What really impressed me about this group was their ability to uphold the true values of creative collaboration: reaching out to others in need and creating an environment for the group to communicate feelings and ideas on the project for the final product to become a mosaic of each individual’s participation. Victoria and Jon in particular were the true “Patriotic Heroes of the Wiki,” which you can easily understand when looking at their many edits of ANY single page within the Wiki. They participated in discussion (often initiating or running the discussion), which is another key element of collaborative creativity. Without the input of the group, the final product will not be a true representation of the work of a greater group and not just a few individuals. I hope others in the class feel the same way, because Group 5 dominated our class Wiki.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Who I Would Hire for the WIKI...
Out of all the great Wiki pages our class has to offer and of all the crucial contributions made by each individual in the class, I would choose to hire Group 5 as our class representative for the meaning of true collaborative creativity. The group’s strongest pages included Chapstick, Levi’s, and Ziploc. What I enjoy most about their formatting techniques was the fact that they utilized just about every formatting technique each group in the class used on their own Wiki pages. Their group page is well organized, listing the members of their group, their brands to investigate, and their questions to answer in a compact and concise fashion. This differs slightly from all other groups, where the brand names are listed next to a large picture of the brand logo. The brevity of listing their important information allows for easy navigation throughout the brands (which I prefer), but does not bring a visual to the brands being discussed. They could have added a small “jpeg” next to the brands (which I feel Group 2 did the best job at accomplishing), but personally I prefer the short list of each brand, taking up little space and allowing for swift navigation. The appearance of lists throughout the Wiki project allowed for quick navigation from group to group and from brand to brand. I know that using lists as a design element helped improve my page by allowing me to see other class member’s pages faster so I could access their pages more frequently when editing my own. Lists also allowed for me to explore the Wiki project as a whole in much less time, allowing for higher quality collaboration between users at an increased rate.