Inside the head of a designer

Getting excited about collaboration
January 17, 2009, 6:01 pm
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Get excited about collaboration.  We’re at a point now, as the video states, of having an immense amount of information and enormous capabilities to share, organise, innovate aspects of our lives with people we have never even met across the other side of the globe.


This reminds me of a project I worked on looking at web 2.0 and it’s capabilities for sharing and encouraging youth to get involved in learning, work experience, new careers.  On a joint project with Iain Macmillan, we were invited to come and develop an online web resource/platform that learn direct Scotland could use to target young people.  Our ideas grew and grew, incorporating many web 2.0 tools to create a platform that the users could control.  We designed the structure, the interface, the concept, we left the growth to the users.

That was phase II, we’ve been told it’s under real consideration for further development and eventual production to go live.  Unfortuneatly, I’m not allowed to put the idea online but I can show a few visuals.

It also serves as a great example of how designers can be used to innovate, or rather transform public services, I think it was a very bold and out there move by the company to put us in control, but a smart one.

We were told our work had encompassed what they had been trying to do for the last 5 years but had never quite managed to visualise or pull it together.  We also innovated some of the aspects of their services entirely to fit the needs of young people, especially ‘neets’ (not in education, employment or training) which we had found through some, admittedly tricky, focus groups. (kids are difficult to engage on ‘boring subjects…but we found our way round this) 

thanks Kate_Andrews>via facebook


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Thanks for highlighting the review Sarah. Us Now and its wider message is an important topic for debate.

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