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We all know that design can significantly impact a company’s success by helping to build your brand, attract customers, increase conversions and ensure effective online communication. However, not everyone remembers that design is a field that is constantly changing and evolving. It is important to regularly follow industry information sources, websites and blogs and participate in conferences and training to stay up to date with the latest trends and practices in design. Therefore, we are very grateful for the opportunity to participate in the project “Design me” – 2022-3-PL01-KA153-YOU-000102877 from the Erasmus + program.
The training on the “Design me” project took place on September 3-8 in Opole, where Alina, Maria and Kasia presented our Italian agency Sistema Turismo. Representatives from 5 countries presented their organizations with us, such as: Bulgaria, Turkey, Macedonia, France and Sweden.
This project was intended for people who deal with:
- social media,
- creating websites and creating content for the Internet,
- teaching in everyday work with young people.
There were not only theoretical classes, but also plenty of practical and group activities to jointly acquire new knowledge and skills in the field of design in the 21st century and learn the tools that will make our content suitable for young people.
During the training we learned:
- how to design consistently and coherently,
- about new tools and methods to facilitate activities,
- about current and future trends,
- theory based on case studies,
- how to apply the acquired knowledge in the future.
During the project, together with participants from other countries, we also learned to identify the needs of target groups, recognize and consciously use graphics, illustrations, photographs, colors and visual identification. Then we presented what the social media of the organization in which we operate looks like, we told what our organization does, what its goals are, how it communicates with customers and what role web design plays in this.
Additionally, we gained new international contacts because we carried out various projects on contemporary topics in mixed groups, where it was very interesting to listen to the opinion of a person from another country and share our own. This is not the only thing that united us, we also went for a walk around the city together, we organized a cultural evening where everyone learned something new about the culture and customs of a given country.
On the last day of the project, we shared the knowledge we had acquired and acquired new competences, such as:
- social competences and learning skills;
- entrepreneurial competences;
- cultural awareness and expressive competence;
- multilingual competences;
- civic competences;
- digital competences.
Such a task helped us understand what knowledge we gained thanks to the “Design me” project and how this knowledge can be used in our work.
We are impressed with this course because gaining knowledge from the training and gaining pleasure from spending time together is the best reconciliation. We would like to thank the organizers of the “Design me” project for the opportunity to gain valuable skills and meet interesting people.
Our design journey was a unique experience that brought us a lot of knowledge and unforgettable moments. If you are curious about what exactly happened during each day of our project, please read our daily reports:
- 1 DAY –> Introduction to the project:We started our adventure in the picturesque Opole, where we got to know each other and set the goals of the project.
- 2DAY –> We looked at design theory and delved into color psychology and composition.
- 3 DAY –> We started hands-on work on our projects, discovering how theory translates into practice.
- 4 DAY –> We continued working on projects and sharing our achievements during inspiring presentations.
- 5 DAY –> We summarized our achievements, considered how to use the acquired knowledge in the future and appreciated our certificates.
It was not only training, but also an amazing opportunity to learn from each other and establish lasting bonds. Our design journey has ended, but our collaboration and inspiration continues. We can’t wait to see what the next project brings us!
And so the day we had all been waiting for came – the last day of our intensive training. This day was intended to summarize our activities and work. The trainer, as the guide of our design journey, stood before us once again to extract the last pearls from our educational chest.
At the very beginning, we focused on how to implement the acquired knowledge in the future. This is an important question because the aim of the training was not only to provide theoretical tools, but also to equip us with practical skills that we will be able to use in our organizations on a daily basis. It was our chance to understand how these special days will contribute to our further development.
After lunch, it was time for Youthpass certificate activities. It was a moment of reflection on our work and a chance to document our achievements. Each participant had the opportunity to calmly reflect on the competences we developed during this project.
Finally, we also discussed the evaluation and future dissemination of the project. We considered the role of partners in the subsequent stages of the project, which allowed us to understand what opportunities lie in our further cooperation.
It was not only a moment to officially say goodbye, but also to discuss the upcoming project, which was already tempting us with its potential. It was the end of our educational adventure, but also the beginning of new challenges and opportunities.
In the blink of an eye it turned out that this was already half of our training! That morning, participants returned to their groups, ready to continue working on the projects they had started the day before.
Our path was opened by the trainer’s repeated reminder of the task assumptions. This was a key moment where we once again defined goals and priorities for each part of the creative process. This action allowed us to keep our work on track and optimize our activities.
We spent the entire morning finishing and perfecting our projects. We carefully polished the details, taking care of every aspect of our work.
After lunch, it was time for the most awaited moment – presentations of works. Each group had 45 minutes to thoroughly discuss their project. During the presentation, participants explained what assumptions guided their work and how they turned these ideas into reality. After each presentation, there were heated discussions and questions from other participants. This was extremely valuable because it allowed us to hear different perspectives and gain valuable opinions.
At the end of the day, it was time to sum up. The coach shared some inspiring words and we had a moment to reflect on everything we had achieved over the past few days. It was a day full of commitment and intense work that brought us to the point where we were ready for the next challenges.
