Co-creation denotes an active involvement of end-users and other stakeholders in the development/design process to maximize the functionality of an end-product or service. The main concept of co-creation is that users are experts on what they experience. Consequently, co-creation means mutual learning among the relevant parties, making the results more valuable and relevant. It is especially useful to connect the end users with creative professionals when creating a new product, service, or system. To put it simply, co-creation is based on the assumption that research and design are not done for the user but with him/her. Whether you are creating a product or service, organising a festival, designing socks, building a skate park or directing a show, you will learn how to do it more efficiently through co-design methods.
Together with five project partners, we have created freely accessible materials and manuals, as well as online videos, to foster the development of co-creation skills. These outputs are the result of the mapping, years-long research and observation, as a result of which the co-creation knowledge and experience is collected in a written form. The manual and materials will allow educational institutions, the business community, and professionals across Europe to disseminate this methodology and develop their skills in this area. Below you will find these materials available for download.
In addition to developing a handbook and online materials in the field of co-design, CIKE also stands behind education in the field of design thinking and organised a workshop – Design Sprint, during which the participants experienced the methodology of participative design in practice. This team methodology workshop taught them to make quick decisions, effectively test product/service, and creatively solve problems and opportunities. Its author is Jake Knapp of Google Ventures and he offers innovative and creative problem-solving to businesses like Twitter, Medium, iPhone, Google or Slack. We had excellent facilitators – Braño Frk and Matúš Draganovský.