CIID@Reboot 11

Today was the first  day of Reboot11, and the students of CIID were there ready to take action! We were acting as a design consultancy giving advice to people on hoe to develop their ideas forward. Here is a Video from the day that Adam made and a write up of what we have done so far (i had the fun job of documenting all we were doing for the Reboot book!)

some initial photos her too!

DAY 1 at Reboot 11
Designers for Action

The Interaction Design Pilot Year  hosted an open lab for the 2-day Reboot conference. The idea was for students to act as consultants//designers/prototyping gurus/partners on any random ideas that conference participants wanted to share. Any ideas produced are open source and were displayed on a big wall at the venue and published in the Reboot book and on the website.

This was the first time Reboot tried this open lab approach. It was an experiment but almost immediately a good synergy was struck and a dialogue between the conference participants and the students evolved naturally. The lab was located smack-bang in the middle of the venue, so in line with the theme for this years conference – it was action stations from the word go.

The day started off with some pre-planning, putting up our profiles and setting up the lab. Armed with markers, post-its (every interaction designers favourite tool) and a team of 19 interaction designers, the lab worked non-stop to help people drive their ideas forward. Over the course of the day, the diversity of people we worked with was really broad. People had brilliant starting points within a wide variety of industries and it was great to pool our knowledge together to help them. We discussed ideas ranging from multi-touch surfaces to solar powered wifi bikes; rapid prototyping for children to video concepts for a Danish language consultant.

The first group of people to get snapped up were Erlend, Eline, Francesco  and Nunzia  who had a two hour session, working for Thomas Antvorskov Krag who has developed a bike with a solar powered wireless internet connection attached. During the session they generated and developed concepts for new services connected to the idea. Why have a wifi connection on a bike? Where could it be used?…and what would be some interesting service design concepts? The final idea was ‘Park = free wifi’ – which works a bit like an ice-cream van in that it rings a bell to generate interest and followers. This creates a natural but mobile meeting point, encouraging small ad-hoc communities to form in public spaces. The students briefed Thomas to come up with a theme tune so they can build an experience prototype on day 2. Thinking about initial stakeholders, the library would be a good partner as it would be an excellent way to expand the library to an outdoor space.

Next up were Marcin, Adam and Kevin who worked with Espen Fjord, Head of Development at Gladsaxe Public Libraries. He was interested in creating touch screen interfaces to enable foreigners  and immigrants to access news from their home country.  They discussed ways to prototype the ideas and drive the project further.

Also connected to ideas surrounding transportation…we worked with Chris from Meadow Networks. Chris is  an MIT alumni working on concepts to submit to the USA government. The goal of her project is to develop frameworks and concepts surrounding the future of transport. During the session we created sketches that focused on the user experience. We also discussed how specific scenarios and how video prototyping can be used as tools to address her design challenge.

While this was all going on, Alice was make lots of children happy, by putting her skills as a product designer to good use by helping them create rapid prototypes of drawings they had produced. There should be some 3D bugs running around the conference very soon!

In the kindergarten Siddharth was also entertaining some children (and adults!) by  demoing his final project he is working on CIID. The game he has designed allows children to run about talking photographs as part of set challenges.

Throughout the day Mimi and Tobias worked on a few projects together. The first one was with a Danish Language consultant who wanted advice on re-designing an online platform she uses to show elements of her work in video format. They gave advice on how to make the graphic design and layout fun and engaging for people to use. The second team they worked with was very different…they helped one of the organisers from Palomas to organise a space they are using for a 2 week camp in Berlin. During the camp they will conduct creative workshops and brainstorm new ideas to take action. They also gave some tips on how to use video prototypes as a promotional tool to promote the camp in the run up towards it.

Kevin had the opportunity to consult Joao from Portugal who is currently changing jobs and moving into a new role where he was planning and improving user flows on a large commercial site. Kevin & Joao had an interesting discussion about wireframing techniques, how to use questionnaires as part of the design process to communicate with the client and about design communication. They especially focused on what language to use when talking to clients so that you’re talking about goals and aims and not personal taste.

Just before lunch, Ujjval and Eilidh took a break from documenting the Open Lab at Reboot and spent time working with Adam to generate ideas for Ole Høegh Hansen who is developing web based concepts aimed at improving work flow, motivation and achieving goals within a work place. During the session they facilitated a brainstorming session and came up with some practical solutions, as well as some crazy ones!

The final session to happen before a well earned lunch break was with Martin from Twiggly.com and Martin from The Royal Academy of Architecture in Copenhagen. The two Martins came with us to build an iPhone app to encourage silence, but we suggested to that we go back to the root question and brainstorm that. We asked ‘how might we encourage people to be more silent?’ and held a 1 minute silence together before engaging in a rapid brainstorming session with ideas around silence booths, social contracts, silent areas in airports and lots of other ideas. We left them with a big bunch of ideas and challenged them to take action by creating a silent experiment later in the day.

After lunch Adam & Mimi worked with Andreas Lloyd who has a food coop called KFAX. Andreas wanted to find ways to communicate his concept. Video prototyping was the focus of interest and they demonstrated how video can be a excellent tool to express service design concepts. Andreas was concerned that his editing skills were not up to making a film but even if this is too complex for some non-interaction designers, making a storyboard really helps work out what the important aspects of the service are.

The final session for day one of Reboot was run by Nina, Siddharth and Eilidh. They worked with Søren Ejlersen from Aarsriderne.com to visualise the core value of an idea he was presenting to the Climate and Energy Ministry the next day. The core of the idea was to demonstrate the values of train travel over personal care usage. After creating a series of diagrams for Søren to present, the team went armed with a video camera to do live voxpops  and asked the question “what qualities would you like to experience when travelling by train” This provided additional material to support the idea we had visualised!

To sum up…Day one at Reboot has been fantastic. It has been great how willing and open people are with their ideas and the variety of projects we have got to work on is super. Everyone has shown so much respect for our work and have been really enthusiastic about what we have done…..We are all looking forward to tomorrow!

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