Bringing Lo-Fi to Wifi: Effective Brainstorming via Video

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William Donnell @sodiumhalogen SODIUM HALOGEN Post-it Notes and whiteboards are basic office collaboration tools, supporting useful, well-established processes for group brainstorming. But when you’re not physically next to the same wall, the effectiveness of these tools crumbles. William Donnell, Founder of Sodium Halogen, an experience-design consulting firm, often works with groups of up to eight and will share the techniques he’s developed for ensuring lively, engaged virtual brainstorming.

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  • William Donnell @sodiumhalogen #lowi Eective brainstorming via video BRINGING LO-FI TO WIFI
  • ARE YOU CREATIVE?
  • DO YOU HAVE A BRAIN?
  • Get the IDEAS out of your BRAIN & on to PAPER
  • Eective brainstorming via video BRINGING LO-FI TO WIFI Sodium Halogen Lead Designtist William Donnell @sodiumhalogen #lowi
  • 5 people : 3 time zones CA TN KY
  • *Austrailia & Brazil too We do UX, UI and branding for clients all over US*
  • Lots of design thinking sketches, post-its, sharpies, whiteboards - 2D stu
  • We use lots of tools to collaborate
  • VIDEO CHAT is best way to collaborate remotely
  • It's not just about COMMUNICATION, but COMMUNITY With distributed teams,
  • Perceived Distance Theory each step toward in-person halves the perceived distance
  • Email Phone Video Perceived Distance Theory each step toward in-person halves the perceived distance
  • Email Phone Video Perceived Distance Theory each step toward in-person halves the perceived distance
  • Email Phone Video Perceived Distance Theory each step toward in-person halves the perceived distance
  • Email Phone Video Perceived Distance Theory each step toward in-person halves the perceived distance sweetspot!
  • Video Perceived Distance Theory each step toward in-person halves the perceived distance tear! Conference Call PhoneEmail
  • * VIDEO is the sweetspot! Awesome! *
  • The basic setup + Two laptops and free software
  • The BEST TOOLS for video chat are the ones you ALREADY HAVE
  • Bring the camera to the wall
  • Hold your sketch up to the camera or share a phone pic
  • These were the tools we had, so we used them and they worked
  • Advanced setup + add a second camera
  • Two camera Hangout hack experiment hangout
  • Two camera Hangout hack experiment hangout iPhone on tripod
  • Two camera Hangout hack one camera for faces. one for ideas.
  • Two camera Hangout hack one camera for faces. one for ideas.
  • SET UP TWO CAMERAS AT EACH LOCATION + +
  • We tried virtual tools, but came back to pen and paper google docs screenshot virtual stickies screenshot
  • A better second camera meet iPevo
  • A better second camera get the ideas out of your head and on to paper
  • Explain your ideas with screencasts
  • YOUR CHALLENGE: Brainstorm using video next week with two laptops & free software cheatsheet at: SodiumHalogen.com/lowi
  • Wrap up BIG ideas 1. Everyone is creative! (yes, even you) 2. Ideas come from everywhere (accounting, HR, etc) 3. Make it easy to video brainstorm (conference call suck) 4. Get the ideas on paper (get out of the brain) 5. Video is the sweet spot! 6. Add a second camera (a better camera) 7. Screencasts help with sharing ideas across timezones 8. Try it now!
  • QUESTIONS? WILLIAM DONNELL wm@sodiumhalogen.com @sodiumhalogen #lowi