The final Digital Innovation Student Network event of the year saw some of Manchester’s top names in User Experience and Design (UX&D) leading a series of workshops with MMU students.
Aimed at students of all abilities interested in working with digital technology, the evening event on 8 December was attended by undergraduates from the departments of Information Communication, Creative Multimedia, Architecture, and Computer Science, as well as PhD and MA students.
Three members of the team at city centre based digital agency Code Computerlove covered a variety of topics. Lead creative Colin Preston explored how to create better product ideas, while designer Charles Burdett and senior interactive designer Tom Newton led an introductory workshop on rapid prototyping.
Also sharing his knowledge was Jonny Evans, head of design at Reason Digital – a social enterprise that wants to do ‘a little good’ with the web. Evans gave an introduction to human-centred design that prompted various positive tweets.
Digital Media and Marketing student @Norwegianbrunch tweeted that it was “an awesome workshop”. Web development undergraduate @AlexMClapperton agreed, tweeting, ‘Great workshop on Human Centred Design’, while Digital Media and Marketing third year @drrnja said: “Really enjoyed my intro to human centred design today.”
Digital Innovation Project Coordinator Hayley Walsh was impressed with how the students worked together during the workshop.
“All the students came together in a short space of time to form ideas in their individual groups, working collaboratively to produce and then present these ideas. Despite being from different disciplines and of all ages and year groups, there was an evident understanding and desire to collaborate.”
The Digital Innovation Student Network organises regular workshops, seminars and other activities. Working with MMU staff and a wide range of people in the digital sector, the network aims to develop knowledge, skills and collaboration across disciplines. Events in the new year will be announced soon.