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Once this group convenes and develops its project focus and team name, this will tell you more about this group.

I thing that online networks look quite messy firstly but after…



I thing that online networks look quite messy firstly but after some practice they become easygoing…For example google hangouts or groupcall on Skype is just simple process which provides big scale of options. Talking as a group a longway distance between each other – How confortable..
I can go through all needed tools on facebook, tumblr, gmail and skype. These things are not difficult to learn. However I am more interested in Photoshops, moviemakers , and sketching ( no matter if on laptop or on paper) … I am in process of mastering them and I find them very helpful and needed in any issue concerning Design and NGO.

My personal preferences drive my choosed tools directly in meaning of that they are meeting the purpose of my role in our group… (visual side) … and I aleready know that in general meaning have got common preference which is devided into roles which everyone got .

Being online is one big part of everyones life and to influence some communitie or to create, develop some innovative ideas .. this is the very valuable option to use wisely …

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Communities and (social) networks are generally very useful…



Communities and (social) networks are generally very useful tools in case of helping students(especially as a designers ). They may find support and innovative ideas by being involved in, as much as they can. By getting know more and more communities, student get to know much more information and that means that he can put his developed ideas influenced by communities support into meaningful and radical inventions and creations …
What do I need & want to learn, from application of online communities and networks to open innovation design? Basically , I personally want to know how to cope with variety of different situations the innovative designer have to cope with.. I find global design not very changeable but adaptable.. It seems like those innovation are coming in waves which are repeating every couple of years. I think that usually designers are not inventing something new( in one point of view) but they should solve issues which weren’t solved in past… because in past designers were basically doing the same as now… By using knowledge of communities I would like to know how to solve a huge variety of issues and global problems and needs. What “specialty quality” will you bring and contribute?
I can help to my group by visualizations, innovative ideas and ecological solutions and I hope my effort will be very useful.
Btw… Our NGO is resolving quite big topic including The research, documentation, preservation, protection, promotion, rational management of natural heritage, architectural heritage, the natural and built environment and the overall cultural heritage of all time in Greece, Cyprus and internationally. I thing its very interesting and it has got a future global usage.

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Project communities resit group. Meeting number one. Our first…



Project communities resit group. Meeting number one.

Our first group meeting of those who are taking resits was on wendsday 3.12.2014. We discussed and devided our roles in this group and set up the date of first meeting with Nancy White.And we discussed our NGO which supposed to be from Greece called www.monumenta.org aimd for saving and repairing old monumental structures.It is not really to write a lot about the first meeting but i am looking forward the others and I hope we will be succcsessful in this resits as a whole well-working group.

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Project communities resit group. Meeting number one.

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Themes themes themes (week 8)

Which of the themse weve been looking into so far will be the most use towards your goal of solving the unmet need of your ngo? Give at least 3 reasons why and tell who/what you think will play the key role towards success during the process.  What do you think the soltions should be and wh?

A multimedia presentation typically contains at least one of the following elements: video, animation, sound (voice over or background music), and navigation structure.

Following this guideline our group decided to incorporate a few elements to create an interesting multimedia presentation with the aim to be informative and interesting.

We want to include video, a presentation with a clear navigation structure with a voice over and a video at the end of someone speaking concluding the points made. 

The presentation will start with a short clip of a user interacting with the NGO website.  This will make a clear start of the user and to maybe reveal some fundamental issues with the website on face value.  We feel that this will be a powerful opening as it will be visible what the main issues of the site are, that is what the starting point should be.

From this, a presentation using prezi will begin with a voice over narrating and explaining the points on the presentation.  We chose prezi for the presentation as there is a clear flow in navigation, they are clear and easy to use.  On the presentation summarised notes will be displayed as the narration will be doing most of the explaining and elaboration.  This will keep the viewers’ attention as there won’t be too much text displayed which will avoid boredom from the viewer.  Rather have the narration explain these points clearly to ensure clear communication and thus an overall better understanding. 

From the presentation I hope the NGO will realise that the main problem he is currently facing is poor communication on his website.  A lot of useful information is displayed but almost too much.  The website lacks structure and a clear path of navigation.  Because of this I feel a lot of potential supporters are lost.   The NGO has to realise that a website is a fundamental communication platform of information to the world.  If this platform is poorly made and structured, it simply means a low level of support.

Solutions should contain a clear navigation system throughout the website, a clean structure of information and a clear donation button as the website runs on donations – this should be one of the most obvious and clear options on the site.