From the very morning we started our work with passion and commitment. The participants were presented with the main practical task to be performed along with its goals and assumptions.
The next step was to divide into four groups, where each group had to choose the main topic of their work and then design content for it on social media. The topics that have been selected are:
- and two groups chose Bullying.
This day was a time when participants had the opportunity to fully use their theoretical knowledge from the previous days and transform it into practical, concrete solutions. Everything was done under the watchful eye of our experienced trainer, who both controlled the time and provided valuable tips.
The creative process was intense and required full commitment. Each group worked on its own project, trying to use the acquired knowledge to the maximum. The trainer was present at every stage, supporting the groups and directing them to the right path. He reminded about useful tools and methods, helping participants overcome possible difficulties.
After hours devoted to creative work, it was time for a well-deserved lunch break. It was an opportunity to regenerate and share observations with other participants. After a short rest, everyone returned to the room, ready to continue working.
Day three was undoubtedly intense and demanding, but also full of inspiration and learning opportunities. Our participants showed that they are ready to face design challenges and make the most of them.
, where representatives of each country had the opportunity to talk a little about their country, traditions and history. They also had the opportunity to taste delicious drinks and delicacies from their countries.
At the very end of the day, we managed to organize a cultural evening. During this event, representatives of each country had the opportunity to talk about their homeland, sharing not only history, but also fascinating traditions. It was an opportunity to get closer to each other and better understand the diversity of our cultures.
The evening was also a culinary feast. The participants shared their delicacies and drinks, allowing us to immerse ourselves in the wealth of flavors and aromas hidden in their cuisines. It was a real treat.
The next day of our design adventure began with a fascinating meeting with our trainer and discussion of the plan for the entire training. It was a moment when we focused on theory, on how to design consistently and coherently – a key skill in today’s design world. This day was to prepare us for the practical challenges that awaited us in the following days of the project.
During this day, we immersed ourselves in the depths of design theory. We considered issues such as the psychology of colors and colors, contrast, readability, as well as how to arrange information on the website to make it as attractive as possible to the recipients. We discussed the basics of composition, the selection of content and the issue of accessibility, especially for people who have impaired vision, such as colorblind people or people with color vision disorders.
It is worth noting that not only theoretical concepts were important – we also discussed tools and methods that facilitate design. We wanted our participants not only to understand the theory, but also to be able to apply it in practice.
After a short break, we moved on to case studies to test our knowledge in practice. It was a very interesting part of the day, during which participants shared their opinions and participated in heated discussions about various projects. It was an excellent opportunity to obtain information about the reception and feelings of other people about the same project and to exchange experiences. The theoretical day ended with quizzes, which not only consolidated the participants’ knowledge, but also provided a lot of fun.
In the afternoon, it’s time for a dose of culture. We went on an introductory walk around the charming corners of Opole, and finally reached the Piast tower. While climbing, participants could not only admire the picturesque view and panorama of the city, but also learned many interesting facts about the history of this place and Opole itself. It was a true combination of learning and pleasure.
At the end of an intense day, it was time for dinner. It was not only an opportunity to enjoy local flavors, but also a perfect moment to strengthen newly established bonds and friendships. Tomorrow we had another day full of work and practice, so it was worth gathering energy and motivating ourselves for the upcoming challenges.
Opole, a picturesque city, stood in the front row as the host of the first day of our fascinating “Design me” – 2022-3-PL01-KA153-YOU-000102877 training. It is here, at the crossroads of many cultures and ideas, that participants from various partner organizations from around the world have gathered, ready to begin this unique journey. We have an organization on board:
- AIAYA – Turkey,
- CHAMPIONS FACTORY – Bulgaria,
- ProQvi – Sweden,
- Sistema Turismo – Italy,
- Toulouse Youth Network – France,
- SPPMD – North Macedonia.
The first day is always a special time, full of uncertainty, but also full of potential. This is the day when all participants have to get to know each other and break the ice. This is how we started our adventure, greeting everyone warmly and with a smile on our faces.
Everyone gathered had the opportunity to learn more about the project’s goals, training plan and accommodation regulations. It is important that each participant has a full understanding of what awaits them during these intense days.
But we have not forgotten that, apart from the formal aspects, it is also important to establish closer relationships. So we organized games and activities that not only helped us get to know each other, but also relaxed the atmosphere and introduced an element of fun to our meetings.
Another important point of the day was the presentation of all partner organizations. Each of these groups had the opportunity to share their goals, mission and vision of functioning. This is the moment when we understood how diverse and inspiring the ideas and goals of different organizations can be. What unites us is a passion for design and the pursuit of creating innovative solutions.
We have also not forgotten about important issues such as evaluation and tools that we will use during our joint work. Thanks to this, we are sure that our work will be carefully monitored and assessed, which will allow us to constantly improve our skills.
After a whole day of intense meetings and exchange of impressions, it was time for a well-deserved rest. This is a moment when we could relax, establish even deeper contacts and recharge our batteries for the next days of our fascinating “Design me” training.