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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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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Maartje..

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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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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Maartje..

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!

Xx

Maartje

 

 

 

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Without Tears

Last week, last blog. Do not know why but it felt that I did not want to write this last blog at all. I think, only one reason was that it feels sad to be done with this course. It seemed that we were growing so fast in Project Communities course. Our knowledge of online communities was getting wider and wider every single day. However, everything has the end as well as our NGO project.

Two days and we will have to deliver the results of project on which we have been working for more than 8 weeks. I already mentioned it at the beginning, that for me it feels sad that this course is almost on it finals. It was great opportunity to be a part of this amazing experience that we earned during all these  lectures, Google Hangouts with Nancy, meeting with  Carl - Peter and of course, learning from our tutors - Laura and Mathajs big THANK YOU who supported.

I remember my first blog during week one. I was so excited about starting this course and writing blogs. I was excited as much as I was nervous at the same time. Never did blogs before, did not even had idea how it should look like. More personal? More official? More professional? I was like a little girl who was scared of the dark.  And now I am looking at myself. So many blogs done, so many reports. One of them have been better other ones not that good, but most important that now I am confident in writing personal reports and finally I am felling joy by doing it.

Talking about final week, I could say that I am also proud that I was part of Group 3 - during all this time our group’s members improved their knowledge with project about passive houses, morphological design, Crowdfunding and how it affects company and etc. really fast. Journey was interesting from the start when we had this call from architecture Carl - Peter by asking to come to his company and have real meeting with him. Everything was getting more and more exciting. Of course, as in all journeys we had some adventures as well. For example, our project’s company BouwQuest have changed problem twice. For us it was scary, we had to start in the middle of the project all over from the start again. But at the same time, I think, It was one of the best lessons for us, because that is how it goes in a real designers life. Unplanned changes last minute, unsuccessful projects, unhappy customers. It is just a part of hard work.

Talking about hard work, from Carl - Peter we were asked to came up with idea how to raise awareness about morphological design and how to make insulation “sexy”. Our group chose topic - Marketing. We think that by using Online Communities in a right order we can bring solution for BouwQuest.

Firstly, these days Online Community is doing extremely big influent for companies. They are sharing knowledge, ideas. Online Communities is the best way to raise awareness about passive houses. For example, by uploading information about latest  projects of Carl - Peter to the Facebook page of BouwQuest.

Other solution for our NGO, that our group came up, is to make BouwQuest’s page more attractive for customers. For example, more information about projects, personal blogs from Carl - Peter or even design/architecture projects from personal portfolio of Carl - Peter  would bring more interest from young designers/architects. Sharing is one of the most important things if we will talk about Marketing. Make your product attractive and people will talk about it and that is how you will raise awareness about your specific and outstanding design.

All in all, I feel happy and sad at the same time. This journey was full of new experiences, adventures and challenges. I never thought that Online Communities, Networks, tools could have such a big influent in to designers life. I am really looking forward to know much more about it because this course of Project Communities brought curiosity to know much more. Big Thank You would like to say to my perfect team BEM. I appreciate of your respect, finding time, teamwork and friendship , that is how collaboration should look like. !!!  

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

Finally final weekend

Finally, the last blog post! Yay, I’m so happy that the end of this module is coming. It doesn’t mean I was desiring to finish this module:p. I enjoyed a lot and it was a meaningful time to get to know the process of how this module is going on. I’m not sure, but it feels like I can write this post in a more relax position than other posts. 

Now I’m under a bit of pressure and responsibility as a video expert. When the course has been started, I was worried about how can I participate in the group work with new students. Therefore, I was waiting the time to make a video at the end.

I want to say the process of video making is quite weird. With my group members and just with Stefan, we had several meetings for the storyboard, but on this Friday, finally, Stefan and I could organize that thing completely. Well, You might think ‘isn’t it too late?’.

