Design Training

13 Jun 2009 - 10:21am
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John Labriola
2009

Can anyone recommend a design company that provides training or
consultation for a company looking to improve their design team and
process?

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13 Jun 2009 - 10:49am
Dave Malouf
2005

Hi John,

This is exactly the stuff I do during the summer and december.

But I'd also say that orgs like Cooper and some others like them are
very happy to do design training and what not.

-- dave

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13 Jun 2009 - 4:41pm
John Labriola
2009

Thanks Dave. I knew you did workshops at conferences and such, but
didn't know you did this too. This is actually for a friend, I'll
pass the info on.

Thanks!
John

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13 Jun 2009 - 10:28pm
David B. Rondeau
2003

I work at InContext Design (www.incontextdesign.com) and we coach
design teams to learn the Contextual Design process. This includes
everything from gathering customer data to prototype testing (with a
lot in between).

We also offer what we call hybrid design projects where we mix the
team members%u20142 team members from InContext and 2-3 team members
from the client.

In both cases, the teams are being coached while they are working on
a project. We also help teach teams how to work effectively together
and deliver on time.

-dave

David B. Rondeau
Design Chair
InContext Design ( http://www.incontextdesign.com )

Twitter: dbrondeau

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13 Jun 2009 - 4:29pm
Mike Morgan
2009

Dave,

That wasn't very helpful - Orgs like Cooper??? What does that mean?
Do you have any contact info...like a website so we can learn more?

-Mike

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13 Jun 2009 - 1:26pm
Stephen Nitz
2009

Traditionally you would hire a creative director who would set the
bar, mentor and lead the staff to a higher standard and suppllement
with continuing education.

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14 Jun 2009 - 3:58am
Yohan Creemers
2008

Hi Mike,

answering your question:

>Orgs like Cooper??? What does that mean?
>Do you have any contact info?

http://www.cooper.com/services/training/
http://www.cooper.com/insights/books/
http://www.ixda.org/profile.php?id=Alan+cooper.com

- Yohan.

14 Jun 2009 - 8:03am
John Labriola
2009

Hey Guys,

Thanks for continuing the discussion, this is all great stuff. And to
be honest I was surprised that there wasn't too much I could find int
he discussion threads on this topic.

The situation I have is I have a good friend in a medium size
marketing company. They originally did only graphic design, then they
got into simple brochure-ware web design, then into Facebook
applications, and now they are looking to do more.

I am a ux designer, focusing mostly on IxD and I could probably help
them. But I feel a company/person who does this on regular basis
would be better.

- John

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14 Jun 2009 - 8:20am
Mark Schraad
2006

John,
Most successful design studios (print, web, ID, arch) are successful because
they understand and have refined process. And by process, I don't mean an
assembly line like process, but an understanding of what tools to apply to
what situation. Most of those successful firms institutionalize this, and in
many cases (IDEO) sell upon the benefits of their process. In some case the
process can become a large portion of the brand (discover, define, design
etc). Most any firm will consult... and often about process. In the
nineties, we were leaders in application of digital tools to the graphic
design process and would often book our lead designers for weeks of
consulting and training within corporations. We found that in 9 out of 10
cases this lead to design consulting and to some really great projects.

Mark

On Sun, Jun 14, 2009 at 1:03 AM, John Labriola <johnlabriola at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hey Guys,
>
> Thanks for continuing the discussion, this is all great stuff. And to
> be honest I was surprised that there wasn't too much I could find int
> he discussion threads on this topic.
>
> The situation I have is I have a good friend in a medium size
> marketing company. They originally did only graphic design, then they
> got into simple brochure-ware web design, then into Facebook
> applications, and now they are looking to do more.
>
> I am a ux designer, focusing mostly on IxD and I could probably help
> them. But I feel a company/person who does this on regular basis
> would be better.
>
> - John
>
>
>
>
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14 Jun 2009 - 9:53am
Barbara Ballard
2005

On Sun, Jun 14, 2009 at 8:20 AM, mark schraad<mschraad at gmail.com> wrote:
> Most of those successful firms institutionalize this, and in
> many cases (IDEO) sell upon the benefits of their process. In some case the
> process can become a large portion of the brand (discover, define, design
> etc). Most any firm will consult... and often about process. In the
> nineties, we were leaders in application of digital tools to the graphic
> design process and would often book our lead designers for weeks of
> consulting and training within corporations. We found that in 9 out of 10
> cases this lead to design consulting and to some really great projects.

Even a tiny little firm like ours is starting into this space. Steven
Hoober chatted with some folks at Interaction'09 about his process
book that's been a work in progress for a few years now. He finally
"finished" it and it's available.

http://dbd.littlespringsdesign.com/

The book is actually a conversation: any good comments on a part of
the book will be incorporated into future versions, published a couple
times a year.

~~~~~
Barbara Ballard
Skype: barbara_ballard
Twitter, Delicious: barbaraballard
email: barbara at littlespringsdesign.com
1.785.838.3003

15 Jun 2009 - 10:50am
Peter Merholz
2004

Adaptive Path (my company) has conducted a wide variety of in-house
training for a wide variety of organizations.

We've often given our UX Intensive and Good Design Faster public
workshops as on-site training, tailored to an organizations' needs.

http://www.adaptivepath.com/events/2009/uxi/
http://adaptivepath.com/events/2009/apr/

--peter

On Jun 13, 2009, at 4:21 PM, John Labriola wrote:

> Can anyone recommend a design company that provides training or
> consultation for a company looking to improve their design team and
> process?
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21 Jun 2009 - 5:49pm
MJ Broadbent
2010

I recommend you speak with Elizabeth Pastor at Humantific. They offer
a number of great workshops -- publicly as well as within
organizations -- around design process. I know some people can be a
bit put off by their branded nomenclature however (IMHO) their
facilitation, content, and the outcome for participants is excellent.

http://www.humantific.com
(212) 699-6441 (Elizabeth)

Cheers,
MJ

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