What does it mean to be a designer of interactions in the middle of a pandemic? We asked ourselves that as we examine the ways in which we work and create meaning in what we do. Denkwerk is proud to be speaking for a second time at the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) global interaction week, on this very topic. We talked about learning together to grow together, and how we take action fueled by the belief that positive change starts with us.
The IxDA is a global network of more than 120,000 individuals and over 200 local groups, focusing on interaction design issues. On this year’s interaction week, the focus is design in perilous times and the importance of connection, collaboration and community. This was also divided into three pillars: Embracing ambiguity, New Essentials: Our Building Blocks, We care: for ourselves, for our team.
We were happy to be participating in this pillar about caring for ourselves and our teams, and introducing the global audience to our internal initiative, denklisch.
With 19% of our team members coming from around 20 different countries, diversity is a part of who we are as a company, it brings us a great mix of languages and cultures but also ends up creating a bit of a language barrier.
"Denklisch – The game" is a collaborative language learning game that brings language practice closer to the working routine. With weekly check-ins and daily challenges, the game brings learners together and challenges participants to practice a bit every day, in fun and unexpected ways, getting not only a reason to practice, but also the right people to do it with.
At denkwerk we believe in practicing what we preach, and creating positive change not only for our clients but also inside the agency for our own team. During these perilous times, we hope we can all take the time to look inward, and develop not just purposeful employee experiences, but also meaningful and intentional communities.
If you want to learn more, check out our Case: "Denklisch - The Game".