How did you hear about DeskLodge?
In December 2015 Natural Interaction were between offices and I needed a short-term hotdesk to fill the gap. A quick bit of Google-Fu and the lure of working in a Tardis led me to Desklodge.
Why did you decide to use DeskLodge as your meeting space for UCD BRS?
The price, central location and the flexibility of The Oak Tree as a space.
How have you found it?
It’s been perfect so far. Emma has been exceptionally helpful, the tech always works and new members always remark on the tree in the middle. It makes for great photos! One thing which is really helpful is the option to have it set up in Theatre or Workshop layout. Saves the team of organisers some time.
Would you recommend Desklodge to a friend?
How is everything going with UCD Bristol?
We’re growing slowly but surely. Having organised another meetup in the past I know these things take a while to build momentum. Feedback so far from attendees has been really positive and our speakers have been exceptional. We’ve had a run of workshops which you only normally get at conferences like UX Bristol.
So what does UCD stand for?
UCD stands for User Centred Design. It’s about putting the user of a website, service or software at the heart of the design process. By researching and understanding user needs, we can design better things, which help businesses and their customers achieve their goals.
The reason I care about UX (User Experience) is because I want to save people time. Time and attention are some of the most valuable resources people have, and it’s our job to make sure they can spend as much time as possible on living life, not completing transactions. When you book a holiday, you don’t remember the booking process unless it was particularly stressful or difficult – you just remember the holiday, and that’s how it should be.
Do you think coworking spaces help new businesses/ startups?
Half of UK Startups will fail in the first 5 years ( Reference: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/businessclub/11174584/Half-of-UK-start-ups-fail-within-five-years.html). Your major overheads are likely to be rent and salaries. Coworking spaces help you scale up gradually rather than renting an inflexible space and quickly outgrowing it, or renting somewhere which is too large and never filling it because it consumes so much of your cash. Places like Desklodge give you much nicer offices than you can afford in a brand new business, as well as the opportunity to network with like-minded people.
Our Next Meetup
Designing the user research participant experience
Natural Interaction: https://www.naturalinteraction.com/
UCD Bristol: https://www.meetup.com/UCD-Bristol/