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Saying goodbye

My last blog this module and to be honest I’m relieved. As you might of noticed I’m not the blog writing kind:p What I will miss is the group, yesterday they told us that we’ll be in different groups next module and I almost shed a tear… That is a bit exaggerated, but I was a sad!

I really enjoyed working together and the fun we had. I don’t think that we’ll lose contact after this, Wednesday we are going for a beer.

As I explained in the last blog I’ve learned this course so I won’t repeat that. The final conclusion for our NGO is make his website more user friendly. So the theme marketing. That was also the first problem we faced. We were appointed our NGO and thrown into the deep. Let’s get started we all thought, but then we noticed his whole website was in Dutch. No problem for me but the majority of our group and classmates are international students. So the task was appointed to me and Stefan to translate the website. While I was searching through the website I noticed that is was very hard to navigate and got a bit lost. There was no real logic in the website. A lot of professional terms where used, and for someone who doesn’t know a lot about architecture that was very hard to understand. 

From a marketing perspective your website is your brand. It’s what your customers sees first. Your idea can be amazing and innovative but that won’t matter if that doesn’t come across.

The solution is making an English version of the website and make it more user friendly.

To end this blog, here a couple pictures of the adventures of group BAM!


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learning process

What have I learned from this course? To be honest, I can’t really think of anything on the top of my mind. That sounds horrible, but it is not what is seems. My head is bit of a chaos, a maze of weird thought, a lot of music and a lot of information obtained by this course. All swirling together, so to get a clear vision I’ll have to write it down. And well, I’m doing that now;)

Well this course is about online communities, and as a product from this generation you can’t deny that online communities are a big part of your life, if you like it or not. But I never stood still with the fact that that part will on increase during your professional life, especially when you become a designer. Designing is not an exact science, there is no right or wrong. There is only the need of others and your own you want to please. You have to stand out in the crowd, but how can you do that if nobody knows you exist and what you are creating.

In my past blogs I’ve always preached about the importance of face to face communication, and I stand by that point. But for finding the people to communicate with, online communities are amazing. I, and probably most of the population, can’t afford it to go across the world just to talk so someone or show your designs.

And something you also have to realise, how original are you? If you aren’t up to date with the new innovations, it’s possible you aren’t as innovative as you think. You don’t want to spent a year designing a product that already exist. You can use online communities to find that hole in the market, something that doesn’t yet exist but is much needed.

Before starting this course my knowledge of online communities was very limited, mainly social networks. I was used getting inspiration from walking outside, going places and meeting other people. I never believed in getting inspiration by just sitting behind a computer screen.

But that bias has gone completely, it’s not just looking at pretty pictures, but also keeping up to date with new innovations, meeting new people an making your voice heard.

What I want to learn next? Well we learned the basics this module, which communities there are, and which one we could use. But we didn’t learn about the process and experience of using it. I think that is a very big part. Learning about the pros and cons of certain communities and talking to people who have used it.

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Who want to help??

I can lie and tell you that I wrote this blog 3 weeks ago, like I should of done, but I’m going to be honest. I didn’t and I feel really stupid right now…

To refresh my memory I looked up crowdfunding and crowdsourcing again. I did this because I had no idea what they really mend or what the difference was. I’ve heard them come by once in a while. A start-up company is having a big event or doing something funny to raise money for their project, or websites like Kickstarter. I never really came in contact with them because I never had use of them. Now that I’m planning on becoming a designer I probably will. So a very good subject to reflect on.

Crowdsourcing is the process of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people, and especially from an online community, rather than from traditional employees or suppliers.

The personal blog reflection prompt sais ‘many designers have the inclination to “go it alone” and not seek the input of other designers or end users’ especially with crowdsourcing. I can see that point and a lot of times I am one of them. I’m a ‘bit’ stubborn and like to be left alone with my projects. But when you think of it, as a designer, you create things, hopefully things that other people can use and will buy. You have to keep your target group in mind if you want to become successful. You can think you have the most amazing designs and creations but if nobody will like it and/or buy them, what’s the use? With crowdsourcing you can have the opinions and input of others, your target group. And at the end you are in control and you decide what the final product will be.

Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, typically via the internet.

Crowdfunding is something completely different. Getting the money to produce your final product. With crowdsourcing I can’t really see any downsides, but with this I can. Designing a product and actually producing are 2 steps very far apart. And the gap is created by money, like almost every problem in this world… Getting the money is great, you can finally realise your dream. The downside of is that money almost never comes without any consequences. If people invest a lot of money in your project, they want something in return. A cut of the profit or a say in the final design. These are things you really have to think about before entering such an agreement.

 Now let me take a look at Bouwquest, could Carl-Peter profit from either one of these options? Yes he could, but he doesn’t really need crowdfunding, he already has a working company and he is already active in a lot of crowdsourcing communities. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, you name it. Come to think of it, I remember that we had some difficulty the week of this subject. We didn’t really know how to answer it for our NGO. We came to the conclusion that he needed to use the crowdsourcing communities more effectively, also one of the conclusions in our final video.

This week we also had a meeting with Carl-Peter and he completely changed our assignment. We went form morphological design to ‘make insulation sexy’, I know, what the ****!!

Insulations is not something you see, how the hell are you going to make it sexy was my first reaction. We had a lot of fun brainstorming about this idea, every commend and suggestion had a sexual content, we are all young, we can’t help it.

We have to think more in the line of this image;)

Well that’s it for the first catch up blog writing, on to the next.

See you in a hour!






