I hope to run a free 2 hour workshop by Zoom on ideas around designing hybrid workshops at the end of September (probably end of October). I’ll update information as it becomes clearer.
This post is to describe the purpose and structure of the workshop.
This post is about Time and Activities in workshops.
How to think critically of time allocated to the different elements of activities that workshop participants find value in.
Question: how long does it take to explain the workshop activity?
Explaining what an activity is, what its outputs are to be and how it all fits within the workshop theme is necessary. The time to do this can be long: especially if clarification questions are allowed.
Question: how much time is spent in the activity set up?
Set up is where workshops can lose time without realising it. All the practical…
When working on accessible design projects, people often centre their discussions on defining impairments and how to use technologies and services to bridge the gap between such impaired capacities and “normal” capacities. This is a deficit model of design. Design fixing human failings.
What this model fails to notice is that the gap is not between impairment and normal. It’s in understanding the networks of many different arrangements of capacities. People’s autonomy is in their capacities not in their impairments.
The ideas I’m talking about in this short post are about human-centred prototype design and how it must seek to…
I may be giving a workshop on designing hybrid workshops in late September. This post just collects some fragments together that may go into it. The main themes of this workshop are Clarity and Confidence.
The image above is from a workshop I facilitated in Aarhus, Denmark in 2016. It was titled Sharing Wonder and was about designing workshops. The best feedback I got was a participant saying she was now going to resign and start the new business…
Three discussions this week about diversity and codesign.
Moving from a organisation-centred world of:
To many human-centred worlds of:
It creates so many issues around new language and behaviours.
This is a post reacting to a news story this morning and reflecting upon some ideas about Design Justice in a Medium post “No, Design Justice is more than “including voices”, thanks.” by F. Okoye . The New Yorker story is on how a right wing researcher formed and framed the current Critical Race Theory arguments that appear in the media so much now. The Medium post is about how Design Justice can get changed when designers speak of it: more concentrating on the word Design than the concept of Justice. Words may seem clear but intents differ.
Doing some workshops on usability testing and codesign and one odd issue popped up. Client wants to talk about how organisations want delivery thru certain digital platforms rather than allowing users and content to define platform.
In order to question this presumption I just made the Forming Content exercise. It’s a self-awareness exercise around the Format (moving image, image, audio and text) and Form (smartphone, tablet and TV/monitor) preferences of design team and other stakeholders they encounter.
I do understand that digital projects can start with defined ideas of final platforms but to talk of codesign and be inflexible about…
Fake news and conspiracy theories are problems that many people seem to think can be mitigated by real facts and better reporting. However, this may not be enough because what may hold people’s attention and motivates them around conspiracy theories lies more in our sense of shared communities and individual certainty.
I am writing this now because of an encounter yesterday with people talking about conspiracy theories around Bill Gates and Covid19 vaccinations. They were nice people, fathers of friends of my son, who are articulate and well educated (please note I appear to have a bias here about somehow…
The Spanish Post Office wanted to make a point about racism and developed Equality Stamps to show both the skin colours and values assigned to them. White is explicitly more valuable than Black on the stamps. The point they are making is that this is a bias and it is wrong.
However, without supporting material, using just colour and stamp value, this message gets lost. It can be read as confirming the correctness not the wrongness of the current situation. …
I am offering 5 new skills workshops using a new hybrid “Workshop On A Card” format.
Each workshop has the same structure:
These workshops are designed to cover a few topics that have come up in my UX and Accessibility work over the last few years and to talk about ideas and skills that are relevant to people wanting to create more human-centered products and services.