A guest post by local champion, Dr. Alina Mierlus.
Together with other local champions – Javier Usobiaga, Marta Armanda and Toni Hermoso — we successfully held the first Design Jam here in Barcelona. We were joined by over 15 fantastic participants who made the day an amazing success!
Fueled with caffeine — we all kicked off bright and early on Saturday, the 4th of June.
After the topic was announced, the four teams started to talk, brainstorm and research during the morning session.
There were some really interesting proposals and mock-ups by the end of the day such as:
Pictures from the day were kindly taken by Toni.
General consensus was that all attendees had a great day of sharing knowledge, prototyping, meeting new people and having fun — not to mention unearthing a much welcomed new collaborative community.
“UX community not dead in Barcelona. Just atomized and hiding. I’m on a mission”.
“A mixed group of people (UX, Dev, Sysadmins) but with focus on UX and user research, collaborated for more than 6 hours to get done 4 kick-ass prototypes.”
Will We Do It Again?
Yes, indeed! All participants have expressed interest in a followup Design Jam! Be sure to follow @DesignJamBCN on Twitter for news on the next jam.
Shout outs also to fellow global Design Jam local champions (Franco – for introducing us to cool UX folks in Barcelona, Joanna and Joe – for sharing lots of tips and advice when they visited Barcelona recently).
What’s It All About
It is a one-day design session, during which people will team up to tackle an engaging User Experience challenge. Similar to developer ‘hackdays’ the aim is to get enthusiastic local UX professionals, designers, and developers from both local technology and university sectors together to learn and collaborate with each other while working on a design problem. Check out past Design Jams.
Want to get involved? Know someone?
We’re actively on the lookout for more local champions around the globe!