Weeknotes: 11.2016 – a new Getting to Grips with Games workshop at Derby Silk Mill

On March 18th, 2016, posted in: weeknotes by

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We’re very pleased to announce a new games workshop on the 18th April at Derby Silk Mill. This week’s “Getting to Grips with Games” day at the impressive National Military Museum in the Netherlands seemed to go down well (one participant described it as “inspiring”, which is lovely to hear) so I’m very much looking forward to running it in the UK. And especially looking forward to running it at Derby Silk Mill, itself a source of inspiration for many in the museum world, and a great location.

Derby Silk Mill

Derby Silk Mill

It will be a fun, interactive session aimed at anyone who is wondering how they could use games to engage their audiences, or thinking of commissioning a game and keen to know how to do this effectively, whether skeptic or enthusiast. It will involve lots of play and discussion, but we will also go through a rapid game design process to get a sense of how this works. More details on the eventbrite page.

The workshop will run from 11am-5pm, and include lunch and refreshments. Early bird tickets last until the end of next Friday 25th March, and cost £100 (+VAT), after which they will be £115 (+VAT). Any questions at all feel free to get in touch.

Aside from preparing for workshops, last week Lindsey was at the Service Design in Government conference. Sounds like there was a lot to think about from that, so she’s gathering her thoughts in order to share them soon.

For the UK team, there was a lot of heads down work on tenders and things we hope to be able to say more about soon. For Laura in the US, last week was a flood of project details.  She says:

“I’ve been deep into online surveys for the Science Museum and as part of my ongoing work on the family stories project I’m preparing to do empathy interviews with 12 and 13 year olds preparing for their bar/bat mitzvah, parents, rabbis and education directors at synagogues.

This is a project that could benefit from a design sprint – a process for quickly designing, prototyping and testing an idea – and (lucky for me) the smart folks at Google Ventures have just published their version of a handbook for design sprints.  Here’s a link to the book/website –http://www.thesprintbook.com/ and here’s a snack sized version: http://www.gv.com/sprint/

We’ll also be going through the design sprint process in a few weeks on another project, so keep an eye out for a report back on that.



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