facebook for business purposes, since marketing on Facebook is easy and cheap.

I’m giving my apologies for this weeks blog, but I really want to make this video work, so I’ll spend my time in Premiere!

Thanks for reading!

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Think Forward & Look Back

It’s unbelievable, but we have almost reached the end of the first block. Time went really fast! There is still much to do though and we have to focus on moving forward, but before that let’s take a look at the last couple of weeks!

In one of the first blogs I stated that I wanted to learn about online communities and networks, and how they could contribute to the design process. What can I say about this after seven weeks? Online communities can help in several ways actually. As a designer you can use the online communities and networks to harvest information for your project (so it’s knowledge). You can use communities to create awareness and even raise funding for your project (crowd funding)! You can let other people be creative with you to get more and different insights (crowdsourcing). I think these are the most useful parts of how online communities can contribute to your project or how you could help other designers. But online communities can be used for a lot more than only design, they also can be used for entertainment, sharing and contribution. 

Though using online communities can be difficult and you could say that there are some rules / guidelines / principles (through my experience)! The most difficult part of online communities is teamwork. If you use online communities or networks for your design project and rely on others on the internet (usually online there are a lot of people). It is hard to manage good cooperation and communication. So the first principle is good communication is essential for good teamwork. On to the second! In one of my earlier post I stated the importance of contribution. Without contribution Wikipedia wouldn’t exist, without contribution of people communities don’t exist. So second principle is definitely that, for online communities to assist in the design process the contribution of members is essential. 

Of course this is not all I have learned last weeks, I learned a lot more in-depth information about crowdsourcing, crowd funding and how teams work. But this information was most directed at online communities. The next thing I’m very interested in, is related to personal branding and also to the last and fourth theme; Marketing! Since the world wide web is such an enormous place, how do you stand out? How can other people find you, since it is like being a needle in a haystack (if not worse!). For starting up a new company it is essential to know about traditional and digital marketing, because the supply is so enormous. 

Due to this course I started using twitter again. I didn’t really post, but I used twitter to follow our NGO and TED. I really fell in love with TED, because there are so many interesting videos to see! There are also videos about marketing, so I hope to learn from them in the future. And of course during the study here at IDE!

Thanks for reading!

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The power of the masses.

Hello there!

Personally I was intrigued by crowdfunding since Kickstarter made it’s way on to the internet. I have spend hours of searching through the website to find interesting ideas or products. Just so I could watch. I really enjoyed watching the promotional videos, since you often could see the entire design process, which interested and motivated me. I wanted to create a project by myself or with friends! Never happened though! I also searched for the most funded projects and tried to figure out why these were so successful. Of course it were badass ideas, but they all shared the same kind of video style (in my opinion). They copied Apple’s style of promoting products in a video, you know the simple white background, some designer sitting on a chair being all intelligent and full of passion, saying phrases like: This is the best product we have ever build, It’s amazing! It just astounds you! And it is done in such a way that it’s very enthusiastic, but still calm and serious (weird combination). This was when I started to lose interest, because they were all doing the same thing. And now we are here, going to talk about it!

So what is useful about crowdsourcing and crowdfunding? Well crowdsourcing can be very useful to all kind of things. Like when the crowd shares knowledge on traffic, usability testing (for example beta game) or decision making in design. So basically crowdsourcing is very useful for things that you can’t or is hard to accomplish by yourself (Or even when you don’t want to do it yourself). Crowdsourcing can also be more affordable or feasible, for small tasks. The most important thing of crowdsourcing I think is the ability to use and focus all the knowledge of the crowd in to one place, because if it’s done correctly it can be very powerful (Wikipedia).
Crowdfunding on the other end can raise awareness about your business and it can be a fast way to raise finance! The investors can also follow your project and help creating more awareness. So I guess you can see the benefits! It is awesome!

Crowdsourcing in design, is when projects are funded for a large group of people to design something. Like the website I talked about earlier. If the designers can work individually on like a logo, crowdsourcing can be a good alternative to a professional. Though when designers have to work on one project as a group online? That’s like to many chefs in the kitchen! It won’t work that well, unless there is some serious organization and planning. There have been successful crowdsourced designs like the Rally Fighter car.

