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The Designer’s guide to Web3 hackathons

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Feb 22, 2019
 • logged_by: Ira

Hi designers,
If you are reading this post, (I suppose) you are about to attend one of the Web 3.0 hackathons. Firstly, 100 claps to all of you for signing up — blockchain technology needs your skills like no other. Secondly, below I collected materials that will help you get the most out of the hackathon and leave home with proud-to-share results and glory.

Before the hackathon:
get to the right mindset

Looking back at the DWeb Summit UX/UI workshop
12 min reading about what is currently puzzling UX designers who work in blockchain companies. About friction in UX for Web3, sharing private data, seamless UIs and research collaboration.

Web3 Design Principles
An article for those “who play bold”. Means, it’s a 32 min reading, but will get you 80% updated on everything that you should know about #designforblockchain challenges and (hypothetical) solutions.

And finally,
step 1 – watch Designers — Think Big!
step 2 – watch Natasha Jen: Design Thinking Is Bullsh*t
step 3 – listen to Design Thinking isn’t bullsh*t. The way you apply it is
If you are about to apply design thinking during a hackathon (and I hope you will!), these three pieces will bring you some additional thoughts on how we use and how we teach others the creative problem-solving.

During the hackathon:
hack the problem

6 principles for designing blockchain apps for non-technical users
A good example how the team worked on one dapp concept during a hackathon. Written by UX designer. Not enough for the projects in the real design/dev workflow, but perfect for hackathons and testing ideas.

Understanding users — Customer personas
All templates and hint questions from Indi Young of how to create customer profiles will be available for you at every project table.

Jolocom’s approach to creating user personas and mapping ecosystem players

What Is Customer Journey Mapping and How to Start?
Paul Boag tells how to use customer journey mapping. It is your powerful tool to align your dev team at the hackathon with what users will/may experience offline&online.

Extras to speed up

For those who will have no time to roll with UI design during the hackathon, I collected UI kits on Dribbble and on Behance — they are complete enough as a shortcut for your demo presentation.

Get ready and see you at one of our next hackathons!