Who are we?
Makerlab is a full service interactive design build collective. Our passion is building delightful experiences.
We do product design of the user experience including paper prototypes, wireframes, interaction design, user research testing, usability, heuristic evaluation and ideation. Mobile, web and server side backend development Rapid Prototyping with small electronics, defining your BOM and your production from factory to customer.
We strongly believe in:
- Open Data. Federate data, encourage practices which distribute data to the edges. Be transparent around data. Support open conversations, open API’s and open standards.
- Open Code. Leverage open source wherever possible. Push software code liabilities out to a wide community of co-authors and supporters rather than carrying the burden of fixing all bugs and issues oneself. Contribute to open source projects, raise all boats and discourage competition over foundation technologies.
- Open participation. Foster ecosystems where all participants can participate in a value chain; turn users into partners. Don’t force users to the edges where they can only be consumers. All work should allow users to not only create, but curate and help orchestrate. Think Wikipedia.
Brainstorming, sketching and iterative concept development are encouraged. Provide support for ideation, respect and foster creativity and risk taking by taking smaller steps more often. Playing games, making meals together, bringing people together from radically different disciplines, sharing our experiences and stories. The process of work is just as important as the outcome.
Respect and understand the nuanced gray area between private and public. Take the time to allow people to be private. Always allow participants to participate anonymously if need be.
Encourage real time discourse, encourage collaboration and open-ended conversation. Be humane. Be multi-modal and multi-gateway, multi-ligual and multi-faceted.
Abide by agile development practices. Ship early and often. Be your own most loyal user. Provide feedback mechanisms early on, for team and stakeholders. Iterate quickly and often, take feedback and criticism and turn good projects into great ones.
Focus on caring for our own communities first, then and only then do you grow outwards from our own community. Remember to appreciate those around you, encourage and validate the work of those around you.