Every month, Code plays host to my regular meetup group: HCD Manchester.
Our next workshop is on the 16th February 2017.
We will be exploring how we can use 'Body storming' during the design process. This will be a practical workshop. Here is a good example of the kind of thing we will be doing.
The method is an improvisational brainstorm based on interaction and movement with the body.
Reasons to use it?
To remind participants that interactions are human and physical, to teach stakeholders empathy for users, and to get away from our computers.
About the HCD Manchester group
Our group aims to grow and develop a community who values the ‘Human-Centered Design’ Ethos.
We have three key aims…
ONE – Share & spread knowledge.
TWO – Increase the adoption of Human-Centered Design.
THREE – Inspire & grow our community of advocates.
Our mission is to build a community of multi-disciplined Designers, Developers, UX Professionals, Business Owners, Product Owners and Start-Up Entrepreneurs that believe in tackling design challenges with a Human-Centered approach.
We want to foster innovation within businesses to create products and services users need and more importantly desire. We are advocates of Design Thinking; a framework that helps us design for people and puts their needs at the centre. IDEO developed the ‘design thinking’ methodology and we love it. We plan to offer regular meetups, events, workshops and socials for anyone interested in learning and sharing new skills.
Fast paced and learn by doing
Each workshop is run by an industry Professional with-in their field. Previous leaders include; Gav Holland, Head of UX at Building Blocks, Laurie Penalber an expert in accessibility and designer at Code Computerlove and Lucy Anderson, a research lead at Common Good.
You can expect...
Our workshops are usually at an introductory level. We cram a lot into our short sessions, so be prepared to get stuck in. A key part of Human-Centered design is collaboration, and it's important that our venues enable us to facilitate this. Every workshop will have group activities set in modern and comfortable environments that help us relax and learn better. The event space at Code Computerlove is perfect for this.