Getting ready for UX Copenhagen March 2019

I am going back to UXCopenhagen, and I am looking so much forward to this. To prepare I have added to my visual library, researching for example more icons and sketched for Ethics. I have also been hired to do portraits of all the speakers, so I have gotten busy making 31 of these things. Look forward to sketchnotes of summaries of the amazing talks, shortly after the 18th . 19th of March. During the conference I will post some on Instragram, especially instagram stories. Come find me at the conference tomorrow!

Meeting room notes – coming soon!

Sorry about the silence here on the blog – I started a fulltime job at an IT consultancy and all the work I do there is confidential, which makes me unable to share my daily sketches. I CAN share what I have learned about visual meeting notes though!

During some phases in our process, we have a lot of meetings. I don’t know about you, but my mind goes blank after 5 minutes in meetings unless I actively focus to keep my concentration – and this is where visual notes are amazing!

  1. They make me listen actively – I find out what I do not understand much Quicker!
  2. I can refer back to my notes later
  3. I get to practice my live sketching in general (practice, practice, practice)
  4. They are fun to do!

After I participated in the same type of meeting several times, I started noticing I could benefit from a certain structure. Since I cannot show you the actual notes as examples, I will have to recreate the same layout types with fake content.

I am looking very much forward to sharing a couple of my go-to meeting layouts and tricks for easy meeting notes with you at a later time.

Update July 209: I am currently compiling a list of layouts that I will share once they are finished. Stay tuned. 

Sketchnotes from Meet & Greet at Stupid Studio

Sketchnotes from Meet & Greet @stupid_studio with David Adalberth and Anders Bo Bastian, planned by @queenofux from #Cphux . They presented a case for Carlsberg and went through 11 dilemmas and their learnings.

 

Their key learning was that you should make good decisions as you go. Afterwards they told us what they look for in the ideal ux’er, which for them in short, is one who is able to produce as well as design, and has heavy knowledge about both software and hardware.

Sketchnotes from IIAB Talks – Future Worksforce

Is it a Bird held IIAB talks last night, where 3 talented speakers had 15 minutes to talk about the future workforce without power point slides! Although I do understand why this obstruction was chosen, I am a very visual person and find it hard to just sit an listen, and was extra happy to be sketchnoting – otherwise I would not be able to remember as much as I do.

My favourite talk was by Thomas Nørmark, “the robot whisperer”. The key takeaway from this talk regarding the future workforce, is that with new tech there will be new and different jobs. We should not fear to be replaced by automasation, but more expect to supervise and work together with especially chatbots in the near future. In fact he even build a “clone”of himself as a chatbot (and an actual physical robot with a whole bunch of sensors), a ‘Robome’ to function as a secretary when he is not available. This has freed up a lot of time which was previously spent on answering a lot of generic work inquiries. From employees asking permission to buy a book or calling in sick, to even booking appointments with him. Sometimes it knows things he does not, like the location of the first aid kit. The tech of tomorrow is chatbots in all shapes and sizes, starting as babies and through training becoming very valuable assistants. In 100 years he expects us to, on some level, merge with tech.

 

Martin Grønbæk (from HK Lab) spoke about the future workforce form the perspective of the trade union. His main takeaway was that technology does not create change in itself – it is the people implementing the tech that create that change. As an example he spoke of the new health platform in Denmark and its implementation. We should not fear that the exponentially growing technology will bring less jobs, just different jobs. Just that we are part of defining! Chatbots will be your future coworker, and we will need chatbot trainers or builders which are not necessarily from IT, but from the field for which the chatbot is used.

Sketchnotes from Preely UX talks Anders Toxboe – on the new tool Validation patterns

Testlab (now Preely) invited Anders Toxboe @toxboe (head of digital development at DR) to talk about using Lean Experimentation to build products this morning at their UX meetup @rainmakingloftcph. The event was in Danish but the slides in English, so my sketchnote of the talk is in Danglish.

