Phase 1: Gather and organize

Meet with your team and begin to establish meeting times and meeting agendas.

Synchronous meetings can be very productive and are recommended for weekly check-ins with your group, but you can get started discussing things over a chat tool or email.

Agenda items for design meetings

The following are some recommended items to consider for meeting agendas. Ultimately, you are responsible for crafting meeting agendas:

  1. Introductions or icebreaker
  2. Read through the project prompt and forthcoming steps, look at provided resources, and discuss any questions about the project that the team may have (Please send questions to your instructor if you are still unclear after this discussion).
  3. What are your immediate thoughts about the prompt? Share some creative work or experiences that it reminds you of.
  4. Decide on team collaboration tools. A more comprehensive list is located on the collaboration tools page.
  5. Identify meeting times.
  6. Discuss types of digital media workflows, tools, and formats that are of interest to the group.
  7. Brainstorm specific design challenges (problems to solve) or subjects related to the prompt. It may be beneficial to bring some ideas to the initial meeting, or to convene a second meeting later to spend more time discussing. The project's focus word is meant to give you a starting point, and guide any design thinking activities, similar to the ones used in the Double Diamond process in DMD100. You can refer back to DMD100 at any time if you do not recall the activities that were used.
  8. Decide whether to assign team member roles. If roles are desired, what are they and who are they assigned to?
  9. Articulate some goals for the project and yourselves (even if the exact idea for the project has yet to be determined)

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