Hello 2014!

2014.. here we go!

Things are brewing nicely for 2014!

  • getRTI design workshop: getRTI is both a crowd-sourced public repository of all RTI data and a filing platform, built with love in Hyderabad. The getRTI team will join us on Jan 11th for a brainstorming session on improving the usability of their application.
  • Logo love workshop: Join the creative crew from 17dNorth as they walk us through the ins & outs of logo design. This will be followed by iterating through some designs for local open source software or community programmes (proposals welcome!)

So, we hope you join us in 2014!

 

2013 roundup

Hyderabad Design Evenings came together one fine afternoon in Hyderabad at the lovely Lamakaan. The idea was formulated through several meetings of the Hyderabad UI Design & Dev group that was formed earlier in the year.

There seemed to be a general consensus that there wasn’t a community  that celebrated the vibrant and growing Hyderabad creatives or a space where we could come together and collaborate on new projects that would make the city and the products we make better.

After several meetings at Lamakaan we realized that we needed a more workshop type of space where we could brainstorm & collaborate on design solutions. Farhan came through with the most wonderful Hyderabad Liberal Arts Institute space. This space is perfectly suited for design evenings, with lot’s of light, many writing surfaces for collaboration, and pretty much all the low-tech and high-tech solutions needed for brainstorming.

Our first event here we collaborated on improving bus transportation signage for the city, a project proposed by Harsha Devulapalli from Hyderabad Urban Lab.

Jan 11th: get RTI

The getRTI team has requested Hyderabad Design Evenings to brainstorm solutions around their open source repository to help anyone file and get access to RTI (Right to Information) requests.

Event

Eventbrite - Hyderabad Design Evenings: getRTI

User Persona

Pretty much anyone who needs access to information from the Government. A citizen, activist group, government entity.

Design Challenge

The getRTI repository has 1000’s of documents that have been categorized/tagged by geography, subject, department, etc. At Design Evenings we will be:

  • Iterating through the ideal way for users to be able to search & find information
  • Display patterns found in this data. For example “There is a concentration of RTI requests regarding police brutality in region XYZ”

About the app

GetRTI is both a crowd-sourced public repository of all RTI information as well as a filing platform. Anyone can  can use this platform to search from hundreds and eventually thousands of requests as well as reuse data.

  • Data of RTI applications, replies in terms of subject of the application, department, geography etc would be available.
  • The citizen could search for a specific RTI information if its already filed by somebody, activist groups could use this data to campaign for better proactive disclosure policies, greater transparency from departments where there is greater demand for information. Government could use this data to improve their disclosure regime.

Hyderabad Design Evenings is happy to be a community partner for HasGeek Meta Refresh 2014!

HasGeek announces Meta Refresh 2014, an annual conference for front-end engineers and UX/UI designers. Submit talks on (a) front-end workflow process and automation, and (b) the challenges in getting designers and developers to understand each other and work together productively. Submit talk and workshop proposals on http://funnel.hasgeek.com/metarefresh2014

Meta Refresh will be held from 12th to 15th Feb in Bangalore. Seehttp://metarefresh.in/2014 for more details.

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Hyderabad Design Evening: Do Din Edition

In this episode we will focus on urban design problems surrounding Do Din – a two day community driven urban techno-arts event.

One of the tracks at Do Din is Gyarah Number Bus (Route 11) is urban slang for walking in the city. (You rely on your two legs to get to places). The session will focus multiple hacks on mobility & transportation.

User Persona

Anyone who has to use public transport to get around. Where do they get started, how do they acquaint themselves with available routes, how long do they need to wait for the next bus, when can they reach their destination?

Design Challenges

  1. Logo Design: Gyarah Number Bus or Nawabi Sawari
  2. Route Board: Redesign the Route Board for RTC buses so they are easy to read and many times do not include Urdu.
  3. How do I get there? We have bus route/frequency data from RTC. How can this be represented in a way that someone can easily download & print a pocket size version that is relevant to them.

What’s it all about?

Design Evenings is a group that fosters and celebrates  creative communities in cities across India, and soon across the world.

We meet once a month for 3 hours to solve one local design problem; proposed by open source software makers, local activists and non-profits, and anyone who wants to collaborate. We brainstorm, sketch & wireframe, and discuss towards identifying a set of possible approaches to solve the problem.

We invite designers, innovators, and thinkers from all disciplines to join us.

If you are interested in hosting a Design Evening in your city, drop us a note!