Key takeways from the talk were that we have to validate already in the divergent stages of a process, and throughout the process in different ways, making experiments rather than building one big solutions. You should look at what questions you want answered and build the smallest experiment possible to challenge those questions. This is a notion which I have heard often – we all know testing early and often is good – but why does it not happen more?

Toxboe and the UIpattern team has created a tool that makes choosing between ways of validation more accessible. I am looking forward to get my hands on a deck of the ‘Validation Patterns’ cards for my growing tool collection. They are available for preorder here.

Visual Library cards

Creating the cards itself started as a practice exercise for expanding my symbolic visual vocabulary, and thus also functions as an external visual library. A deck of icon cards can be used in varying ways, and this set of cards was created in order to function as an icebreaker exercise for a workshop.

 

Icebreaker exercise with icon cards

Participants were asked to choose the icons they found most represented the answer to specific questions. Thus we got the participant to start thinking about the topic for the workshop before the agenda was even presented. The icons on this deck of cards may seem random, but are chosen because they have different typical symbolic meanings attached to them. Asking the participants to choose two or more cards, created a dynamic between the cards that further makes the participant think creatively. It is important to get the participants to explain with their own words why they have chosen their cards.

My current collection is 100+ cards and growing.

 

Sketchnotes from Innovationlab event

Today I was at an event by Innovationlab with a talk by Anette priess Gade about Circular Economy. The event was in Danish but the slides in English, so the sketchnote is in Danglish.

Key takeaways were that we have to do something about our consumption, even in Denmark. Right now, if everyone consumed as much as Denmark, we would be using 3,2 times our planets resources! On a global scale we are using 1,7 of our resources, so circular economy is something all organizations should consider! The Circular Economy System Diagram by the Ellen Macarthur foundation mentioned in the sketchnote can be found here. See the sketchnote from the Design Matters 2017 IDEO workshop here.

My Tool Collection

This post is the masterlist of my growing physical design tool collection, which I will go back an edit as I acquire new tools. At the moment my wishlist is longer than my collection. If you want to sponsor a tool, contact me. Eventually I will indicate how often I use each of these and categorize them. Reviews will follow for each of the tools as I get a chance to properly test them.

My tool collection

Toolkits created by me

My tool wishlist

 

See both my BOOK WISH LIST and my BOOK SHELF for a list of my book recommendations.

 

 

 

Book wish list

For christmas this year I am wishing for some nice visual thinking books. I especially want this Visual Thinking by Willemien Brand which came out here in 2017. I have been wanting to get my hands on it since then, but have been too busy with my Master thesis.

The following books are on my wishlist for my physical collection. Some I have read in e-book or heard in audiobook format already, but wish for the physical copy. Call me old fashioned, but I love to see the books on my shelf and be able to hold them in my hands. Most of these books I have borrowed from the library (some of them several times). Some of them I haven’t read yet, but skimmed through. Some I just think look good. I will update this post when I find more books that I want to own.

I plan to do book reviews of my favourite books and sketchnote summaries, you will be able to see the overview of those here on my Book shelf.

 

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Which Sketchbooks do I use?

As a student I need to keep the cost down, so at the moment I use black notebooks from Flying Tiger. They have nice paper and nice sizes, for a quarter of the price of a Moleskin sketchbook.

The one I bring everywhere I go: My visual journal. It is small enough to fit in my smallest everydaypurse, and there is room for my businesscards as well in a pocket. The downside of this journal is that it has thinner pages than the others, too thing for my needs, so I need to skip every other page. This I sometimes switch to a moleskin of the same size – when I spoil myself.

The one I bring to social events and general travelling: My travelbook, small square sketchbook. (As seen on the above picture)

The one I bring to conferences and when I know I will be sketchnoting live: The Big Square sketchbook I take with me when I know I am going to an event where I will sketchnote, double the size of the small travelbook.