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After 8 weeks of hard work, this course is now coming to an end. During the last week of class we concentrated on our final project, which is the video we had to make. 

First, we showed the teachers our first draft of the video to get an idea of how far we were in the process, and what we had to change or what we could leave like it was. We ended up getting pretty good feedback, which required us to work more on the lay out and the form of the video (effects, colors) than on the content itself, giving us more time to work on the last details. 

To make the whole process easier and faster, we did like always and split the group in three small groups with three different tasks. While Guilio and Raissa were the video making team and focused on putting the video together, David, Leticia and Ali worked on the script of the video and Alex and me (as the graphic design team) perfected our groups storyboard.

to conclude I will say that I enjoyed project community not only as a class but also as an experience of working with an NGO and a team of students. I am glad our group got along so well, it allowed us to focus on work while still making it enjoyable.

A big thank you to all members of Most Wanted!! :)

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Online Innovation

In the past few years the role of online communities has completely changed. Not only its implication in our daily life has considerably increased, it also became one the best type of platform to promote anything from a cause to a new product. 

Indeed, social networks allow anyone a fairly easy access to interaction with basically the rest of the world. That only makes online communities a nearly perfect platform for innovative design because they allow designers to put there product out there, for the world to see. For instance, nowadays Facebook and Twitter are a better option than creating a website for starter designers. Furthermore, online communities offer more than visibility and promotion to innovative design, they can also be the source of funding for ones project, as we saw last week with crowdfunding and crowdsourcing. “KIva Zip” and “Kickstarter” are two great examples for the concept of crowdfunding, they both allow people to create funding for the entrepreneurs they support. 

Lastly, let’s not forget that the whole project we are all working on for weeks already is based on online communities. Indeed, Facebook, Skype, or even Google hangouts, allow us to keep in contact with our NGOs (which are based all the way in the United states for some of us) and share ideas and solutions with them.

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Crowdfunding

Hey,

As the end of the module is becoming sooner and sooner, our work is getting clearer. Indeed, we are now starting the final step of our project, the video. But enough said on our progress, let’s talk about crowdfunding.

Crowdfunding is the practice of raising money from a large number of people interested in the service you want to create, usually done via the internet. It is fueled by three actors, the initiator, who needs the funds, the group that supports his project and last but not least the platform that makes raising these funds possible. 

Seen as an easy way to get funds for your project, crowdfunding is a pretty nice concept, but the thing is that people that put money into your project then expect some kind of service in return.

That is why in the world of design, crowdfunding might not be the way to go, because when your project doesn’t involve some kind of service the fund raiser will be able to profit from, you might not get any funds at all, or even after you get them people will come back to you and ask for their money back.

There is a good side to it though, for instance crowdfunding gives you and your product so much visibility even before the product is created that you will spend less time trying to get that visibility. 

Good or bad, the concept of crowdfunding is working very well, in 2013 its industry grew to be more than $5 billion worldwide.

Crowdsourcing is a similar concept (that includes crowdfunding). It is the process of obtaining services, ideas, or even content through the help of a large community such as an online community for instance. 

The crowd sourcing platform (99designs is an example) acts as a middle man between the client and the designers. So not only does it give various companies an easy way to innovate in the graphic design world by putting them in contact with multiple potential graphic designers but it also allows those designers to have a chance to work for the biggest companies in the world. 

Although it seems like a win-win situation, the words of Dan Ibarra, co-founder of Aesthetic Apparatus (a design studio) raise an important point. He states that “99designs is something akin to a Walmart […] It’s not necessarily dedicated to bringing you good work, but to bring you a lot of it. That’s not necessarily better.”.

I completely agree with Ibarra’s statement because I believe that quality is way more important than quantity. Something that someone thought about, and spend a lot of time working on will always be better than a lot of various product made in a hurry to please the client. 

Peaaace

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Crowdfunding

Hey,

As the end of the module is becoming sooner and sooner, our work is getting clearer. Indeed, we are now starting the final step of our project, the video. But enough said on our progress, let’s talk about crowdfunding.

Crowdfunding is the practice of raising money from a large number of people interested in the service you want to create, usually done via the internet. It is fueled by three actors, the initiator, who needs the funds, the group that supports his project and last but not least the platform that makes raising these funds possible. 

Seen as an easy way to get funds for your project, crowdfunding is a pretty nice concept, but the thing is that people that put money into your project then expect some kind of service in return.

That is why in the world of design, crowdfunding might not be the way to go, because when your project doesn’t involve some kind of service the fund raiser will be able to profit from, you might not get any funds at all, or even after you get them people will come back to you and ask for their money back.

There is a good side to it though, for instance crowdfunding gives you and your product so much visibility even before the product is created that you will spend less time trying to get that visibility. 

Good or bad, the concept of crowdfunding is working very well, in 2013 its industry grew to be more than $5 billion worldwide.

Peaaace

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We still ballin

Hey,

After four weeks of consistent work, I think that we are still in a really good situation with the work we have left to do. The reason why we’re progressing so well and so fast in our project is because everything is set and agreed on in advance. Indeed, instead of setting up a Skype meeting with the NGO or a hang out with Nancy only when we think we need it, we planned from the first week on to Skype with our client every tuesday and hang out with Nancy every Wednesday, which kind of forces us to have those meetings and thus go forward. Moreover, another thing that allowed us to work well as a group is the work division we hd from the beginning of the course as well, it facilitates the process and makes it clearer for everyone since we each have a little part of the bigger picture to work on.

Peaaace

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fourth week

Hellooo,

This week was even more productive than the last three!! Indeed, we had our first meeting with the NGO (which was very successful) and a second hangout with Nancy (which helped us clarify the little things that weren’t yet). 

During class we discussed this kind of relation between the NGO and the individual, through the internet and decided that we wanted to help them create a web platform that would allow the Tiny Houses lovers to not only harvest information about their way of life but also get in contact with people with similar interests all around the world. This platform would be a big step because it would bring the few websites and Fb groups they already have on one platform, which would suit the whole community aspect better. 

As of my relation with networks, I think harvest more information then I put out there, but I still participate in interactions with other members or groups when I feel interested. I think the problem for me is that I am to lazy though, because sustaining a blog for example takes time and efforts, which I don’t necessarily want to put in hahaha. I enjoy reading and harvesting information more than putting my own out there. 

Peaace!

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We Ballin

hey there :)

Last session was really productive for our group actually.
Taking advantage from the preparation and the progress we had made during the week we used yesterday to finalize all our questions/propositions we had for our client, create a spidergram, and to finally experience a google hang out with Nancy. The hang out was really helpful and by answering all our questions Nancy put us on the right path for our first skype meeting with the NGO we are working with.
After two weeks of group work I can say that this project is way clearer to me than when we just started (which is pretty logic I guess). I feel like we are really prepared to meet our client, we have so many ideas and propositions for them that I don’t see what could go wrong :). Now we just have to wait for their reply.

See you next week for an update on our situation!! :)

Peaaace

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