ohn Paul Dionisio, Manila's Ambassador of Webflow (Volunteer) and Head of Design at MOBINO Inc. hosted an event last March 28, 2020. The Meetup 7 was about How to Run a Remote Design Sprint Without Going Crazy. These are the main takeaways from the Meetup:

  1. Design Thinking is a process of creative problem solving from the users’ perspective and human-centered approach towards innovation. The importance of Design Thinking is that designers’ work processes can help us regularly extract, teach, learn and apply these human centered techniques to solve problems in a creative and innovative way depending how to ideate and reiterate your business website towards your business goal.
  1. These are the 5 main phases to do design thinking: First, Gather information to be able to understand the people that you are designing for. You should be able to answer questions such as Who are we doing this for? What is the problem? What do these people do? The next step is “How-Might-We exercise in the Design Sprint.” From the information you got, define what are the user needs, problems, challenges, or insights? After you come up with the solutions and ideas, research the potential existing matches of products/services that would help solve our user’s problems. Share your thoughts and Ideas with your teammates then vote on the best ones. With the best selected concept, now make a “fake product” or prototypes. Take note that it is not a full product. It is important to create a prototype just enough for us to test for the users. We don't need hi-fidelity prototypes but just enough that we would get the results we need. Last is, testing by the user tested (intended people designed for) and gathering valuable feedback, then back to the definition phase (first step). Take note that it’s free-form and it depends on the facilitator how to run the process
  1. Design Sprint is a way of design thinking and a recipe or the specific steps and schedule on how to ideate and validate ideas. 
  1. Take a look at this helpful tutorial on How to Run Amazing Remote Design Sprints by AJ&Smart. This video will show you the structure used for remote sprints, how they make use of their time, and organize the days. Also, how do they run design sprints for the biggest companies in the world remotely and share suggested templates.
  1. Remote Design Sprint Team consist of 2 host, 1 up to 2 Designers, 1 Decider and 4 up to 6 Clients Members
  1. Suggested remote tools are for: Conference Call: Zoom or Hangouts, Communications: Gmail or Slack, Video Recording: Loom or OBS, Whiteboard: Miro or Mural, Project Management: Basecamp or Notion, Files: Google Drive Prototype: Webflow, InVision Studio or After Effects, Figma or XD or Sketch or PS, Keynote or Google Slides, Markers & Paper
  1. JP shared why he uses Webflow because it builds fast and gets elements from a showcase, design and brand with little to no compromise with the design then launches with a free subdomain. Here are suggested materials to learn about Webflow, Webflow University, Youtube and Forums

The participants also had a chance to ask questions about Design Sprint and Webflow. Since the community in the Philippines isn’t popular yet, these online Meetups help people who would like to gain awareness of these platforms and skills. JP shared that there are only a few people who are knowledgeable about this community and he aims to expand and educate more people in the Philippines. 

Mar 28, 2020

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