Redesigning Templates - A HCL Design Project

I’m very pleased to announce the launch of a new project I am working on with HCL to reinvigorate the Notes and Domino templates as they roll out on new client platforms such as iPhone, tablet and a lightweight web client. See here for more information on the project.

My role is team co-ordinator and I will be responsible for bringing in the right resources to meet each stage of the project. I’ll be working closely with the team leads including HCLs design lead Felix Kalka, Theo Heselmans, Carl Tyler and Tim Davis. More about our team here

We’ll be keeping you updated on progress, asking for feedback and gathering ideas through the blog and surveys. We want to start with a very quick survey on discussions and teamrooms, please take a few minutes to complete it.

We really need your input if we’re going to get this right

If you are attending the Factory Tour in Chelmsford in July I will be there with Felix to talk about our work so far, to hear about your use cases and to share ideas for each client platform. If you aren’t at the Factory Tour and would like to discuss your use of any of the standard templates, please reach out directly to me via twitter (@gabturtle) or email (gabriella at

Details of the project, the team and our goals can be round on the new Template Experience blog here We plan to keep the blog updated with our progress, sharing ideas and asking you to complete surveys as we move forward.

This is a great opportunity to push our design thinking beyond the traditional framework and I thank HCL for commiting to the project and work involved.

Spark Ideas …Your Turn

This January at Connect the Nerd Girls will once again be bringing you Spark Ideas.  Sparks are a series of 6 min informal talks on a variety of topics - we have our own channel on Vimeo but to see last year’s sessions take a look at our playlist on youtube

Sparks doesn’t really have a single message but the stories represent things like strength, joy, persistence, inspiration and bravery of all kinds. You may not think that applies to you but I can assure you it does.  For instance

  • Have you been involved in any educational projects around STEM - even a school science or computing project?
  • Do you have something that inspired you this year or is inspiring you to change that you want to talk about?
  • Do you have ideas on how to encourage girls into STEM or experience of the challenges they face and how they overcome them?
  • What new opportunities are there that are being missed?
  • What brings you joy?

If you think you’d like to speak, or just want to talk through an idea please ping me on Skype (GabriellaDavis) or on twitter @Gabturtle or contact Amanda Bauman at IBM @amandabauman.  Connect is fast approaching so get in touch soon

Sparks is on Tuesday at 2.30 in Florida 4 and we hope to see you there.