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We think Design Jams are the best way to start co‑designing for trust, transparency and control. Here you will find everything you need to run your own, whether it's a full-day event or just an hour-long session.
What is a design jam?

A Design Jam is a space for people to collaborate on solving product problems. Specifically we focus on the topics of trust, transparency and control concerning the use of personal data.

At our events we bring together product makers, policy advisors and data regulators to exchange expertise and participate in co-design activities. We believe this meeting of minds is crucial to innovation in the data protection space. By collaborating on design solutions we hope to foster knowledge exchange and gather a library of design patterns which can inspire other product makers.

By hosting many workshops around the globe we have adapted, produced and refined a toolkit specifically tailored to co-designing for data trust, transparency and control. Our methodologies have routes in design thinking particularly those from the Stanford d.school and IDEO.

Why should you run one?

Running your own Design Jam is a great way to open up discussion about trust, transparency and control with your team, organisation, school or clients.

Designing privacy statements, consent requests and other features which impact the perception of trust, transparency and control for your users are often neglected in favour of other areas of the product. It's equally rare for policy advisors or data regulators to take on the challenge of designing these solutions themselves. When we host Design Jams we often bring together these voices for the first time and see great results.

By running your own Design Jam you will discover the benefits of co-design for user experience, deepen your understanding of data protection policies and equip yourself with the practical tools to design for these issues in your own work.

Who should attend?

A Design Jam is a great event for many people but is particularly aimed at product makers, policy advisors and data regulators. Crucially your Design Jam should aim to gather a mixture of these viewpoints and expertise.

If you are a product manager, designer or developer you are in a great position to run a Design Jam with your team or wider business. You should make sure to invite participants from other areas of your business too. Who can speak to the legal and regulatory constraints your business faces? You may need to go outside your organisation to find these experts but make sure their voices are in the room.

If you are a policy advisor, data regulator or industry body a Design Jam offers you the opportunity to get practical insight into the challenges of designing for data protection regulations. If you plan to host a Design Jam yourself make sure to invite representatives from product makers in your network. At the very least you'll need a product designer who can help bring the ideas to life.

If you are a student, lecturer or academic a Design Jam is a great way for you to unpack the meaning of trust, transparency and control from both a product design and policy making perspective. To run a Design Jam at your school will require cross-discipline collaboration between these two areas. You can either do that by teaming up with another department or inviting representative from industry or regulatory bodies near you.

How to get started

Our toolkit contains over 20 guided activities and supporting materials (including downloadable worksheets) covering everything you need to plan and run your own event.

The toolkit is split into four sections – Plan, Discover, Ideate and Prototype. You can run your Design Jam as a whole day event covering all sections (see example agendas) or break it down into a series of shorter sessions focusing on one section at a time. Pick the approach which works best for you.

  • 01 - Plan

    Get ready to hit the ground running. Everything you need to think about to make your Design Jam a success.

  • 02 - Discover

    Learn something new, share expertise and break out from the confines of day to day roles and responsibilities.

  • 03 - Ideate

    Shift gear from thinking to doing. Start sketching and find fresh perspectives fast by building on ideas together.

  • 04 - Prototype

    Make it real. By using rapid prototyping techniques you’ll have a potential solution by the end of the jam.

We often run Design Jams with large groups and they can be really exciting if you're up for the challenge. Our tools are intended for a team of 6-8 participants. Split your participants into as many teams as you need and be sure to prepare a set of materials for each. Details for these can be found in the guidance for each tool.

Whilst the toolkit is designed to facilitate an entire Design Jam many of the tools can also be used on their own. We encourage you to adapt and combine the tools in a way which feels appropriate to your needs.