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. 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? 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
  • focus on tangible artifacts, not just abstract ideas or goals

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.

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).

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.

Check out the Meetings page for more reoccurring events.

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

Schedule for 2017

Every Tuesday at 10 AM - 11 AM 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.




Links / Notes
Pickering Soccer Club (tentative)Ather, JessTBD
Infusion 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 20
UI Options Web Browser Extension - Content SimplificationJustinJune 13
PhET - "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




Links / Notes
  • Social Justice Repair Kit Brainstorming
  • PhET Energy Skate Park Text Descriptions (part 2)
  • Colin
  • Jon
Dec 20
Making/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 6
Privacy 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. 15
Brainstorming for Nexus demosSimonNov 8https://wiki.gpii.net/w/Nexus_Dashboard

Docs site remediation for OpenEd 2016

Inclusive Design Guide Icons



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 Notes
UI Options Mobile and Desktop redesign (cont'd), and Inclusive Design Toolkit landing page.DanaSep. 27
Unifying UI Options Mobile and DesktopDanaSep. 19Notes: Sept 20, 2016 Design Crit Notes - UI / Learner Options
Fluid 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 16
Inclusive Design GuidesSepideh / DanaAug 8
PhET Energy SkateparkJonJuly 26
IDRC Website mockups and design elementsLisaJuly 19
First Discovery GameDana / SparshJuly 12
Design 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 Notes
PhET Energy SkateparkJonApril 25Notes