Convivial Design Toolbox

A tough book to get through, mainly because the beginning reminds me of my Bachelors degree. But thankfully it was a built up towards a much more interesting end. Where explanations are written about what toolbox to use in what situation. We are not talking about building a house, but about gaining live information when starting a project. Valuable information for all groups that are in the project. 

I was reading this book and the Lean Startup by Eric Ries at the same time. [Ries’ book is about how a lean start-up works and where his startup had difficulties] In my head I started applying the different toolboxes to the described situations in the Lean Startup. Most important lessons I took from ‘the convivial design toolbox’. When running a research project think about your audience, client, scale and wishes in all states of the research. And do not forget to reflect back with the participants throughout the process. 

The information is applicable in our group project where we are asked to come up with a group session for a bar camp event about The internet of things. While it sounds like all the high tech stuff would be necessary to amuse the audience, I now learned that it can kill the imagination of your participants. The less finished the prototypes are, the better, but of course, one has to think about what he brings to make sure it suits the purpose. 

Sanders E & Stappers PJ (2013) Convivial Toolbox, BIS Publishers, Amsterdam