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What are Community Design Critiques?

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

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

    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.

  • focus on tangible artifacts, not just abstract ideas or goals
  • Since these meetings are participant driven, there will be occasions when the crit will not meet. Meetings will be announced in the schedule below, and to the relevant mailing lists (i.e. inclusive design community list, and fluid-work).




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    Past Community Design Crits


    Note: Meeting Time Change in 2019

    The Community Design Crit will be changing meeting times to Tuesday 2pm to 3pm Eastern Time. All other meeting details remain the same (i.e. same location and web conferencing).

    To Join

    To join the conversation please download and install the Vidyo app on your computer or portable device first. Then join the Vidyo conference in the fluid_standup room.come to the IDRC office in Toronto or remotely through Zoom.

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    Check out the Meetings page for more reoccurring events.

    Check out the Collaborate page for more ways to get involved!

    Schedule

    for 2017

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    Every Tuesday at 10 AM - 11 AM 2 PM - 3 PM ET, folks from the IDRC, Fluid community, and others get together to learn and chat about designs, design challenges, and to give feedback. Users who are remote typically join via Vidyo.

    Note: occasionally the design crit will not be held. Please check the schedule.

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    TopicFacilitatorDateNotes and Links
    Bodies in Translation Knowledge PlatformLindsayJan 9Bodies in Translation Knowledge Platform
    UIO+ IconographySepideh, JustinDec 19
    Learning Diversity ILDH EntrySepidehNov 28

    Learning Diversity Draft

    Coding to Learn and CreateLisaDec 4

    Figma Wireframes

    Notes

    IDRC website redesign - Get involved sectionJonNov 21PhET Faraday's Law Keyboard Interaction Sketch
    Personal data tracking experienceSepidehNov 7

    Topic 1: OwnCloud permissions and workflow

    Topic 2: UIO breadcrumbs and help text

    Jon, EloisaOct 24
    My Lifelong LearningDanaOct 3Design of Keyboard Help Dialog (PhET)TaliesinSept 19
    Storytelling Tools (Social Justice Repair Kit) - ContinuedDana, Gregor, AlanSept 12
    UI Options Content Simplification StrategiesJustin, JonSept 5
    Storytelling Tools (Social Justice Repair Kit)Dana, Gregor, AlanAug 22
    Brainstorming ideas for UI Options tutorial videosAvtar, JonAug 15
    Creating personas and curb-cuts to demonstrate benefits of meeting WCAGLisaJuly 25Infusion Build SiteJustin, MichelleJuly 18
    Social Justice Repair KitDana, AlanJuly 11
    MyL3DanaJune 27

    Touch-notes and Query Exploration Mockups

    Balsamiq Mockups - Partial Query Workflow

    Meeting Discussion Notes

    Energy Skate Park - Audtiory Track ConstructionJonJune 20UI Options Web Browser Extension - Content SimplificationJustinJune 13PhET - "Build an Atom"Taliesin / MichaelJune 6
    "Multimodal Design Patterns for Inclusion & Accessibility"AlanMay 30
    Mobile UI OptionsJustin / DanaMay 2
    Facil'iti website accessibility appJonApril 25
    Privacy PrototypeDanaMarch 28
    Liz Sanders Video on Addressing the Gaps Between Co-Design and more formalized approachesJonMarch 21
    UI Options ResdesignJustinMarch 14
    UI Options Number StepperJustinMarch 7
    UI Options Toggle buttonDana / JustinFeb 28
    Accessible annotations and text selectionJonFeb 14
    Privacy Needs & PreferencesDana, CarenJan 31
    BIG IdEA project brainstormingLisa, JonJan 17

    Past Topics - Year 2016

    Topic

    Facilitator

    Date

    Links / Notes
    • Social Justice Repair Kit Brainstorming
    • PhET Energy Skate Park Text Descriptions (part 2)
    • Colin
    • Jon
    Dec 20Making/Hacking Entry for Inclusive Learning Design HandbookAlanDec 13

    Pull request: https://github.com/fluid-project/docs-inclusive-learning/pull/11

    Draft of document in Alan's branch: http://www.alanharnum.ca/docs-inclusive-learning/InclusiveMakingAndHacking.html

    Notes from crit documented on github.

    Privacy Needs & Preferences Wireframes updateDanaDec 6Privacy Needs & PreferencesDanaNov. 29(Floe) Privacy Needs and Preferences
    • Design Guide Icons
    • PhET Energy Skate Park Track Descriptions
    • Felipe
    • Jon
    Nov. 22
    • Design Guide Icons
    • Docs workflow with Infusion release
    • Docs-template improvements
    • Felipe
    • Justin
    • Jon
    Nov. 15Brainstorming for Nexus demosSimonNov 8https://wiki.gpii.net/w/Nexus_Dashboard

