I had the honor of hosting Gangplank’s first UX workshop in Richmond on July 11th. The meet-up invite filled very quickly for the 15 available slots.
The topic was an Intro to Design Studio. Many of the attendees were local Gangplanker entrepreneurs who, coincidentally, fit the persona profile I used in our design challenge (to design Gangplank RVA’s web presence)
I was first introduced to Design Studio for digital design at an IxDA event where Todd Zaki Warfel explained the technique in rapidly prototyping the user experience. I’ve learned different versions of this process through sessions held by Adaptive Path and Will Evans at Symantec Foundry. As a matter of fact, It was Will’s session at the Agile 2012 Conference that inspired me to “spread the gospel” and teach it to non-designers. See his reference links at the bottom of this post.
I’ve since found the technique a valuable component in all of my client projects. Not only does it rapidly sift through design possibilities, surfacing the “innovation of the crowd,” it’s an effective method of truly involving the client in the design process.
I opened the session with a fun exercise of drawing a ‘self-portrait as a robot.’ – a great way to meet and learn something interesting about members of the class.
The groups rapidly sketched through 3 iterations and each pitched their final masterpieces to the room with Mike Vizdos as the judge.
Great ideas emerged and proved that brilliant designs can manifest within the span of 90 minutes using the design studio technique. Hopefully we’ll see many of these concepts on Gangplank’s web site.
More to come in our UX series. Stay tuned…