For this homework, you'll produce 2 detailed prototype of a design idea and individually obtain feedback from two users (you can obtain feedback from the same users you interviewed or observed).
For an example homework, please refer to this student's work.
Team portion: As a team, produce at least 2 low-fidelity prototypes of your favorite design ideas. The prototypes should contain enough detail that a user could actually imagine what the design does and how it would help them. You should think carefully about what medium is appropriate for your idea, thinking about the level of fidelity and the type of feedback you want to obtain about the prototype.
You should begin this homework by creating two detailed prototypes of your idea with your team. The prototype should contain enough detail that a user could actually imagine what the design does and how it would help them. This means that the prototype should contain real information and specific functionality, not placeholder content. If you want, your team can all work on the same prototype (improving it's fidelity), or you can work on different prototypes (helping you choose between alternatives).
Individual portion: Individually obtain feedback about these 2 ideas from 2 of representative users from your class (and section).
Unlike homework 2, which were interviews and/or observations that helped you learn about your target audience, this assignment is a critique, intended to uncover strengths and weaknesses of your design idea(s).
Next week’s lab (1/26) will be open time to perform these critiques. The goal is to learn about the strengths and weaknesses of the ideas by helping your informant imagine how they would use the ideas in their lives.
To do this, you will first write a script for yourself, detailing what you will say to your users during the critique. This script should explain:
- the purpose of the design
- how it works and the scenarios in which you expect it to be used
- what tasks you would like to run
- how your participants should critique you
If your team worked on the same prototype, you can share scripts; if you worked on different prototypes, consider showing all of the prototypes to each user. You will then show the users the rest of the ideas your generated and ask them to critique your design idea, providing insights into how well your design idea would integrate into their lives.
The report: Your deliverable is a report needs to include (TEMPLATE!!!!)
- Team portion: (just copy and paste the same information for the group)
- Details about the prototypes (two at minimum)
- Photos of the low-fidelity prototype
- Individual portion:
- the script you used to perform your critique (just copy and paste the same information for the group)
- who critiqued your prototype (2 critiques)
- summary and insights you gained about the strengths and weaknesses of your prototypes (250 words)
- how the critiques changed your understanding of your design problem (250 words)
Grading. These reports will be graded primarily by the students you interview, in class during next week's critique. If your report has all of the required elements and your informants believe your interpretations of their critiques to your questions are specific, detailed, and accurate, you'll receive a 2. If they believe they are abstract, vague, or inaccurate, you'll receive a 1. If do not turn anything in, or you do not include all of the required elements, you'll receive a 0.