-S

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Food for thought.

WEEK NUMBER 8 was aimed on making group video solving some…



WEEK NUMBER 8 was aimed on making group video solving some chosen issue. We did our video about the problem of one donation website called childrenofmexico.com. And what was going on there, i am writting under this sentence.

The first part of Video is representing a little disappointment of student who just found out website called childrenofmexico.com. In the other parts of the video is explained what are the main aspect of the website which should be changed to make this website runs much better. We made 3 main solutions which should be done to make this website better.
1.Lack of ‘’donate now’’ button – the process of making donation in this website is not that difficult but the ability to donate should be more visible and accessible. The one great example is given in official Unicef donation website.
2. Display of information be more selective in what information is posted- allow more English option,(The creator of the website must take into account that more language option makes the website more global ionvolved and understandable.
3.Organize information in a more specific tabs to make the website more clear
Add visible access links to social media and forum - build a forum within the website to allow supporters to contribute to website and feel more involved.

The web is one of the most powerful marketing tools , what can lead to global-help development. The important point of website is to give a good impression to the visitor of a site , the more focuse on the way the content is displayed- what is the goal of the website, what do you want to achieve through the use of website and build it up from there. According to research made by Dell computers co. the larger images can lead to low visitor bounce by almost 30%.

The site have many good attributes, possibily a few too many. By being more selective what is displayed and updating the website to allow users to become more involved the website will succeed and continue to thrive.

As for my group.
As we ve been through many different exercises as a group we developed our skills in collaborating in team. No matter whats the individual role in a group everyone is putting as much effort as they can to built up this and that makes our group unique and special.
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The process of video making

As my previous blog post shows - we had a lot of fun in the process of making the final video for Project Community.
After 8 weeks of researching, organizing and getting to know each other, the time to summarize our work has came.
The last time to separate tasks as a group, and get things finished. We are only four people, some more active than the others, but that’s how a group works.
We started as creating a storyboard, on which the presentation and handout were built, in the end I had to edit the whole information and come up with a video.
Believe me, editing needs a lot of time and effort, because sometimes the software used is not working properly and you have to start all over again. However, we made it! The video is done.
All in all, I’d like to conclude that the purpose of this course was really interesting, I just hope that next time the support level inside the group will increase, the activity as well.
Looking forward in helping our NGO and, fingers crossed, that we succeed.

Thanks to our lecturers, their tips and advices, we’ve found the right way to our goal. Thank you!

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: RIGHT ON TARGET

The week’s 7 class of project communities was about marketing…



The week’s 7 class of project communities was about marketing and we tried to focus more on NGOs issue…We were shown many examples of successful marketing. For example, we were watching a video introduced by Meggie Williams talking about marketing approach.
She used a sample of Coca Cola co. marketing. The main question there was…- “What can we learn from Coca Cola ?” Basically, Coca-Cola Co. reaches every single corner on earth and in one way, this can teach NGOs a lesson.

What exactly I learned about topic solving innovative design in meaning of usage of online communities and networks? —— I find online communities and networks as a bumper source of knowledge and informations.
I didn’t learn that much as I have known, but many thing are much more clear and more understandable right now…

Nowadays, so much content is uploaded everywhere and every single second, it is nearly impossible to get noticed somehow if you are not original and innovative.
To success, you have to be one step forward from the average.

What I would like to learn in the very near future is every single techniques which is used in online designing and put it more further to make benefits from that. Is not that difficult because guides for that can be found easily on the internet.

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Free at last, free at last…we are free at last!

It is true that Multi-media presentations are worth more than pictures, and even more than just plain text. On this week’s post, I will first reflect on the video making experience, and then about our client and his need and our solution put on tape for him ;).

In my belief, an effective presentation of this kind should be dynamic, clear and motivating. For instance, an animation, a traditionally-shot movie or a recording from the point of view of the main character with a Go-Pro cam in his or her head are different valid techniques. Of course, depending on the issue of the video, the technique that will be chosen: has is to be impressing? Funny? Or is it more related with being practic and easy to record and edit? These are all things that must be taken into consideration.

It’s all about communicating and getting the viewer to think or do something, like making him or her aware of climate change or do something about it. During the video, the “Why” should be always clear. The viewer is just one click away of watching something else, so every single second of the presentation should remind him or her of the reason why it is important to pay attention to the content. Again, key words: clarity, precise and straight to the point information and a reason to believe…and to watch ;).

