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.
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.
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.
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.
This blogpost is my first review of working on the ipad pro for live sketchnoting. After having played around a bit with procreate, adobe sketch, adobe draw, and a couple less known apps, I chose Adobe draw for my first real practice with live digital sketchnotes.
Speed and accuracy:
When I draw or do illustrations, the precision is great and I love the ipad pro as a tool. The moment I try to go as fast as I do when I sketchnote live, my writing is terrible and I have much less control of my sketches than I am used to having on paper. I tried adding a screen protector in order to create more friction, but I don’t think it makes much of a difference. Hopefully more practice will. As it is now, my writing especially looks very messy. I will get back in a month when I am more familiar with it.
Separate layers required in order to move or resize an element:
In order to be able to move an element or change its size, I need to have it on its own layer. I can’t just zoom in an select it with a tool and move it somewhere else, which makes layouting digitally just as difficult as in my analogue sketchbook with ink – Unless I make each element/section in its own layers. This workflow will take some getting used to. Making sure to check which layer I am in before I sketch, switching between them (as a person who is used to auto select in photoshop) is a PAIN. I cannot count the number of times where I had to duplicate a layer and manually separate them by deleting the wrong part of each layer. This especially is a problem if I use one document for several different notes, where I need to be able to hide the notes that are on different topics.
Limited number of layers available:
I quickly found out that there is a limited number of layers available, and the template I created used 5 layers alone.
Creating my sketchnote template: In my analogue sketchbook I usually have a similar layout of a few elements like my logo, the border, the headline, space for the speakers name and a speaker quote. I figured that when going digital I could reuse these elements and dublicate the template. This also saves me time choosing my preferred pen settings, as it resets to its default collection when I open a new document.
My choosen pen settings:
I am still playing around with it, but I find using the 4 available pen slots for 4 different purposes provides me with the flexibility I need. The first pen is for general outlining, the second is better for writing headlines, the third is for grey shadows, the fourth is for coloured headlines. Keeping the outlining the same thickness will give a more unified and simplistic look.
I still keep forgetting I am able to zoom in and out:
I will need to test out an A3 format next, where I zoom in on each part I am creating while sketching. I think this will provide me with the space I am lacking at the moment. For a long time I have been used to the same sketchbook format.
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.
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.
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.
I am not a student anymore. Yesterday I defended my thesis project on co-creation workshops, and I now have a Masters Digital Design and Communication from the IT university of Copenhagen. It has been a long road, with a lot of research and observations. Some of the information from the thesis is confidential, and thus I cannot share the thesis itself. I am planning on publishing the relevant findings alongside the workshop canvas I have created. Right now it is still a prototype, and I plan to launch it as a tool in Spring 2018. If anyone reading this will give me access to observe more workshop, especially co-design workshops, I would greatly appreciate it.
The following is a visual representation of my thesis process.
Today I am sketchnoting at Service Design Ignition – a conference I helped co-organize since august, taking place at the Danish National museum.
The featured image is of my in-the-making sketchnotes from our hosts introduction during the event. I was sketchnoting for all the talks – but since I help co-organize I had other duties than sketchnoting during the day and did not finish all the sketchnotes. The one from Innovationshuset, , is it a bird, Koos and Eggs will be up after my thesis has been handed in in the beginning of December. See more images from the day here.
Picture from the workshop (taken by Anja Byriel Kronborg) that I helped plan together with Helena Levison,
who was also the facilitator of the workshop.
The host (Ian Wisler-Poulsen) introduction + an overview of the conference speakers
Talk by Mie Nørgaard on Sketching, thinking and developing ideas
It was really great to see images from cases where she worked as a graphic facilitator in design processes.
Talk by Mette Mikkelsen on a case aboue designing anthropomorphism for a nursing home
Sabine Storm on how design thinking will give you a better product
Diana from Innovationshuset Skecthnote coming soon (missed sketching some of the talk because I was preparing for the workshop at the same time).
Niels Corsten from Koos on Service Design Spring methodology cases Finished Sketchnote coming monday 13/11/17
Jan Walter From EGGS Skecthnote coming soon (after my thesis, because the deadline is 1/12/17).
The Hands-on Sketching Workshop by Helena Levison and Line Cecilie Barfod (me)
Helena Levison and I planned the hands-on sketching workshop (using it to verify some findings from my thesis) and she facilitated it so well. There will be a summary of the workshop up eventually in its own blogpost.