So let’s talk about the advantages and disadvantages! The main advantage of crowdsourcing is that it’s more affordable compared to hiring a professional. Second, there are many people who are willing to work for you. So there is easy accessibility to a high number of people. But these advantages also bring disadvantages, like less credible products (compared to professionals), more difficult tasks are riskier, managing a large group of people, people can stop working on the project any time. 

If I consider this, I would give one advise: You can use crowdsourcing on the design of simple things, like a poster or a logo or a name. Do this when you’re short on budget. You can get nice and quick results for less money spent! It may even give you an insight on which way to go with your brand’s expression. Don’t use crowdsourcing when designing a car, UNLESS you can prepare and organize in such a way, you can outsmart the disadvantages.

Thanks for reading!

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Maturing.

It seems a lot can happen in four weeks! Our group is coming to the point where we understand each other a little bit better. The awkwardness has left the building, so to speak! Still last couple of days I probably was very hard to deal with, since I stopped smoking on 1 October. I’m sorry guys! haha (They will probably understand!)

It’s because we have a wonderful group! Everyone knows what and when to contribute. Last friday I double checked if Christian thought his presentation was well prepared. He said: Yes it is alright Stefan, don’t worry. I guess I still worry to much and have to trust another’s capabilities. Especially since Christian rocked his presentation! So basically I think we have proven each other what we can do and this brings forth trust. 
We’re a group of seven and I guess we manage pretty well, Lina and Derisa are excellent with planning and communication. If we have work to do, we divide the work and make it separately, since it’s easier to work in smaller groups. Also when the work is done, we come together again. Last week we came together at Lina’s place to work on the project. Eszter had baked cookies and it was lovely! So we are not only working but also getting to know each others culture a bit.

For the next weeks I want to worry less and to trust more! Also I would like to discuss with the team about, maybe assigning someone to positively influence the decision making process (and how?), so we can make faster progress with the project. 

Thanks for reading!

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Audi Sketch!



Audi Sketch!

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Audi Sketch!



Audi Sketch!

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Drops in the ocean.

           

We’re all drops in the ocean, we call the internet. By the end of 2014 there will be 3 billion internet users in the whole world! That’s almost 50 % of the world population! Holy Cows! Though it doesn’t come near the amount of real drops of water in the oceans of the Earth, but that are a lot of drops! We all have our own behavior considering the usage of the internet. Some use it to find and harvest information, others contribute to the knowledge out there (good example: Wikipedia). Some use it for entertainment, others for shopping etc. The possibilities are endless!

In one of my previous blogs I already talked about what kind of internet tools I use, but I haven’t really talked about some networks I participate in. I prefer places where people work together to accomplish something. First there is Reddit, I occasionally discuss/speculate on the Litecoin sub-Reddit. Litecoin is a crypto currency, its Bitcoin’s little brother (also referred as silver compared to bitcoin being gold). I own some Litecoins and there was a time where I constantly looked at the charts to see its value dropping or raising. On Reddit there is news and a lot of speculation going on and I like to hop in. So basically it’s contributing, sharing and harvesting information. The second one is a forum about manga, I’ve been reading Naruto for six years now and it comes out every week. On forums I discuss chapters and read predictions. So it’s more of an entertainment value.
Bright is a dutch website about technology, design and products. They post  news daily and readers can leave comments. Often there arises discussion between readers, which is fun to join in. 

I’m not sure whether to discuss which ways of using the internet is most comfortable or is of most value to me. The internet is a thing of contribution, whether you post personal photos or contribute to the existing of crypto currency. The most valuable thing is that we create the internet together by contributing information in any kind of shape and size. Just like drops of water, creating an ocean.

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Design Online by Stefan de oude.

Drops in the ocean.

