6-8 September 2017, McGrath Centre, St. Catharine's College

Sketch you can! Demystifying a powerful collaboration technique

A 60 minute Hands-On by:

Jeremy Kriegel

The Broad Institute

About this Hands-On

This session teaches you how to simply sketch interface concepts as well as use these skills as a facilitator to help move team conversations forward.

It begins with a brief introduction to the communication problems we face in meetings and how visual facilitation can help. I'll talk about the simple drawing tools you need - straight line, squiggly line, oval, and the alphabet. This is to start to put you at ease with the idea of sketching.

I'll also do a brief overview of sketch language, building out a simple design with basic elements. Then I'll show a real web page and compare the sketch version of it.

We'll then have some exercises. The first few involve showing you a web or app page and having you sketch it in 1 minute. Next, you'll create a type of page (ecommerce shopping cart) that you're familiar with in 90 seconds. This helps you get used to sketching quickly and using simple visual language to represent interface concepts.

To help use these skills as a facilitator, you need to be able to listen, quickly process what you hear and enhance this with your output. Something that requires similar skills is improv. To re-awaken your improv muscles, we'll play 2 quick games that also have facilitation lessons in them.

Finally, we are ready to put it all together. You'll pair off and work together to do some simple design exercises. One person plays the 'product' role, giving guidance to the other person, who is the 'sketcher'. Then you switch roles.

In the final minutes, I introduce the concepts of progressive desensitisation, encouraging you to do *something* to bring this into your current practice. We end with a quick exercise in power poses, based on the work of Amy Cuddy.

About the Speaker

Jeremy Kriegel has been designing great user experiences for 20 years. Just as we need to understand the needs and context of users to craft a design solution, Jeremy believes that success also requires us to look at the business context to craft an appropriate design process.

From start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, as a consultant or on an internal team, he has seen a lot of different scenarios that each required their own approach. He brings this diversity of experience to bear in adapting UX to agile methodologies, finding the balance appropriate for each business.

Jeremy Kriegel leads UX at The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, whose goal is to improve human health by using genomics to advance our understanding of the biology and treatment of human disease.


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