Helping parents to advise and support

Building on the results of a previous study, STBY were asked by DUO/IB-Groep in the Netherlands to examine the ways in which parents support their children once they enter higher education. DUO/IB-Groep wanted to explore the needs of parents for services specifically tailored to them.

User-Centered Design across development stages

For the University of Amsterdam STBY facilitated a series of workshops with students, lecturers and system operators to inform the iterative development of its new Electronic Learning System (ELO).

Co-creating education

In the early stages of developing a new international master course, the University of Tilburg was interested in a series of empathic conversations with students to explore some first ideas and considerations. STBY guided and facilitated these conversations. We organised three exploratory discussion sessions with groups of students who fitted the profile of the future target group.

Urban Creatives: young and switched on

For Bigga Fish and BANG Radio we set up and managed a youth study in London with an experimental approach. We first trained and coached a panel of 5 young researchers in conducting interviews with innercity urban creatives, and then facilitated them in drawing out the main insights and conclusions. Both the researchers and the interviewees aged between 17 to 25.

Students’ perspective on new university portal

Thoughout the development of the new university portal there are many aspects that benefit from empathic conversations with students. The University of Amsterdam asked STBY to facilitate these conversations.

Financial services for young students

For the IB-Groep (the national Dutch body that handles all studentships, student loans and university registrations) we organised a half day workshop to explore and discuss new ideas and concepts for financial services for young students. In their last year at high school and in their first year at university, many of these students are trying to figure out how to manage their personal finance. They have a high need for information and guidance, and they prefer the services of the IB-Groep to be available to them in an integrated way through multiple channels.

Leiden University

To prepare a successful open day event for future students, the University of Leiden wanted to explore the expectations and information needs of high school students. Together with three young researchers from Spunk//STBY we interviewed 15 students in depth about the way they orientate themselves on their future studies and careers.

CBBC cross-media consumption

Together with London-based innovation consultancy Radarstation, we worked on an ethnographic research for CBBC, exploring the cross-platform media consumption of 7 and 8 year old children. We used highly visual and engaging probes to facilitate lively conversations with the children about their routines and preferences in media consumption.

IB-Groep: Multi-channel services

The Dutch national body for studentships and other financial services for students, IB-groep, commissioned STBY to investigate how their youngest clients (students in their first year at college) manage their finances. With a team of young interviewers from Spunk//STBY, we visited 20 young students at their homes throughout The Netherlands for an interview.

Spunk//STBY

We have initiated a research joint venture with Spunk. This group of Dutch young, dynamic and highly opinionated people (16-19 years old) is never afraid to tackle any subject head on from their own perspective, even if it counters the public opinion. This is what makes their online magazine and video journals so excellent (www.spunk.nl).

Designing Across Boundaries

With 11 Sao Paulo-based and 9 London-based designers we were involved in a Design Challenge at Villiers Highschool in Southall, London. The goal was to design a product or service for the school, in close collaboration with a group of their students, using video as a material to do research and cardboard as a material to explore the concepts.