Yes, it could be. However, that makes sense, since our NGO changed the question from ‘Raising awareness morphological design in the architect society’ to ‘make insulation SEXY’. Furthermore, Carl-peter already is using almost online communities, so my group spent a lot of time to come up with the ideas what to suggest to him (It means that our client is really a capable CEO). 

On this Friday we could step into the marvelous start. I dare say the first 16 seconds is such a great video. Even to make this video we had to overcome huge obstacles such as a part-time job and using ready-made footages from the YouTube. Both of us were aiming too high (both of us wanted to make like professional video), so we couldn’t start it easily.

However, now we have implicitly agreed on just making it  fast as we can and put everything we can use. We first decided like using after effect for the whole video, but we are considering about Prezi also(it doesn’t mean that we decided to use prezi now :p). Fortunately, I have collected and made some footages to use we could organize them with little editing. 

This is not a busy week. This is a harsh weekend.  In Korea, there’s a quote like this.

Make impossible possible.

This is my one of favorite quotes which comes from a Korean army. I think it’s time to move like this sentence. To make the impossible possible, I work more and more even until this time. 

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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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The Last Breath of Excitement

As people tend to say, time passes fast when you’re having fun. I wholeheartedly agree with this saying, although might I also add that time passes even faster when you’re in distress in getting all the assignments completed before the deadline! Just like this rollercoaster ride we have all been on, my experience is this; it felt like this ride took a split second to reach the end. One lesson I have learnt is not to underestimate the great experiences even the smallest amount of time can bring us.

A successful and enjoyable roller coaster ride is not just about how many loops or drops there are; it’s about the order of the ride, where the highs and lows are, and how they all flow together as one whole ride. This ensures the building up of excitement, the time it gives you to take in that last drop take a breath to soak in all the adrenaline, while the last and final obstacle before the end of the ride is to give you the last bit of excitement before you have to take in all the dizziness and stumble down the stairs.

This is process is just like how this project went. Although it seems as though time went by so fast, we started off by being slowly mounted onto the first drop, followed with more loops and obstacles to go through. Each obstacle represents the themes of each week. It felt like these themes were being thrown at us time after time, and barely did we feel like we had time to stop and take that breath. Of course, there are obstacles in the ride that tend to not give you that rush that you desire but yet you are forced to sit through it and make the best of it; in my case this would be the weeks in which the topics were of less ability to be of help to our NGO.  This doesn’t mean there was nothing to gain out of that week. Instead, it just challenged us to try think of that specific theme, in our case this would be crowdfunding and crowdsourcing, and see how we could look at it from a different perspective and change the context a bit for it to apply to our NGO. All in all, the order in which these themes were covered each helped us understand the following theme even better. Most importantly for our team, the most important one to us was our final theme of marketing. This enabled us to cleverly use of the things we learned from online communities in the past weeks to aid us in brainstorming marketing ideas for Carl-Peter.

Now we have finally reached the last part of this roller coaster ride. We have soaked in all the information, and have come up with some results. This is the time where we get off of this ride, stumble dizzily down the stairs towards the last destination of this ride: the picture booth. Now, the picture any ride will take captures the whole ride into a picture. Our final destination would be where everything we have learnt, captured into that one video. Although we are currently stressed about the creation of the video, where peoples minds are shaky from all the stress,  this is the time when asa team we would have to help and motivate each other. This is the time where I come back to my first blog and to show the team player I thrive to be; commitment to my team, to show team support, empathy to understand and motivate each one in their own unique ways, and lastly flexible, to helping each other out and having their backs when you expect it least and when they need it most.

I enjoyed this ride, and I hope you did too.

Coney Island 'souvenir" print: EXIT

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Targeting the problem… and it is high time to do so!

So, this is the last week, and we have so many other things to do. Which is why it is useful to post a blog entry: so that later, after the madness is over, we can read and reflect on our raw experiences we are scribbling now.

