Building upon a history of creative environments, the SAP AppHaus Network is a selection of “customer facing” co-innovation spaces in which customers, SAP, and end-users collaboratively work on projects by putting humans and their experiences first.
Bluestonex are the latest company to join the App Haus network. We are one of two locations in the United Kingdom and part of the global network.
Based in a beautiful renovated old church, our first floor space have offices and conference rooms whilst our design centre boasts a large open space that combines the styling of the old with a touch of the new. Bringing everything together into one amazing, collaborative design workspace where creativity flows!
Our design center is based in the quiet Shropshire market town of Oswestry. Why not take a break from the hectic city work environment, and enjoy a relaxing drive through the historic Shropshire hills to reach our design centre. Leave all your stress behind and let the creativity flow in our design space.
We are blessed with local amenities in Shropshire and over the border in North Wales, meaning that there are bundles of outdoor activities for great team building events such as zip-lining, mountaineering, white water rafting and many more.
With the new (ab)normal situation of COVID-19, a lot of Bluestonex designers have been facilitating remote design thinking sessions for users working from home for some time now using a variety of skills & tech to combat obstacles.
These skills are around human centred design methodologies, strong empathy and facilitation skills and tech such as Mural, MS teams, Build, InVision, Photoshop and more.
Contact us to find out more!
Guide to remote design thinking workshop
- Preparation is key. Plan out your activities.
- Make sure people test the technology before hand (e.g. MS Teams video and audio).
- Use of video – in MS Teams you can blur the background. Useful when children are playing at home or simply because your room is a mess.
- Use Empathy – because your using Human Centered Design methods!
- Make sure actions and next steps are clear.
- Keep the sessions short in duration and also timed.
- Facilitation skills – give everyone their chance to speak by coordinating discussions.
Mural – Great for Collaboration and brainstorming. Think and Collaborate visually anytime, anywhere.
Microsoft Teams is great and can be integrated to Mural - other video conferencing is available (zoom etc).
Survey Monkey. Ccapture the voices and opinions of the people who matter most to the design.
Another great prototyping tool created for designers, by designers.
We used this for creating High Fidelity Prototypes with full flexibility.
SAP BUILD is still great for loud‑based tools to design and build your enterprise app
Sometimes to be creative the best way is to spend a few minutes sketching ideas and low Fidelity Prototypes.
and more including SAP Build, Adobe Photoshop and good old pen and paper!
Working with many different sized organisations both global and local, we are trying to tackle today’s problems through the apphaus methodology and our human centred design approach.
We also run programmes with local schools and colleges (engaging with the business leaders of tomorrow) teaching our techniques, exploring fascinating idea’s and technology areas.