Members of Leapfrog team recently got together to discuss and share the experience of the Leapfrog tool design with Lancaster team, GSA team and Digital Health Institute (DHI). The Leapfrog Spring event took place in Forres, Scotland at the GSA Highland and Islands Creative Campus from the 3rd – 5th of April. One of the activities was focused on writing papers to report our findings in the Leapfrog project. This activity can be described in three parts: discussion of abstracts, paper analysis and writing section.

The writing activity started with the discussion of abstracts that were sent beforehand the LF Spring Event. As a homework activity, all team members were asked to contribute with a high quality 400 abstract with indicative references, describing a paper we will write in the coming months. Members of Leapfrog discussed about each abstract, pointing out advantages and disadvantages of the paper, and strategies to improve it. In the end of this first part of the activity, each participant gave their feedbacks of the activity, stating that the activity was a really useful learning process.

The second part of the activity was about deconstructing papers on related design topics. First, each member had to choose a paper with a content similar to their abstracts,  then analyse its structure. Second, we had to present the deconstruction of the selected papers. By deconstructing the structure of the papers, we learnt how to read beyond a text’s straightforward content, uncover meanings and report strategies. In the end of the activity, we uncovered many ways design researchers structure their papers, learning different structure strategies for writing future papers.

The third part of the activity was literally the writing activity. Members of Leapfrog team had to work on their papers, considering the feedbacks and suggestions for improvements from the first part of the activity, and writing structure strategies from the second part. There was also time for discussing new ideas for papers and exchanging thoughts in the last part of the activity. The wrap-​up activity was the definition of the destination of the papers and deadlines for concluding them.

The Leapfrog Spring Event was very useful and stimulating in terms of reflecting on our writing and tool design processes. The event was a good time for discussing our findings, improving abstracts, learning the different structure to report them, and defining what would be the best destination for the papers we will write in coming months. For some of our members, this event was their last activity in Leapfrog project. We wish them all the best.