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On Tuesdays 2:00 PM ET, the inclusive design community gathers together to learn and discuss various topics in the form of a workshop or a design critique.

  • Workshops provide the inclusive design community an opportunity for engaging with a broader community to spur our creative processes with topics that may align with our projects, be lateral with, or challenge our ideas by providing alternative perspectives. It also provides the opportunity to make connections with the work of those in the broader community.
  • Design critique (or more informally a "crit") is an opportunity for us to come together as a small group and examine and discuss a creative artifact - a design wireframe, a persona, a newly-implemented UI or software component, etc. These design crits are informal, constructive, specific, and respectful. It's a forum where anyone from the community can bring their designs and receive feedback. For more information, refer to "Design Crits - Additional Information" below.

  • Lightning Talks are a quick/short format discussions/presentations, generally geared towards a professional development topic. They are intended to be 15 to 30 min in length, but may stretch longer from time-to-time; however, if they require more time a Workshop or Design Crit may be a better avenue. The lightning talks typically take place after our standup meetings on Wednesdays.

Note about dates and times: In order to be flexible, occasionally the date and times of the meetings will change. Please note these changes in the Upcoming schedule below.

To join the conversation please join us remotely at this Zoom web conference room.

In-person meetings have been suspended due to closures related to COVID-19.

Creative Commons and Community Conduct

Contributions to community workshops and design crits are done under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. This includes audio and video recordings, notes, and artifacts taken during these meetings.

Community workshops and design crits follow the Fluid and Inclusive Design Community Code of Conduct. Attendees of these meetings are expected to understand and respect the guidance in the Code of Conduct.


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Upcoming

Topic

Meeting format

Facilitator/Presenter

Date

TimeLinks / NotesCoordinator
Co-design Community of PracticeWorkshopCherylMar 30, 20212 - 3:30pm ETJonathan Hung Looseleaf: CSS for prototypingDesign CritNedApril 20, 20212 - 3:30pm ETDemo
IDRC Website visual designDesign CritUttara, CherylTBD2 - 3pm ET

Past

Workshops from previous years can be seen on the Previous Community Workshop Topics page. Video recordings may not have captions. If you would like to contribute to captioning any of the videos, please reach out to us through the fluid-work mailing list.

Topic

Meeting format

Facilitator

Date

TimeLinks / NotesCoordinator
Co-design Community of PracticeWorkshopCherylMar 30, 20212 - 3:30pm ET
Jonathan Hung 
Sonification for Balloons and Static Electricity PhET simDesign CritAshton MorrisMar 9, 20212 - 3pm ET

Demo - Balloons and Static Electricity

Video Recording

Artifact Ecologies: What, why, and how?WorkshopPhilip TchernavskijMarch 2, 20212 - 3:30pm ETJustin Obara 
Co-design Community of PracticeWorkshopCherylFeb. 23, 20212 - 3:30pm ETVideo Recording
High Fidelity: Online audio space for groupsLightning TalkAlanFeb 3, 202112 - 12:30https://www.highfidelity.com
A research on 3D printed audio-tactile graphicsWorkshopEmilia SanchesJan 26, 20212 - 3:30pm ET

Slides

Video Recording

Introduction to 3D printing and custom models (with Open Source tools)WorkshopJonJan 19, 20212 - 4pm ET

Slides (Google)

Video Recording

Jonathan Hung

Suggested Future topics

Topic

Facilitator

Agile development: planning

Michelle
Teacher to talk about education plans (EP)Guest?
Students with learning disabilities to talk about their experiencesGuest?
People working with students on mindfulness and mental healthGuest?
Talk to people who teach children to programLighthouse Labs?
Someone from able gamers to talk about how people with various disabilities interact with gamesGuest?
People working with young adults with autismGuest?
Rose? How people engage in social connections and relationshipsGuest?
Empathy Toy
Engage with OCAD students to talk about their projects and/or areas of study. ( MDes and others)Guest?
Music TherapyTheresa
Someone who has developed software for older adults

Guest?

Someone who works with brain sensing techMuse?

Someone to talk about entrepreneurship and marketing ( how to reach people to use our software and services e.g. P4A, Outside-in, hack-a-thons, etc.)

Guest?
Latest A11y models and principles to follow, and language to use ( e.g. things that the MDes students are taught )Jutta?
Accessibility in the Toronto Public LibraryGuest?

Case Studies of User Creativity in Computing (Monthly)

  • Minecraft (led by: Michelle and other)
  • Sound Shapes ( Shaw Han??? )
  • IFTT (Jon)
  • etc

Skills Development workshops (Monthly?) Below are some examples of topics that could be covered.

  • Refreshers (e.g. using ARIA)
  • best practices
  • using new features (e.g. new CSS, HTML, JS)
  • new frameworks
  • new tools
  • design techniques
  • etc.

Offsite Visit: LocationTopicContact
Mozilla
Yura Zenevich
STEAMLabs

Underground Hack Lab?

Blooorview Research Institute

IDI Partners (e.g. UofT, Ryerson, etc)

KidsLearningCode/GirlsLearningCodeTeaching children to program
Challenges / Hack Session / WorkshopFacilitator


Design Crits - Additional Information

A critique (or more informally a "crit") is an opportunity for us to come together as a small group and examine and discuss a creative artifact - a design wireframe, a persona, a newly-implemented UI or software component, etc.

These design crits are informal, constructive, specific, and respectful. It's a forum where anyone from the community can bring their designs and receive feedback.

The idea is to focus on tangibles, not on abstract plans:

  • What have we designed or built?
  • why is it like this, what are its strengths, and how can we make it better?

Since these meetings are participant driven, there will be occasions when the crit will not meet. Meetings will be announced in the schedule above, and to the relevant mailing lists (i.e. inclusive design community list, and fluid-work).

Why do Critiques?

Techniques like UX Walkthroughs, Inclusive Design Mapping Tool ("Petals & Flowers"), or User States and Contexts will help us concretely assess and discuss an artifact from different perspectives. It's based on the idea that creative work gets stronger when it is discussed amongst peers and diverse ideas are considered.

Crits help us to: 

  • amplify the strengths of a design
  • suggest alternative trajectories
  • reflect on our work through the lenses of different users
  • identify areas of confusion
  • focus on tangible artifacts, not just abstract ideas or goals

Design crits are intentionally informal and casual

We try to keep design crits very informal and casual on purpose. This makes it easier for participants to share designs (requiring less time preparing formal presentations), and opens up more time for organic conversations. A formal presentation of your project or design is not required, and we encourage a more conversational approach.

Presenting at Design Crits

Design crits are a great opportunity to discuss designs, refine ideas, ask questions, and get feedback. To get the most out of a design crit:

  • Come prepared with specific design issues to share - this will help focus the discussion on the topics that will help you.
  • Try not cover too much or expect to have every question addressed.
  • Design crits are intended to be 1 hour in length to help keep the discussion productive and specific.
  • If needed, another design crit can be scheduled to continue the discussion, or you can take advantage of the Inclusive Design Community mailing list to reach a broader audience.