Luckily, so luckily, we have two awesome, creative multimedia people in our group: Claire and Stefan. I think if we had more time, more of us would want to be involved in the video and learn how to make one, but due to time constraints it is more practical if the experts do it. I think this is a challenge that “real” companies also have to solve: always make the competent employees do a task (meaning that the others will never get to that level) or let everyone learn, at the expense of time efficiency.

However, we are by no means missing out on the whole process. After many meetings and a lot of tiptoe-ing around the problem, we drew a conclusion, carefully at first, but then we realized that we were on the right track. Our NGO does not really have a problem, at least not with their activity, and not with technology either. BouwQuest is prospering, and it is very active on several online community platforms.

BouwQuest is not in the need for financing either, so crowdfunding does not apply to them. They are really only spreading a non-controversial idea of insulation and passive houses, which makes our task easier and harder at the same time. They are not asking people for money, quite to the contrary: we want to show them a way how they can save on heating. Unfortunately, this is not something people would gather behind: it is not an exciting enough idea.

What BouwQuest has is a marketing problem, which Carl-Peter summarised as “make insulation sexy”. Therefore it is most connected to the last topic of the course. The reasons for this are several: the fact that the idea is not captivating enough in itself, the widespread misunderstandings related (eg. passive houses are much more expensive than normal houses, making them unaffordable for most people), and the fact that BouwQuest doesn’t have a well defined target audience, even though it would be possible to do so.

The way I see it, the online communication of BouwQuest is suffering from a bit of an aesthetics problem, as well as a consistency one.

Let me explain. Here:

This is our client’s website. Based on what I’ve found out, my suggestions would be:

1. The website of BouwQuest is not really visually captivating, also it is exclusively in Dutch, meanwhile, they would like to appeal to the whole of Europe. This is one thing that could be fixed.

2. The other is that the visitor really has to look around on both the website and the Facebook page to find all the activities of BouwQuest. Carl-Peter met Al Gore and he posted a picture, saying Al Gore mentioned him “in his speech”. I looked for that speech all over the place, but I couldn’t find it. This is something anyone reading that entry would be interested in!

After some research, I found out that they are actively participating in something I was planning to propose: open days at passive houses. But this is not properly communicated either. I know many Hungarian companies, even small ones, who share something on their Facebook every second day for the sake of sharing, and this results in many likes, therefore they will always be present in many people’s feed on Facebook. In this respect, it doesn’t even matter if the content is connected to their activity, as long as it is within their values.

3. In BouwQuest’s case, I would also make use of some branding, because neither his vision nor his values are properly communicated. Along those values, he could then expand his network and collaborate with other organisations.

4. In the case of most NGO’s, there is never enough time to do the communication, because the employees’ energies are - very correctly - dedicated to the core activities. However, it is worth considering asking someone, even maybe students, to keep the website and Facebook updated. BouwQuest has so many pages that I would even suggest they should shut down a few of them and concentrate on the ones that can really be filled with content and can attract visitors. In the issue of passive house promotion, for example, they could work together with other related organizations and create a really strong campaign.

My team mates share a lot of these ideas and therefore we will incorporate them in a video as well. The concept is that we will narrow the challenge (the “hook”) down to one question, present the NGO and passive houses (we are trying to make this part informative enough so BouwQuest can use it to promote passive houses), and then we will BAM! the end with our ideas at a solution. I am confident that our team will make the most of the limited time and the never enough knowledge flow from our tutors (wink wink Nancy), and we’ll end this course with a resounding success.

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Group BAM Blogs
  1. Christian's Innovation christian-yomed-perwira.tumblr.com
  2. Design Online by Stefan de oude. stefandeoude.tumblr.com
  3. It's my bubble chius-bubble.tumblr.com
  4. Maartje.. mrcortvriend.tumblr.com
  5. Project Adventures by E.Chrobacsinszky chrobi-e.tumblr.com
  6. Something's in Claire clairo111cho.tumblr.com
  7. Untitled blog-lina-things.tumblr.com

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