These projects can get off to a great start using their originators as their own use case, but they won’t become sustainable on that basis. Government has painfully learned – or, rather, is painfully learning – that starting off with the assumption that you know what is best for people doesn’t deliver the greatest results. I am not quite sure where the tipping point comes between creator-evangelists and customer-centred design, but I am sure it has to come somewhere.
So I was delighted to spot this flowing through the twitter time line:
Great to see London Design Jam #1 getting off the ground – similar to a hack day but for UX folks! Looking forward to more info.
— micheleidesmith (@micheleidesmith) November 6, 2010
— johanna kollmann (@johannakoll) November 6, 2010
The concept of a design jam is a new one to me, but it sounds as though it’s a cross between a hack day and an unconference/barcamp:
Design Jams are one-day design sessions, during which people team up to solve engaging UX challenges.
While conferences and talks are very popular in the UX community, we don’t have many events for actual collaboration, like the ‘hackdays’ enjoyed by the development community. Design Jams get designers together to learn from each other while working on actual problems. The sessions champion open-source thinking and are non-profit, run by local volunteers.
Sounds like a fantastic idea, even though I am left slightly wondering how you do user experience design without involving some users. I am not remotely qualified to go myself, but would be fascinated to see the final presentations – it would be great if the organisers were to open those up to interested non-participants.
Tickets are available from 1pm on Monday.