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too few, too many, or just right?

STARR (Situation, tasks, actions, result, reflection).

Our group is 7 man strong, we all have opinions, thoughts, jokes and personalities, but how well do we work together?


I don’t know my group members that long so calling them friends is a big word for me, but that doesn’t take away the fact that I like them a lot.

At the beginning of this module we were randomly put in groups, and our group became BAM. We were all a little bit shy at the beginning, Scanning everyone, what are they wearing, how are they acting, what do they say, at least I was doing that.

We are 5 weeks along right now and the hesitation and shyness has almost completely disappeared, and I like it. We can work together, laugh together and meet each other for drinks. That’s what works for me, getting to know one and other outside of school, knowing their likes and dislikes. That way you know what their strengths are, and which tasks should be assigned to them.


The first lesson we assigned tasks amongst ourselves, and that was before we got to know each other. I must say that we choose very well. Eszter became the group leader, our mother, and she lives up to the task, even baked us cookies last meeting! Christian is the communicator because we all know right know, he likes to talk. Claire and Stefan are the technical guys in the group, they are going to make the final video. Lina is the time manager and Derisa is the secretary. But where do I fit in? I do the dutch communication, and help everyone out where ever I can.


Well the tasks are divided and we know the assignment from our NGO. The class is about online communities and how to use them to our advantage. So you would say we use those communities for creating awareness about morphological design as well. The only problem is our NGO is already using every online network that I know of. Facebook, LinkedIn, twitter, etc. So where do we start?

My task was researching architectural communities, and believe there are a lot. But we had an advantage, Laura is an architect and used to be on the board of such a community. Awesome!

So at the moment I’m also writing an email to a community Laura recommended, and hopefully they respond enthusiastically, and are willing to meet us for a discussion about morphological design.

We also made a survey to pass around the architect student at school, and perhaps some teachers.


Results… Well I think it is a little bit early for results for out NGO. But the results in the dealings in our group are great. We know what to do, and we are worth separately from each other. And the most important thing, we like each other, at least I hope so.


When I look back on what I just wrote, I notice that I didn’t talk about the impact of the size of the group, or our different cultures. That’s because I think that that doesn’t really matter to us. I don’t notice a difference in interacting with different cultures and our size is just right.

If I have to pick one thing I would do differently coming weeks, I would like to not put everything of until the last minute anymore. That is a flaw I have, and I know I have to work on it. But realising it is the first step.



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me and everyone else

I often get told that I have to put my phone away, it’s rude they say. I can understand that, but I also can’t help it that my curiosity is sometimes bigger than my politeness. With one click you can discover every story and details you want and I want to know everything.

I tried, well I had nog choice actually , living without my phone for a week. Nothing to keep me up to date and entertained but myself and my friends.

I think we are the generation where it all started. We were brought up with the first mobile phones and computers. I remember my father’s first phone, this little dark blue thing, which made the most horrible sound when somebody called it and you couldn’t change it. But that was also all it could do, call and be called. Look where we are now, we are annoyed when our internet doesn’t work. We are almost depended on it, I know I get lost everywhere if I didn’t have my phone. Simply asking people for directions doesn’t even come to mind the first 10 minutes, so weird. But also looking things up in the library was normal when I was in primary school, kids nowadays know there way better around the internet than their parents, and perhaps also me.

The main social networks I use are Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. The reason I use Facebook and Instagram is to look at pictures, I’m a very visual person. But apart from that I don’t really interact with people there. I find it a tat impersonal, like I said I want visual communication, so chatting online doesn’t really cut it for me.

The online network that is most valuable to me is WhatsApp, I think that counts for most of us. It is kind of chatting online, but different. It is more personal I think. One on one, and also way more private than other online communication tools.

So yes WhatsApp is also the tool I’m most comfortable with, it’s easy and private. The only way people can send me a message there is if they have my number, and that is not easy to come by if you don’t know me!

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spidergram bouwquest

spidergram bouwquest

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hello world, again!

Hello world, again.

Things a getting more and more clear, yesterday’s class was really useful. We are finally working towards a goal. Next Tuesday we are finally meeting our NGO, and the best part, it is face to face. We also made a spidergram about our NGO, pretty difficult, but still, we tried.

I know this class is about online communities and online tools and even though skype and Google hangout is amazing. For me nothing beats a face to face conversation. Perhaps not a popular opinion in this group, I know. I’m just really good at reading someone’s body language, and a lot of that gets lost in online communication…

To safe myself, I will say that not all the meeting have to be in person, but at least one. Than you really get to know the other person.

I’m really looking forward to our meeting, and knowing the assignment especially.

Talk to you next time world

Bye bye

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Hello world

Hello world

This is my first blog ever and I feel a little bit weird while writing this. Weird that my thought are visible for the whole world. Not that they will read it, but still. So hang in there while I figure this out.

Project community, not what I was expecting. To be honest I didn’t know what I was expecting. And when I walked out of my first class it didn’t really became any clearer. It is about only communities, and how we can use them in our design career, okay and then. Nancy said it right with her word, confusiasm!

I like the idea of a blog, a little less formal then writing a reflection after each class. And it is perfect for the subject, community. By joining tumblr I became a member of a new community, one which I will like hopefully!

But I’m rambling a bit, our first blog post had to be about what we expect from this class.
I expect to learn the tips and tricks about online communities, when, where and how we are going the use them.
It’s going to be al learning progress, that is for sure.

Hopefully I have some more information and insight next blog post, especially for myself.

Talk to you then world

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