Author Archives: Ross Floate
Earlier this year we were pleased to work together with our friends at Mule Design to bring Mike Monteiro’s “Presenting Design Like Your Life Depends On It” to Melbourne’s design and UX community.
Next up, Erika Hall, author of the shortest (and in my opinion, best) book on research “Just Enough Research” is going to be showing us all how to Research Together in Melbourne on 9 September.
The workshop will cover the most practical approaches for anyone busy doing other things. And show you how to fit research into virtually any timeline, type of organization, or process.
You’ll learn how to:
- Use research in any organization, budget, team, or timeframe
- Identify and formulate your key questions (Hint: they’re not the ones you think they are.)
- Choose research methods and activities
- Master the art of the interview
- Think as a team to get the best insights from your data
- Digest, report, and share insights so that none get lost or go to waste
- Convince skeptics of the value of being a skeptic
- Cultivate practical curiosity throughout your company
Who is this workshop for?
Anyone who participates in the design and development of any type of product or service will benefit. Designer, developer, writer, product manager, researcher — whatever your role you’ll learn how to work with your team to make better decisions faster. If you’re an independent consultant or freelancer, you’ll learn how to get your clients to understand the value of research.
The workshop is being held at Melbourne’s Kelvin Club on 9 September and tickets are available now. Come along and learn why knowledge is best when shared.
Can’t fly to San Francisco for one of Mule Design’s highly sought-after workshops? Well we’re bringing one to you, Melbourne.
Our dear friends at Mule Design Studio in San Francisco have been doing some brilliant and engaging work in the past few years — above and beyond the excellent work they do for their clients.
Starting with Mike Monteiro’s “Fuck You, Pay Me” talk at Creative Mornings, through stirring and career-shifting books and talks by both Erika Hall and Mike Monteiro, they’ve been sounding a clarion that says “we can do this much better”. And people have been listening.
But nobody from Mule had ever come to Melbourne, despite our constant encouragement. But we at Floate kept persisting (hassling, really)and now we are extremely pleased be hosting a Mule workshop by Mike Monteiro “Presenting design like your life depends on it” on January 28.
Over at Dear Design Student today, Ross has a piece on the value of both specialists and generalists.
Generalists and specialists each approach the world from opposing viewpoints. Specialists often think of generalists as focus-free dilettantes, while generalists can’t think of anything more boring than going through a career with a single area of interest.
Pop over and have a look.
Design can be a difficult job to get a hang of. There are no apprenticeships, hardly any mentors, and people guard their experience jealously because it’s a competitive advantage.
Now there’s Dear Design Student, a new publication featuring working designers (including yours truly) who take the time to answer the questions that have been on your mind. The writing team includes Erika Hall, Jennifer Daniel, Dan Mall, Mike Monteiro, and Liam Campbell — all very talented people with a wealth of experience to share.
If you’ve got questions about the business and practice of design, head on over and ask a question.
If we want to build, we have to know about our foundations.
The standard of work was very high at last week’s graduate exhibition for the Tractor Design School in Melbourne. Some of it was exceptional. Tractor is getting good work from its students and, obviously, from its faculty.
I asked the graduates I spoke to the same series of questions I always ask young designers: What are you excited about? Where do you think the next three years will take you? Which designers have been an influence on you so far?
The last question always flummoxes people. Only one graduate had an answer for that question. That’s not good enough. It’s akin to saying you want to be a writer but haven’t read a work of Shakespeare, or a physicist who can’t be bothered learning the rules of thermodynamics. Read more