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♥ MOO | Experience Design Roles

♥ MOO | Experience Design Roles

A big thank you to my friend Jane over at MOO for kicking off the redjotter RSS feed sponsorship. MOO are the world’s much-loved digital print and design company and they are HIRING for two full-time amazing roles in their shiny new offices;  Senior User Experience Researcher and a Senior Experience Designer.

#7 The Networked Designer

Matt Cooper-Wright is an interaction designer at IDEO in London. He has been part of creating the course structure for Digital Experience Design. I'm really looking forward to meeting him in London in a couple of weeks time to explore how and when he will be involved in working with our students.

Here's what he has to say...
1. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt over the last year?
You are only as good as your network, build connections to interesting people and procure a circle of talented people. The company I work for (IDEO) is a network of amazingly talented people, each of whom procure a network of the their own, the network effects that come from this kind of organisation unlocks all kinds of opportunities.
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The traditional image of networking is slightly disingenuous face-to-face conversations in the hope that you might benefit from someone else in the future. The network effect I'm most interested in is founded in the realities of a networked society and economy. Many small interactions with generous exchanges.
 
2. What’s your burning question of the moment?
How designers and design thinkers build data into their work. Data is (at least) two things for designers: firstly a new resource for inspiring design and identifying challenges; secondly it's the outcome we're now designing. People everywhere are trying to figure out what to do with data, anyone who has an answer right now is probably bluffing, designers need to figure out how we're going to work with data both for our own purposes, but more importantly on behalf of the people we design for.
 
3. What’s the most inspiring thing you’ve seen/ heard/ read in the last year?
I'm inspired by new things everyday. When you tune into a subject you care about, being inspired becomes easy, suddenly you see connections between all kinds of stuff. But that's not answering the question.
Practically, Ed Catmull's book on running Pixar (Creativity Inc.) is a great lesson for anyone working in creative teams. The Startup podcast is an amazing tale told by great storytellers, if you have aspirations to start you own company you should listen to it. Finally, IDEO Labs is a constant source of inspiration from within the IDEO network, the technical stories behind great projects happening around the world – also a great example of staying connected to interesting people.

4. What would be your one piece of advice to students on Hyper Island’s new MA in Digital Experience Design?

Being a designer today isn't the same as it was 10 years ago. The complexity of the systems we design within mean that there aren't any fixed points anymore. As designers we are well placed to move with change, to seek out new problems and new solutions. It's never been harder to be a designer, and never more rewarding.

You can hear our other industry connections answer the same questions over here:#6 The Speculative Designer#5 The Digital Maker#4 The Craftsman#3 The Storyteller#2 The Dreaming Maker  and #1 The Go-Getter.

#7 The Networked Designer

Matt Cooper-Wright is an interaction designer at IDEO in London. He has been part of creating the course structure for Digital Experience Design. I'm really looking forward to meeting him in London in a couple of weeks time to explore how and when he will be involved in working with our students.

Here's what he has to say...
1. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt over the last year?
You are only as good as your network, build connections to interesting people and procure a circle of talented people. The company I work for (IDEO) is a network of amazingly talented people, each of whom procure a network of the their own, the network effects that come from this kind of organisation unlocks all kinds of opportunities.
Screen Shot 2015-02-13 at 17.46.46
The traditional image of networking is slightly disingenuous face-to-face conversations in the hope that you might benefit from someone else in the future. The network effect I'm most interested in is founded in the realities of a networked society and economy. Many small interactions with generous exchanges.
 
2. What’s your burning question of the moment?
How designers and design thinkers build data into their work. Data is (at least) two things for designers: firstly a new resource for inspiring design and identifying challenges; secondly it's the outcome we're now designing. People everywhere are trying to figure out what to do with data, anyone who has an answer right now is probably bluffing, designers need to figure out how we're going to work with data both for our own purposes, but more importantly on behalf of the people we design for.
 
3. What’s the most inspiring thing you’ve seen/ heard/ read in the last year?
I'm inspired by new things everyday. When you tune into a subject you care about, being inspired becomes easy, suddenly you see connections between all kinds of stuff. But that's not answering the question.
Practically, Ed Catmull's book on running Pixar (Creativity Inc.) is a great lesson for anyone working in creative teams. The Startup podcast is an amazing tale told by great storytellers, if you have aspirations to start you own company you should listen to it. Finally, IDEO Labs is a constant source of inspiration from within the IDEO network, the technical stories behind great projects happening around the world – also a great example of staying connected to interesting people.

4. What would be your one piece of advice to students on Hyper Island’s new MA in Digital Experience Design?

Being a designer today isn't the same as it was 10 years ago. The complexity of the systems we design within mean that there aren't any fixed points anymore. As designers we are well placed to move with change, to seek out new problems and new solutions. It's never been harder to be a designer, and never more rewarding.

You can hear our other industry connections answer the same questions over here:#6 The Speculative Designer#5 The Digital Maker#4 The Craftsman#3 The Storyteller#2 The Dreaming Maker  and #1 The Go-Getter.

MyDownhamMarket needs service designers

Wow. It seems a call out for 'service designers' is becoming a regular item on my to-do list... it's my pleasure to introduce MyDownhamMarket ... SI Camp and The Young Foundation are teaming up to run an event in King's Lynn. Young people will be entering ideas and 3 of them will get developed in a day. They are looking for service designers to get involved. They can offer travel expenses for people that come along, and food during the event. Ideally they're after some students who want some experience or freelancers that can give up a day of their time.

So what's it all about?

MyDownhamMarket

"MyDownhamMarket is all about coming up with new ideas to make your local area better using simple web and mobile tools. We’ll be bringing young people from the Downham Market area together with students and professional software developers and designers to create new projects that use web and mobile tools to make Downham Market better for everyone.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be hunting down some of the best ideas that could change something that matters in the local area. Ideas might be about finding a sports team, getting people together to clean up a park or ways of sharing lifts to school.
We’ll be choosing three of the best ideas to help build at a day-long event 4th June from 9am-6pm at the Highschool with the help of a whole bunch of different people – from business students to professional software developers."

Do it. It's real service design for real people...

redjotter goes to london with MyPolice

As promised I would like to introduce you all to MyPolice.  The video below tells the story of the web-based service that fosters constructive, collaborative communication between communities and the police forces which serve them.

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You can follow MyPolice ventures on our blog. Sarah and I are traveling to Coventry to present at The Policing 2.o Conference:

"The NPIA Citizen Focus and Neighbourhood Policing Programme is organising the first national conference for the police service in England and Wales looking at the impact of social media.

'Policing 2.0 - the Citizen and Social Media' will include presentations from forces who have been early adopters in using social media and speakers from outside the world of policing who will discuss the wider impact.

The emergence of cheap and accessible information technology and the increasing importance of the Citizen Focus approach means that police forces are beginning to use social media sites such as facebook and twitter as part of their communications and engagement strategies. At the same time citizens are looking to social media as a platform to comment on, or engage with policing."

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I also have the Festival of Interdependence, Service Design Drinks, Future Gov and Mindapples to look forward to...and of course spending time with my most lovely London friends...you know who you are :)

I have been overwhelmed by the recent support I have received online and offline - huge big thank you to everyone for your advice, comments and RT's :)