Community Workout - User Experience (UX) 101
Oct
17
6:00 PM18:00

Community Workout - User Experience (UX) 101

Our community workouts are all about training your 'idea muscle' (aka your brain). There we train one specific creativity and/or design aspect.

This time our session focuses on User Experience Design (UX). You will practice UX principles in a quick warm-up exercise and solve a UX challenge during a game of "(Anti) UX". Sounds fun? It is; promise!

This particular community workout is perfect for UX Beginners since we'll train the UX design mindset rather than a certain skill or technique. It's also interesting for seasoned designers since you flex your creative muscle in an unconventional way. 

Also, you'll hear a short input on a certain creativity/design aspect (e.g. curiosity, habits, motivation, idea generating advanced, ...) at the end. Eventually we have time to chat about our projects and creative endeavors in our everyday life.

    It will be relaxed and easygoing, much fun, yet you’ll train creativity, design skills & idea muscle. The only thing you need is your favorite pen.

    The rundown (60 minutes workout + 30 minutes optional community meet'n'greet):

    • Intro (10 minutes) - Don't be late or you won't hear who participates
    • Warm-up exercise (5-10 minutes)
    • Workout, workout, workout (30 minutes)
    • Short input from us on one creativity aspect (5-10 minutes)
    • Optional: Cool-down aka. chatting over a drink (30 minutes or more)

    Join us if you want to:

    • meet like minded people
    • regain creative confidence and learn design tools
    • exercise your UX design mindest
    • ask for advice or feedback on anything and everything
    • learn what the Creativity Gym is all about
    • have a relaxing, fun after-work drink in an unconventional atmosphere

    After the session you'll see products and services in a new light – Promise!

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    Community Workout
    Sep
    20
    6:30 PM18:30

    Community Workout

    Our community workouts are all about training your 'idea muscle' (aka your brain). Being confident in generating ideas will help you with being creative in everyday life. It also will allow you to see more opportunities for solutions. 

    In our community workouts we focus on one idea generation technique and practice it with a few simple exercises. By the end of the workout, you will have generated a double-digit number of ideas (alone and with others) and learned about how you can implement those techniques into your daily routine.

    Also, you'll always hear a short input on a certain creativity aspect (e.g. curiosity, habits, motivation, idea generating advanced, ...). Eventually we have time to chat about our projects and creative endeavors in our everyday life.

      It will be relaxed and easygoing, much fun, yet you’ll train creativity, design skills & idea muscle. The only thing you need is your favorite pen.

      The rundown (60 minutes workout + 30 minutes optional community meet'n'greet):

      • Intro (10 minutes) - Don't be late or you won't hear who participates
      • Warm-up exercise (5-10 minutes)
      • Workout, workout, workout (30 minutes)
      • Short input from us on one creativity aspect (5-10 minutes)
      • Optional: Cool-down aka. chatting over a drink (30 minutes or more)

      Join us if you want to:

      • meet like minded people
      • regain creative confidence and learn design tools
      • exercise your skills if you know the particular technique
      • ask for advice or feedback on anything and everything
      • learn what the Creativity Gym is all about
      • have a relaxing after-work drink in an unconventional atmosphere

      After the session you'll be more confident in generating ideas – Promise!

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      Graphic Design Basics for "Non-Designers"
      Jul
      11
      6:00 AM06:00

      Graphic Design Basics for "Non-Designers"

      Although design is not reserved to how it looks like, some graphic design basics aren't bad either. In this session you will exercise some basic graphic design concepts that can help you to build up creative confidence and enhance your (visual) problem solving skills.

      The rundown

      The first fifteen minutes are reserved for introduction. Who is here and what's their background? If you miss that, you won't know who is at the table :)

      Before we start to flex our creative muscles, we will hear some insights from Harald Palma, a designer who started with graphic design 20 years ago. He will share his experiences and tips in a 20 minutes kick-off. This is a premier a Creativity Gym premier and we are happy to have an external expert with us.

      After that, you will first learn about 3 basic graphic design concepts and apply them right away in 2 or 3 exercises. Specifically you will learn about: (a)symmetry, scale, hierarchy and grids (and maybe framing). You will see that you can already achieve a lot by applying those basics. You do not need any particular graphical skills. The focus is on basic techniques that are easy to learn and to apply right away.

      Bring your favorite pens or pencils in 2-3 different weights and/or colors and you are set. If you want to bring your laptop (Word and Powerpoint are enough) for more diverse experiments. 

      The input and exercises should take around 60 minutes.

      You start into your evening with new visual skills and the great feeling of having flexed your creative muscles. The class is not designed for seasoned (graphic) designers since we really cover some basics.

      Your creative coaches for this evening

      Harald Palma, founder of palmadesign and seasoned graphic designer with more than 20 years of experience. Studied at the Graphische followed by studies in graphic design. Freelancing in San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Vienna.

      Stephan Kardos, founder of the Creativity Gym and an autodidact Designer who acquired his graphic design skills in various self-started projects, developed those ever since and even designed a card game once. 

      In a nutshell

      Fun, relaxed, easy going yet you’ll learn new design techniques that can help you professionally or personally while meeting like-minded people.

      Why Graphic Design Basics?

      While well designed graphical work is a craft and art that demands continuous practice to master, everybody can learn and apply graphic basics. Improved graphic skills can help in many areas, private and professional. From the enhanced powerpoint presentation, over confidence to get started with this visual project you had in mind to enhanced visual problem solving skills. Everybody can benefit from a basic understanding of visual language.

      CU Soon :)

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      Design Research Essentials: Interviewing and Observation
      May
      16
      6:00 PM18:00

      Design Research Essentials: Interviewing and Observation

      Design is as much problem understanding as it is problem solving. In this session you will learn and practice two handy design research tools: interviewing and observing. Both can help you to understand the people you design for.

      The rundown

      The first fifteen minutes are reserved for introduction. Who is here and what's their background? If you miss that, you won't know who is at the table :)

      Then we'll first give you a rough introduction on the topic of design research. We'll start with two mini-tasks as warm-up; one for interviewing and another for observation. After that you will practice your your newly acquired knowledge over two more demanding tasks. This should take an hour.

      Eventually, we'll chat about our design research experiences while enjoying an after-work drink. You end your working day with a new design skill and the great feeling of having flexed your creative muscles.

      In a nutshell

      Fun, relaxed, easy going yet you’ll learn a new design tool that can help you professionally or personally while meeting like-minded people.

      Why Design Research?

      Deep understanding the people you design for is key to come up with an insightful solution to a challenge, a problem or an opportunity. Designers use many tools to learn more about people's motivations, habits, behaviours and needs. Face-to-face interviews as well as observation are surely among the essential tools of a designer. It's also perfect for freelancers, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, people with a creative project in mind or curious individuals eager to exercise their design muscle.

      CU Soon :)

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