    Docs site remediation for OpenEd 2016

    Inclusive Design Guide Icons

    Jon

    Felipe

    Oct. 25Docs site remediation design sketch (Google Drawing)Strategies for WCAG compliant disabled HTML elementsJon / JustinOct. 4Notes: Design Crit - Disabled Elements and Accessibility Oct 4 NotesUI Options Mobile and Desktop redesign (cont'd), and Inclusive Design Toolkit landing page.DanaSep. 27Unifying UI Options Mobile and DesktopDanaSep. 19Notes: Sept 20, 2016 Design Crit Notes - UI / Learner OptionsFluid Sandbox DesignTony AtkinsAugust 24This week's meeting is held on Wednesday at 9:00 EDT
    1. IDRC website design - navigation
    2. UI Options Mobile
    1. Lisa
    2. Dana / Jon / Justin
    Aug 16Inclusive Design GuidesSepideh / DanaAug 8PhET Energy SkateparkJonJuly 26IDRC Website mockups and design elementsLisaJuly 19First Discovery GameDana / SparshJuly 12Design Cards site designDanaMay 9
    • continue iterating and create a version that more resembles physical cards
    • refactor and extend docs platform to be able to support this new usage.
    1. accessibility of IDRC Website Design
    2. design artifact repository feature discussion
    1. Lisa
    2. Jon
    May 2Design Crit May 2, 2016 NotesPhET Energy SkateparkJonApril 25Noteshttps://wiki.fluidproject.org/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=144474648
    19Notes (Google Doc)
    Storytelling Tool content authoringGregor, Jon, JustinNov 12

    Notes (Google Doc)

    Video Recording

    Platform Coop co-design potluck dry runCheryl, NedOct 29
    Sketching for Coding to Learn (C2LC)DanielOct 1C2LC
    Sustainable Dev Goals Action GuideLiamSep 24
    IDRC Website wireframesCherylSep 18Notes
    Strategies for accessible notifications on changed contentJustin, GregorSep 17Notes
    Inclusive AnalyticsEveryoneAug 20Video Recording
    IDRC Website Information ArchitectureCherylAug 6
    Adding new features to UIO Part 2JustinJuly 30

    Video Recording

    ILDH redesign and tech discussionCarenJuly 24

    Video Recording

    Presentation Slides

    Adding new features to UIOJustinJuly 16

    Examples:

    Video Recording

    Notes

    ILDHCaren

    June 25

    3pm ET

    https://handbook.floeproject.org/index.html

    Structure maps:

    Existing https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/1mYdTv3KK_zwaV88PMHi-KmoQOjLZltKZaTPEFLD2FZQ/edit

    Proposed https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/1TiEqHCYyoVnGb7kbYJAfRh1-EfaVUMgBUANoWndNnww/edit

    WireType or ProtoFrame (wireframe and prototype hybrid (smile)) mobile layout early iteration of navigation and organization for feedback: https://xd.adobe.com/view/904a8db3-b00c-41e1-665c-13548bff0639-e67b/

    Usability testingCheryl

    June 25

    2pm ET

    Notes:

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TrnE2TdzBCWqwKd9Cxfnww8qZ0SXPpCwP2B0VOa_99A/edit

    Designing for Contrast ThemesGregorJune 18https://docs.google.com/document/d/19x1l_Lix4xPjIsxRvpz5nkjFwkskV1hJoCy1V9qEliI/edit
    Coordinating and communicating design crits and community workshopsJon, Gregor, LisaMay 7

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ckfIXm4CC2XzGrsCXYIS4i01ExkSm3h5N1-NyFJ-TOk

    Video Recording

    Gooru appMichelleApr 30

    "Gooru Learning Navigator with particular emphasis on learning differences. The Learning Navigator is a “GPS for Learning” — a way for each student to follow their own path to mastery. Schools ask every student to achieve the same level of proficiency, but each student begins with a different set of knowledge and skills. The Learning Navigator meets each student exactly where they are and navigates them to their learning goals."

    Sign to text / audioAdeApr 16
    Co-design activities discussionSepideh, CherylMar 26
    The Why, Who, What, When, Where & How of our Inclusive Design Theory and Practice: making it easier to find, navigate and apply our inclusive design guidance.JuttaFeb 26Video Recording
    Platform Coop WebsiteCheryl, DanaFeb 12
    SEWA Home Beauty Services CoopDanaJanuary 29Notes

    Ontario Standard Form Lease Redesign


    Francesca (Law & Design Colab)January 22
    Storytelling Tool Demo and FeedbackSepidehJanuary 15

    https://pad.gpii.net/p/storytelling-testing-o6p4nsv

    https://stories.floeproject.org/

    SJRK Web Accessibility ReviewLisa, SilviaJanuary ??

    http://cuentalo.org/
    http://guardiaambiental.org/

    Past Design Crits - 2018

    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

    Sharing at a Design Crit

    If you plan on sharing a design at a design crit, here are some details which may help you prepare for the discussion.

    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.

    Come prepared with specific questions or ideas to share

    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.

    Making use of available time

    Design crits are intended to be 1 hour in length to help keep the discussion productive and specific. Come prepared with something to show and with questions to ask. 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.

    Pre-Meeting Information

    One to four days before each Design Crit, an email is sent to both the fluid-work and Inclusive Design Community mailing lists. These emails describe the topic of the design crit and provide instructions on how to participate. These weekly emails is a good opportunity to share any designs, presentation material, and resources in advance.