So, what’s important to conceive a video that covers the previously mentioned? Good images/takes, clear sound and/or voices, a proper story line, good animations (if used), and as stated before, a “Why”.

Regarding to the content, the story should go smoothly. The message should be clear and innovative, and the conclusion as well. To me, just as with good ideas, the viewer should be able to define or summarize the presentation’s main idea in one or two lines in his or her head after having seen it.

During the workshop given by Shahab we were shown different techniques and ways of conceiving a good video. However, I understood that the only way to deeply get all this is to do it and experience it yourself. Only while shooting, editing, recording voices or finding the music that suited the narration the best, I kind of understood the importance of the storyboard, for instance. Having a well structured plan is very important to have a coherent presentation that will catch the viewer’s attention.

Also, the feedback was essential. I asked a friend for help to shoot and she gave me awesome ideas: different takes, angles, even a different approach on the meaning I wanted to transmit. After editing, or during it, some students watched my in-process presentation and pointed out some interesting things regarding its length, the scenes that could be included or taken out, the music, and of course, and most importantly, what they felt. I was really happy to hear that from them, since I think that is leading me closer to having a stronger reason to believe, which is the key in all this.

Last, but not least on this, I had a Skype meeting with Nancy. Even though it was not related to personal branding, she gave some good tips (I am reflecting on the making of the personal branding video, as we have just started with the one for Project Communities). She advised us not to try to convince the viewer at last (in the conclusion-like part of the video), but instead from the very beginning, and remind him or her of this all the way through. This was an awesome insight, since I hadn’t thought about this at all! This is why feedback is so good!

Related to the blog prompt, and as a conclusion and closing to this part of the reflection, I think that the themes that will be of the most use towards the goal of solving the unmet need of the NGO could be condensed or summarized in one: the key to success in this process will be to truly reaching the viewer. To convince, to clearly paint the situation and express the “WHY”.

Everything, specially a website (the issue our group has to tackle) is about communicating. Even though it goes both ways (the visitor gets information from it and can also contribute or participate), and a video only gets feedback with a video response or in the “comments” section, the message must be clear and friendly, and must allow feedback to be given without thinking twice.

Our client’s  site (childrenofmexico.net), should specifically need to work in 3 or 4 things:

Being more interesting and less tiring visually…even for those willing to stay and read all the content, it is only in English (and some in Dutch, but not in English!!!) and no Spanish at all. Also, when browsing, the social media links are found (yes, finally!) at the end of it…), but when you check twitter, for instance, well… it’s kind of sad. Only 23 followers; and poor activity. Discouraging to say the least.

Communication, next. What about the newsletter? Could it work better? Are people receiving emails and actually read them? Would it be easier to use only facebook? I know some other NGOs that understood that people tend to be on facebook most of the time, so they send information through this canal instead of boring mails, which people just half-read with the false promise of doing so later; apart from that, they make their website less packed with info. I guess, the director of Children of Mexico never thought about the importance of getting his page Liked…

Is the website’s goal clear? Communicating the “Why” effectively is the key, as said before. It was pretty useful to me to find the 5 words that describe my brand on Personal Branding; what are Children of Mexico’s ones? Being clear is important…could the NGO make an introductory video explaining their mission and vision? I am sure that would trigger more donations.

Of course, this can take time…but what about crowd sourcing? (Yes, 2 weeks ago theme!). People who can´t help with money can help with time and knowledge, and that could be even more useful. Having someone to help having a better website, videos, better social media, etc., would get more people to donate or contribute differently. Either way, this is a virtuous cycle.

Considering we are in the last 100 meters to the goal, we should put our best effort in producing a presentation that will hopefully make a change. I don´t know if we will make it, but I´m sure we’ll put our best effort and get the best out of it. By now, I should be already sleeping…Good night!

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Week6- Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding (pros and…



Week6- Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding (pros and cons)
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.-(Merriam Webster ). This is clear definition of crowdsourcing which i find very accurately.

However, crowdsourcing and crowdfunding are issues that designers have to deal with every day. To succsess in this as a designer is not that easy. Sometimes the designers have to think quite conservative and that makes crowdfunding chellenging.


Crowdsourcing has often been used in the past as a competition in order to discover a solution.
Many designers prefer doing crowd sourcing research on their own , with no help of other designers(that makes the market more competetive and when there are more companies involved in crowd sourcing research that makes market more progressive and the skills of individuals are developping …. That means the solutions are more clear, well- targed and more meaningful …and they are developping every year. .
Today, crowdsourcing has transferred mainly to the Internet.

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