Posts Tagged ‘final project’

CIID Final Project: Echo

September 10, 2009

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Echo, is my final year project at CIID. I have now updated my portfolio and you can see my final designs, videos and get an insight into my process for my final project. A massive thank you to everyone that helped me along the way, especially to my adviser Heather Martin. It was a great 3 months!

View Project here.


Initial Blueprint

July 11, 2009

This week it has been back to final project work after our amazing industry visits (documentation coming soon) I have been reviewing my feedback from my midway review and making an initial service blueprint. This has allowed me to focus and establish the key user interactions, the role of the service provider and the touch points of the service that need to be designed for my experience prototyping and my end communication. I have also come up  with a name for the service and started working on the branding. Currently i am working on designing some of the touch points needed for experience prototyping next week, so when i have finished then i will also reveal the name!

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Midway Review@CIID

June 23, 2009

Yesterday at CIID we started our midway reviews for our final projects. Instead of having open presentations like we normally do, this time we are having 2 hour working sessions with our adviser and an external faculty member. The first 20 minutes was spent presenting our research, design challenge and concepts so far and the rest of the time was to discuss next steps and iterations. My presentation was yesterday with Heather Martin (my adviser) and Jozeph Forakis. The session was really valuable and gave me a lot of fresh perspectives on my idea. The presentation below shows what i presented along with a scenario for my concept.



The rest of the scenario photos can be found here.

At the end of the day we enjoyed some Copenhagen sun and a beer…


Clustering Brainstorming Ideas

June 17, 2009


The brainstorming festival we had this week was a huge success, lots of creative ideas were generated that proved to be great inspiration to be developed further or to trigger new thinking. After completing the brainstorm i spent a little time to cluster my ideas before going through them. Some the clusters that formed were goal orientated tracking, tracking with sensors and tangible objects for visualisation.

After spending time sketching out initial thoughts and ideas after the brainstorming i have decided to focus on an idea that uses GPS and direct reporting (inputting data) in its simplest form to make a happiness map for the user… by tracking when and how long you spend on certain activities, who you are with and how satisfied it makes you, relative to what your priorities are.  At the moment this idea sounds very fluffy but it is clearer in my head!! i am currently mapping out scenarios and how the service could potentially work. We have a review next week so i will post my presentation then when things will be clearer!

Brainstorming Festival

June 14, 2009

During our Service Design Block we had a brainstorming festival that was super effective  so we decided to arrange another one for our final projects. Friday was the first of three days….. Armed with post-its, markers, design challenges and goodies everyone came up with wild and wonderful ideas. In the session that i facilitated i chose two areas to brainstorm….these were:

How might people track and visualise the different types of communication and contact they have with different members of their family and friends, to become more aware of their behaviour, and understand where to make active changes?

How might we create a platform that will help people to prioritize in their lives by keeping track of and reminding them of past experiences that they can then use as a reference point to make decisions in the future?




Some more photos here.

CIID Final Project: defining your context

June 10, 2009

Below is my deliverable from yesterday, defining my context and design challenge for my final  project. It also outlines the research i conducted and key learnings.

Final Project design challenge…..

June 10, 2009

Over the weekend i was working to understand what my insights from the user research i conducted meant and was writing mini design challenges for them in the form of “how might we statements” When i started to map out the insights three recurring themes emerged. These were issues that people had in their life and would like to have better control over to feel more balanced. The themes were communication with family and friends, cooking and eating habits and personal prioritisation.



102_0349Out of these emerging themes i decided to focus on personal prioritisation. This was due to a number of reasons….firstly i think it is the most challenge and exciting area to focus on, as well as being the area with the biggest potential to apply personal informatics to the design solution.

Some of the key insights within this theme were:

“I transfer work trips to our calendar at home, but only a few weeks before, mainly so Mas [husband] can’t see what’s ahead of him!”
People only really use a ‘public’ calendar for really important events that are necessary to share.

“I don’t currently write in a diary as I imagine someone reading it, so I won’t put anything personal in it…….I like the approach of this diary, I actually find that I want to be more productive just so u can write something positive in it, kind of indirect motivation”
Having to actively record you activities allows you to reflect and become motivated to do well.

“I would love to be able to schedule time for reading…….but it sounds kind of dorky….so I would love to be able to track some of these things I would like to be able to do without having to actually track it”
People feel silly scheduling ‘me time’ but are interested to understand what they spend their time on and when.

“I keep a personal to-do list, I prioritise everything, so when I have been neglecting something I move it up the list, I keep it on my desktop so I can always see it”
People need to have a constant reminder of what it important to do otherwise they will ignore it.

“Hobbies are great when they are built into your life, I love it, but when you don’t do it for a while you forget how much you enjoy it until you do it again”
People easily forget how important something is and how much they enjoy it when they stop doing it.

“Prioritizing is difficult, it would be good to have ground rules, or a rule of thumb to follow”
People like to be guided in some when it comes to making personal decisions.

And the design challenge i came up with was………

Due to an increased pace of life and personal competition with ones self to become ‘someone better’ people are continually busy, going from one task to the next. This has been heightened by a more prominent use of technology in our lives, which has resulted in lifestyle barriers that used to exist been broken; people can now work anywhere, contact anyone at a given time and achieve much more on the move. The result of having this fast pace of life is that people become absorbed in ‘achieving more’ and detached from what their day-to-day life looks like and what brings them a real sense of enjoyment.  Within their busy lives people find it hard to prioritize when making decisions in their own life and would often like to be guided in some way.  Some people use diaries and calendars to schedule (make time for) ‘practical appointments’ but very rarely for personal activities, yet they are interested to understand what they spend their time
on, especially for things they enjoy doing, but rarely have time to do. In order for people to have a balanced life on a bigger scale they have to first reconnect to themselves, focusing on what they need to be content rather than everything that is possible.

How might we create a flexible and customizable platform that will help people to reconnect to themselves, enabling them to prioritize in their lives by keeping track of and reminding them
of past experiences that they can then use as a reference point to make decisions?

I’ll post the full deliverable from yesterday as well to summarise what i have been doing for the past few weeks.