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:
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:
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).
If you plan on sharing a design at a design crit, here are some details which may help you prepare for the discussion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To join the conversation using your browser please visit the fluid_standup conference room. If you have issues with video or audio, try accessing the fluid_standup conference room using the Google Chrome browser instead.
Optionally, you can join the conference using the Vidyo desktop app. You can find
Check out the Meetings page for more reoccurring events.
Check out the Collaborate page for more ways to get involved!
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.
|Open Platform for Citizen Neurodevelopmental Research||Aaron Engelberg||Apr 17|
|Inclusive Locks and designing with children||Claire Andrews||Apr 10|
|ILDH restructuring||Sepideh||Apr 3|
|Co-design debrief and challenges||Sepideh / Dana / Jon||Mar 27||Co-design design crit notes|
|LipSync touch screen assistive device||Stewart Russell||Mar 13|
PhET Faraday's Law Keyboard prototype
Wordpress Gutenburg Editor
|UIO Browser extension syllabification option||Justin||Jan 30|
|SJRK Storytelling Tool Designs||Dana||Jan 23||Notes|
|Bodies in Translation Knowledge Platform||Lindsay||Jan 16||Bodies in Translation Knowledge Platform|
|Google Summer of Code Project Brainstorming||Justin||Jan 9||January 9 Design Crit - GSOC Brainstorming|
|Links / Notes|
|UIO+ Iconography||Sepideh, Justin||Dec 19|
|Learning Diversity ILDH Entry||Sepideh||Nov 28|
|Faraday's Law Keyboard interaction||Jon||Nov 21||PhET Faraday's Law Keyboard Interaction Sketch|
|Personal data tracking experience||Sepideh||Nov 7|
Topic 1: OwnCloud permissions and workflow
Topic 2: UIO breadcrumbs and help text
|Jon, Eloisa||Oct 24|
|My Lifelong Learning||Dana||Oct 3|
|Design of Keyboard Help Dialog (PhET)||Taliesin||Sept 19|
|Storytelling Tools (Social Justice Repair Kit) - Continued||Dana, Gregor, Alan||Sept 12|
|UI Options Content Simplification Strategies||Justin, Jon||Sept 5|
|Storytelling Tools (Social Justice Repair Kit)||Dana, Gregor, Alan||Aug 22|
|Brainstorming ideas for UI Options tutorial videos||Avtar, Jon||Aug 15|
|Creating personas and curb-cuts to demonstrate benefits of meeting WCAG||Lisa||July 25|
|Infusion Build Site||Justin, Michelle||July 18|
|Social Justice Repair Kit||Dana, Alan||July 11|
|Energy Skate Park - Audtiory Track Construction||Jon||June 20|
|UI Options Web Browser Extension - Content Simplification||Justin||June 13|
|PhET - "Build an Atom"||Taliesin / Michael||June 6|
|"Multimodal Design Patterns for Inclusion & Accessibility"||Alan||May 30|
|Mobile UI Options||Justin / Dana||May 2|
|Facil'iti website accessibility app||Jon||April 25|
|Privacy Prototype||Dana||March 28|
|Liz Sanders Video on Addressing the Gaps Between Co-Design and more formalized approaches||Jon||March 21|
|UI Options Resdesign||Justin||March 14|
|UI Options Number Stepper||Justin||March 7|
|UI Options Toggle button||Dana / Justin||Feb 28|
|Accessible annotations and text selection||Jon||Feb 14|
|Privacy Needs & Preferences||Dana, Caren||Jan 31|
|BIG IdEA project brainstorming||Lisa, Jon||Jan 17|
|Links / Notes|
|Making/Hacking Entry for Inclusive Learning Design Handbook||Alan||Dec 13|
Draft of document in Alan's branch: http://www.alanharnum.ca/docs-inclusive-learning/InclusiveMakingAndHacking.html
|Privacy Needs & Preferences Wireframes update||Dana||Dec 6|
|Privacy Needs & Preferences||Dana||Nov. 29||(Floe) Privacy Needs and Preferences|
|Brainstorming for Nexus demos||Simon||Nov 8||https://wiki.gpii.net/w/Nexus_Dashboard|
Docs site remediation for OpenEd 2016
Inclusive Design Guide Icons
|Oct. 25||Docs site remediation design sketch (Google Drawing)|
|Strategies for WCAG compliant disabled HTML elements||Jon / Justin||Oct. 4||Notes: Design Crit - Disabled Elements and Accessibility Oct 4 Notes|
|UI Options Mobile and Desktop redesign (cont'd), and Inclusive Design Toolkit landing page.||Dana||Sep. 27|
|Unifying UI Options Mobile and Desktop||Dana||Sep. 19||Notes: Sept 20, 2016 Design Crit Notes - UI / Learner Options|
|Fluid Sandbox Design||Tony Atkins||August 24||This week's meeting is held on Wednesday at 9:00 EDT|
|Inclusive Design Guides||Sepideh / Dana||Aug 8|
|PhET Energy Skatepark||Jon||July 26|
|IDRC Website mockups and design elements||Lisa||July 19|
|First Discovery Game||Dana / Sparsh||July 12|
|Design Cards site design||Dana||May 9|
|May 2||Design Crit May 2, 2016 Notes|
|PhET Energy Skatepark||Jon||April 25||Notes|