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Workshop Technique: Design Consequences

Leisa Reichelt’s workshop technique design consequences

I was so pleased with the results I would like to share with you.

Using a Modified Workshop Setup

Leisa proposes to ask the participants to swap designs and to continue designing with their neighbour’s sketches. However, I decided to slightly simplify the setup — I asked the participants to prepare their designs without passing them on.

The reason for the modifications were:

The Design Challenges

For the first workshop we wanted to design a simple search dialog for text modules used in standard business letters. We had to consider some preconditions and constraints defined by other departments of the company.

The initial search yields the list of text modules filtered by such a set of four categories.

I asked the participants to design a search facility with the following capabilities:

In the second workshop the design challenge was to design a support for multiple open sub-windows for an application using only modal dialogs.

I asked the participants to design an interface which enables the users to

Now for the consequences part: I explained that I wanted them to stop working after the suspending part and wait for everyone else to finish. I thought I made that point very clear.

The Results of the Workshops

The first workshop was a bit of a surprise for everyone. As I mentioned, I had little time to prepare the workshop thoroughly. Before the workshop the participants were rather sceptic of the usefulness of the approach. However, they did not object and agreed to do their sketches. After about 10 minutes we pinned the designs to a wall and started the presentation followed by a discussion.

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Conclusions

This method is very useful if you need to

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