Dundee Design Jams

Thank You from Dundee Service Jam 2014

Thank You from Dundee Service Jam 2014

The Dundee Service Jam 2014 organisation team would like to say a huge ‘thank-you!’ to all of you who joined us for the weekend, and gave so much time, enthusiasm, and dance moves(!) towards making the Global Service Jam in Dundee such rollercoaster of a design adventure.

GSJ Dundee 2014
Jammers at Dundee Service Jam 2014

We really managed to build on the creative energy generated during Dundee’s first Jam in 2013. Throughout the weekend, there was a great buzz of excitement through connecting digitally with other jams, such as our ‘twin’ in Palermo (remember the rather lively three way-thumb war?), and the likes of Washington, Beirut and L.A. More locally, you also managed to engage the community using intriguing research and engagement tools when you hit the streets of Dundee.

In the space of just 48 hours, some impressive service prototypes with themes such as healthy eating, adult play, housing, and stereotypes were developed and shared with the world on Planet Jam. Who knew all these concepts could stem from a simple image of a flat-packed box!

We were also lucky to have some fantastic guidance through mentoring kindly provided by David Hamilton, Service Director at Dynalucid; Hayley Scanlan, Young Scottish Fashion Designer of the Year 2012; and Gillian Easson, Co-Founder of Creative Dundee. A really insightful introduction to service design was also provided by Hazel White, Course Director of DJCAD’s Master of Design for Services. We would also like to thank DJCAD, Dynalucid, Find My Past and Jade Pavilion for their generous sponsorship to help ensure that the weekend was a success.

More Jam Anyone?

So, now that you’ve seen how it’s done, are you interested in organising a Jam yourself? There are two more Global Service Jam events taking place this year; GovJam, which aims to rock the public sector; and the Global Sustainability Jam, which focuses on issues of sustainability and the environment. If you would be interested in contributing to one of these events, get in touch and we will try and put you in contact with other potential fellow organisers.

Spread the Jam!

So now that we’ve all had a chance to recover, we are going through the process of pulling all of the documentation together to ensure that we have a good record of the event to share online with the worldwide creative community.

We have begun to upload photos to Flickr so that we can all relive our great memories of the Jam. It would be fantastic if you could post any images you have of the event to our Dundee Service Jam 2014 Flickr group. Just remember to tag all photos with #gsjam and #gsjdundee.

Please also post a comment on our blog or Facebook page, or drop us a Tweet if you have posted any personal reflections about the Jam online. We will link to all posts on this blog as a way of collecting and sharing our experiences of the event. (Check out these great blog posts by Gillian Easson at Creative Dundee, and GSJ Dundee jammer Susannah McGowan for STV.)

And finally, as a lasting reminder of the weekend, here’s our Dundee Service Jam one minute JamTV video in which you all star. Remember – YOU ARE THE JAM!

See you at GSJ Dundee 2015!

GSJ Dundee Selfie
Our GSJ Dundee Selfie via @caitlinclairem on Twitter