           

We’re all drops in the ocean, we call the internet. By the end of 2014 there will be 3 billion internet users in the whole world! That’s almost 50 % of the world population! Holy Cows! Though it doesn’t come near the amount of real drops of water in the oceans of the Earth, but that are a lot of drops! We all have our own behavior considering the usage of the internet. Some use it to find and harvest information, others contribute to the knowledge out there (good example: Wikipedia). Some use it for entertainment, others for shopping etc. The possibilities are endless!

In one of my previous blogs I already talked about what kind of internet tools I use, but I haven’t really talked about some networks I participate in. I prefer places where people work together to accomplish something. First there is Reddit, I occasionally discuss/speculate on the Litecoin sub-Reddit. Litecoin is a crypto currency, its Bitcoin’s little brother (also referred as silver compared to bitcoin being gold). I own some Litecoins and there was a time where I constantly looked at the charts to see its value dropping or raising. On Reddit there is news and a lot of speculation going on and I like to hop in. So basically it’s contributing, sharing and harvesting information. The second one is a forum about manga, I’ve been reading Naruto for six years now and it comes out every week. On forums I discuss chapters and read predictions. So it’s more of an entertainment value.
Bright is a dutch website about technology, design and products. They post  news daily and readers can leave comments. Often there arises discussion between readers, which is fun to join in. 

I’m not sure whether to discuss which ways of using the internet is most comfortable or is of most value to me. The internet is a thing of contribution, whether you post personal photos or contribute to the existing of crypto currency. The most valuable thing is that we create the internet together by contributing information in any kind of shape and size. Just like drops of water, creating an ocean.

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Project from the past.

During my study at the TU Delft I followed a design course, which was part of the first year. For 10 weeks we had to come up with a concept of a toy for children. So I went through al phases of the design process until the concept phase (Analyse, Idea generation, Concept phase). Here is a VERY short summary!

Basic ergonomics (Analyse phase).

Concept phase, this is one out of three concepts.

The concept was basically a skateboard which is powered by moving the angled board.

Here I was trying to figure out how to get rid of the back and forth movement, since I wanted to only go forwards. Of course using a freewheel would do the job. But I also needed to build the ‘prototype’ mostly out of wood and wasn’t allowed to buy gears and chains.

And this was my solution for the prototype. The gear is slightly rounded, which results in only grabbing in one direction. I was going to use inner tire to construct a chain. Of course the final concept would still consists out of a real gear and chain. 

SolidWorks!

Prototype done!

Testing! Safety comes first! Then it is adjusting and presenting the final concept:

There is no chain (I heard you thinking), because it really is very difficult to add a chain into SolidWorks! 

I know it’s adorable.

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Progress.

Finally! We have arranged a meeting with our NGO! I was beginning to worry, about our pace. Compared to other teams we have got much more work left to do, but I belief we will get there! As a team we’ll have to be more committed to the project, but again I have faith! To get better insides in how to improve our teamwork we created a spidergram:

As you can see, we’ve got to improve our communication, planning and have more meetings. In the upcoming days we’re planning a google hangout with Nancy, to access some of her expertise! I think it’s a great idea to brainstorm with the team, how we’ll be going to improve these aspects!

Back to our upcoming meeting! Last week we called our NGO since he didn’t react to our emails. I got to talk to him and was very pleased to hear, that he would really like to meet us in person! YEAH! Yes, even though there are useful online tools, I still do prefer face to face contact. Thank god I didn’t grow up with a mobile phone or iPad. Which makes me think about if I have chosen the right profession, since the youngest generation are going to have a lot of social problems I guess. But yeah, I’m looking forward meeting our NGO. We are going to ask tons of questions and hopefully build a good relationship.

This week’s theme was really about analyzing(for our team). We created a mind map, summing up what BouwQuest is about:

With the help of the mind map it becomes clear, how and what our NGO does. Still it arises a lot more questions, which we’ll have to ask in the next meeting. The team analyzed the website and we conclude (yet assume), communication, usage of online tools are aspects which our NGO trying to find its way in. The way the website is build could use some improvement, to make it become more understandable and easy to read. Yet if you read the blogs of our NGO you can clearly feel the passion, which is inspiring to see!

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