Break the ice with the team: what has brought SmartFeed team members to where they are today? Watch how Jose establishes rapport with his client and invites audience members as contributors to the table. Positive and effective design experiences begin with establishing team members as assets.
We have an absolutely, really life client here in our workshop today working with jose and we're going to discover the u x the user experience for their mobile site. We have smart feet and representing smart feet is lindsley donnelly, susan george and dd angle so ladies, welcome. Thank you so much. I've been on your website, I see what you're about to do for the world, and I have nephews and I have lots of little kids in my life, so the ability to be able to organize all all that media out there for them, I think is brilliant. So, folks, we encourage you actually dd I'm just sorry, lindsey, and we start with you. Can you tell us the folks out there? What the hell is for the site? Yes, it's the smart feeds the dead, the dead, the smart feed and we'd love to have you come and visit it in see ways that we hope we can solve some kids media management challenges for parents. Cool. All right, thank you, jose. I'm your show taking so much back to me here in the studio. So this segment is goin...
g to be interesting because what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna break the fourth wall a little bit and kind of set it up so that both the audience attending and us to client know what's going on or what's happening in my head versus not so this is rare to have a big audience when you're doing it with a client. So for the sake of argument, you guys are also going to be part of the team to some degree, which some of you are now, that doesn't mean that all of you canaletto once a oh and contribute, but you can raise your hand and potentially contribute some of the components specially since we have other team members in the audience for it the way that I can start this is you did see the first segment, which I did not know you were watching, but I didn't say anything horrible trying to do some to diligence pay attention the back good, I'm glad I'm going to do it just like any other session. So one of the key things guys and this is again breaking the fourth wall is how do you establish you know, a report with your audience or with your team? And I have the cards from this morning here as like petals, like in a band of the things that you guys want to focus on, and I know that for a tino for example, you know, working with an executive team is important, so the idea of really getting to know the people and having a good sense of report with the team is super important you do that before you did during the early process. If you're a designer who's selling, you do it during the sales process, these are people you're gonna have to be fairly intimate with in regards to the work that you're doing and knowing about their businesses and being an advocate for their businesses being part of their team. So this designer client relationship, it just doesn't work for me. I mean, I don't I'm not a designer on your team, part of your team, you know, I'm not a service provider, I'm an asset, so different mindset and how you feel versus one before you were giving it task. You know, eric, you might be given a task today do this illustration in this layout for us, this is different, you're now facilitating for the business so it's a different role. So with that said, the first part that we're going to do is we're going to ensure that you guys get what you want out of it, but also that we know a lot a little bit about each other and also in this case, there's an audience watching so an exercise for breaking the ice within a facilitation environment, aside from the brand attributes exercise, which we already did on the phone and got to know each other and I should have fairly late to, uh which is rare I don't know that that often um your name where you grew up and one thing that most people in the room might not know about you so lindsay donnelly quite a lot else in that name I grew up in texas in a different city every year until I was in high school so coming in and out of environments that learning people with something I got, uh training ground early and you might not know that I was named after my grandfather's military academy for boys that's a weird one yeah, you're the ceo of I am the ceo and founder roast market you should be a former consultant. Yes. So I have had a chance to work into commerce since nineteen ninety nine and so I have a passion for understanding how people on the other side of the screen or feeling and interacting with things. And so I did it in the arch craft space for a business called joanne dot com which went went on to join in fact we know john well macro made from their fantastic fantastic and hopefully not that is not true not on dio straight up for retail. I like that um and then went on to work at wine dot com which is another kind of business that people are pretty enthusiastic about their wine and so it was kind of a natural one to think about how to bring some of those lessons into a problem that our family was tackling on kids media management awesome thank you, linds we appreciate that. Um so my name's dd angle some people call me d and I grew up in palo alto, california so not too far away and one thing that people might not know about me is that having to little boys who are seven and nine I know a lot more about football trivia than I ever have in my life or cared to have and it's a lot of fun they've had boys dressing up this football players for several halloween's now what team has won more than three super bowls consecutively between nineteen seventy six in nineteen eighty two go forty niners I'm joking having no idea prison right krystle thank you. I appreciate that and last but not least susan thank you I'm susan george I grew up in atlanta georgia um and always wanted to name a child georgia but it doesn't work well with george howe and I've worked in silicon valley and with startups for many, many years about fifteen to be exact and something that people don't know about me I once had a voicemail from oprah winfrey wow, it was like it was not like blasted out two million the people it was really we can use and what do you mean tuesday? You know I'm thinking about like you know she did say going jones it's oprah when free as if I know other oprah jones I don't thank you for sharing that's pretty amazing so one thing real quick what I just did there is not for the show or for creative live I would actually do that during the session like to get to know the people especially when you come in cold sometimes I come in to facilitate a session for a startup I've never met the people on dh sometimes I don't know a lot about the startup and that's ok in this case I know a lot more how much you know and how much you prepare for it it really depends you don't necessarily have to know a lot but you should really establish a connection quickly you'd do not want to not have a connection and be awkward in the room which is going to be a big challenge and if it's awkward say it it's awkward I feel quite awkward this is this is weird right you know to be doing it in front of cameras on that sweating yet but I'll start in the second on I forgot to wear deodorant I don't know so just just clear the room like with that way she's like that's inappropriate that's so inappropriate but that's what you want because you want people to talk you want to set it up so that people say things and share so we share with them, thinks it might be inappropriate, or like then they'll share inappropriate things, all right, so let's, get on with it. So the first thing we're going to do and supplies wise, amusing, custom printed cheats that already had the template on it. If I'm using white ones, I'll have the this and workbook form next to me, like I actually know, so I can draw the exercises. I know which ones I'm going to do specifically, I have the agenda here, but here's, a trick. We're going to do the agenda with them, so I'm not imposing the agenda in the session. We're doing the agenda of the other.
Jose is the co-founder of The Skool, an education company that teaches designers, agencies and corporations the design of business in the 21st Century. He studied graphic design at Art Center College of Design and was trained in digital “on the streets” of the .COM boom in the 90's. In 2001 he founded The Groop the digital agency he ran for 11 years. There he got to work with diverse clients such as Al Gore, Jamie Oliver, Thomas Keller, Alice Waters and corporate client like Disney, Nike and Myspace.
Love this class and so glad I bought it. I'll be able to refer back to his lessons again and again. His work with an actual client is what really sets this class apart, having provided specifics on how to ask a client a question, how to get them down to what matters most and on and on! Can not express how valuable this will be for me. Thank you Jose and thank you Creative Live!
Great session. Covered a lot of information. Only suggestion for improvement was at the end, just giving a quick overview of the entire process again just to tie it all back together. Awesome info, well articulated, and very inspirational. Thank you!
Have already recommended to a few colleagues. I am web designer, but I see great crossover benefit in strategizing with my web design clients.
p.s. I was thinking that a Smart Feed rating could become a standard used by Rotten Tomatoes, Netflix so it would gain more power as being ubiquitous and useful.