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Design Jam Brighton is happening at Cogapp (4th Floor, Lees House, 21-33 Dyke Road, Brighton, BN1 3FE) on 5 Nov 2011. Please follow [@designjambri] for updates.


What is Design Jam?

Design Jam is a one-day design session, during which people will team up to tackle engaging User Experience (UX) challenges. Similar to developer ‘hackdays’ the aim is to get designers, developers, and more together to learn and collaborate with each other while working on actual design problems. The sessions champion open-source thinking & sharing and are non-profit, run by local volunteers.

What to expect

Attendees will form groups based on the skills they contribute and what they’d like to learn. Teams will then work to answer a design brief unveiled on the day. Teams are self-organising and can work however they like, be that conducting research, sketching, running guerrilla usability tests, creating visual mockups and so on.

At the end of the day, each team presents their solution to all attendees, sharing their deliverables and the thought process behind their design work. Presentation deliverables could be prototypes, sketches, storyboards or videos - whatever communicates the idea best. All outputs from the day must be made available to the world under the Creative Commons Attribution license. All materials will be shared on this wiki or attached to the event's Lanyrd page, and teams are encouraged to write a short blog post about their design process and idea.

A team of mentors will offer help and constructive guidance throughout the day.

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Who should attend?

Anybody who would like to practice and hone their design skills, from research, brainstorming, sketching or prototyping. Design Jam is open to anyone but will be particularly useful for designers working in the digital industry: interaction designers, UX designers, information architects, graphic and visual designers, product designers, web designers, students and product managers.

What to bring

We'll provide basic stationery – pens, Sharpies, paper, post-its – but if you want to bring special equipment with you (UI stencils, your favourite fineliner, laptop, usability testing software) then please do so.

Getting there

No parking is available, and Brighton isn't exactly car-friendly, so we recommend using public transport. Cogapp is a 10-15 minute walk from the station, and you could use the exercise. Route from Brighton Station to Cogapp.

Ticket information

We're releasing three batches of free tickets via Eventbrite:

If we sell out, we'll open a waiting list after the final batch. If you're not sure you can come, do not get a ticket. That's not cool.

Please consider adding yourself to the Lanyrd page if you're coming:


Claire Rowland @clurr

Claire is Head of Research for Fjord London ( an international digital service design agency. She has worked extensively in the field of user experience research and design, and has conducted hundreds of hours of user research ranging from ethnographic studies, contextual interviews and user testing, to participatory design sessions.

Much of Claire’s current research revolves around how the digital world is breaking away from ‘glowing rectangles’ and moving toward imbuing everyday objects and environments with connectivity and the ability to process data. She is currently exploring the challenges this unchartered level of complexity brings for user experience and service designers, as well as what this shift means in terms of users’ expectations of everyday devices.

Ben Bashford @bashford

Ben is a born and bred Londoner with a background in fine art, graphics and electronic music. He’s been designing and building things for the internet since it was but a subculture. He’s passionate about the open, ubiquitous, social web as well as creating products and services that combine networked technologies with physical objects.

He says he’s happiest when working as part of a multidisciplinary creative team and strives to create innovative things that are not only clear, concise and easy to use, but open and accessible to as many people as possible – now and for many years to come, regardless of platform or device. Find out more about Ben:

Vanessa Harden @vanessaharden

Vanessa is a UK-based Canadian designer. She studied at the Royal College of Art, where she gained a Masters in Interaction design, and has been affiliated with various educational institutes such as the MIT Media Lab, and Hexagram Labs at Concordia University. She has worked on a large number of creative projects that all centre around ways to integrate new design practices into everyday life. Her projects have encompassed such wide-ranging topics as inter-species collaboration, guerilla gardening, immersive communication and tangible user interfaces. See more about Vanessa’s work here:

Greg Hadfield @GregHadfield

Greg is Director of Strategic Projects, where he pursues his passion for using new technologies to create intelligent and useful digital products and projects that enrich the lives of the people who use them. Previously he has been a successful entrepreneur (creating Soccernet, Schoolsnet, Wills Information News Service and AllTogether Technology Ltd) and was also news editor for the Sunday Times and head of digital development at the Telegraph Media Group.

One of his enduring obsessions is Open Data; promoting greater access to it, generation of it and creative uses for it. To further these aims, he is organising the UK's first The Open-data Cities Conference, to be held in Brighton on Friday 20th April 2012.


We are delighted to have Cogapp, TH_NK, Madgex and the University of Brighton as the sponsors of Design Jam Brighton.


One of the leading digital media agencies in the UK, Cogapp were founded in 1985 and have worked with almost every digital media technology from the floppy disk to the iPad. Specialists in user-led design their current projects include websites, interactive installations and next generation mobile applications for organisations such as Tate Modern, British Library and Dorling Kindersley. Cogapp


Our main sponsor TH_NK, is one of the UK’s leading digital agencies. They deliver innovative and engaging customer experiences and communication. TH_NK are technology, sector and channel neutral, and it is this flexibility and bigger-picture thinking that helps them drive transformation and deliver thought-leadership within the world’s largest organisations such as Sony, BlackBerry, Warner Brothers, Bupa, BBC and Pottermore – J.K. Rowling’s groundbreaking new website. TH_NK

Supporting sponsor

Brighton-based Madgex are one of the UK's leading job board business consultancies. Madgex


Richard Griffiths, Programme Leader for the University of Brighton's MSc in User Experience Design, is supporting Design Jam Brighton by supplying the all-important visualiser for the presentations.

We would like to extend our thanks to all of our sponsors for helping to make the event possible.

Lottery sponsors

We are excited to be able to give away some fabulous lottery prizes on the day.

Three super cool books from leading publishers O'Reilly Media. Since 1978, O'Reilly have spread the knowledge of innovators through its technology books, online services, magazines, research, and tech conferences.

One free subscription to Optimal Workshop. Taking their years of experience in usability consulting, Optimal Workshop have condensed their knowledge into a suite of clever online usability study tools.


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