How I’m using the ‘alone together’ approach as a designer

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I love working collaboratively. I get a real buzz out of getting a group together, grappling tricky problems and bouncing around ideas. At its best, collaboration can be an energising experience. But is it always productive and inclusive for everyone?

My first experience with immersive collaboration was at Google’s +20 design workshop back in 2013. The all-day workshop was an experiment to see what would happen if you got a range of designers together to define and explore some truly blue sky concepts.

The whole day was carefully structured, even down to when and what we had for lunch. I…

Will Lester

Product designer @ Xero. I also love making things with my hands: furniture, cars, bicycles, homes, cooking, coffee

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