Cross-government design peer critique day: Manchester, February 2020

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Ofsted

Piccadilly Gate

Store Street

Manchester

M1 2WD

United Kingdom

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This event is a great way to get feedback and a new perspective on something you’re working on from cross-government design colleagues in a friendly and safe environment.

You can bring design work at any stage - a sketch of an idea, a draft, or a working prototype. It can be about a specific bit of interaction, graphic or content design.

Design critiques are a great way to:

  • Get feedback from experts outside of your project and organisation
  • De-risk your work in a safe space
  • Benefit from the user-centred design community hive brain


Who it's for

The event is open to anyone doing interaction, graphic, or content design work in government who wants to get a new perspective on a specific bit of work and contribute to the cross-government user-centred design community.

If you are a service designer, user researcher, or you don’t have something to share, you can take part in Service Thursdays and Discuss a design challenge instead. The formats run remotely the first Thursday of every month. Details are posted each month on cross-gov Slack.

It is open to anyone who works at any level of government (including civil servants, public servants, contractors and local government)

On the day

The day will begin at 10:30am. Please leave enough time to collect your pass, find the room, get a coffee and take a seat before it starts.

We’ll give a short introduction on how to get and give the best feedback. Then everyone will have a chance to get feedback on their work in small groups of 4-5, with 45 mins each.

You do not need to prepare anything before the day, but you should be ready to talk about the context of your work - who are the users, what are the user needs, what is the organisational objective and what assumptions have you made to create this work.

Think about the specific part of the design that you want feedback on. Is it the user journey. The words to describe a thing. The visual design. A step of a user journey that users are confused about.

Lunch will be at 12:30 for approximately an hour and there will be a short break in the morning and afternoon. Lunch will not be provided. All attendees can access the PG café area via corridor leading from the meeting rooms area. You do not need to provide a pass. Tap water will be provided in the room.

Please bring your cross-government passes with them. If you bring your pass, you will not need to get another pass from the desk. Upon arrival, please give your name to the Reception staff who will direct you to the room.

Please commit to the whole day. This only works if we support each other and give everyone a turn to present to a crit group. If you are unable to attend for the whole event please do not take a ticket - we'll run more crit days in the future. If you are no longer able to attend, please return your ticket as early as possible - we usually have a waiting list.

Getting there

There is no car parking available on-site. There are National Car Park (NCP) car parks nearby. This will be your own responsibility to find car parking spaces.

The Ofsted building entrance is called Piccadilly Gate and is next to Piccadilly Station car park at the back of the station. This entrance has large escalators, with no other way of getting down the stairs.

An accessible ground-level entrance to the building is on Store Street. Accessible toilets are on the same corridor as the event room. We will be on the ground floor for the entire day.

The easiest route to the office from Piccadilly station is to take the exit next to Platform 1, walk 20 seconds across the car park and you will see Picaddily in the building. So many visitors end up getting lost trying to use the store street entrance.


You can read about how design critiques help teams collaborate in this blog post.

These are some posters about giving and receiving feedback.

This is our code of conduct for UCD community events.

Find out about other user-centred design related training and events on the Community Service Manual.

Sign up to the user-centred design mailing list for monthly events and training updates.

If you are interested in this course but there are no spaces available, please sign up to our waiting list. We can then contact you once a space becomes available.

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Ofsted

Piccadilly Gate

Store Street

Manchester

M1 2WD

United Kingdom

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