Posts Tagged ‘mapping’

Quick experience prototype

June 18, 2009

This week i carried out a quick experience prototype with some of the guys from CIID. On a map of Copenhagen i got them to plot their weekends activities, after giving them step by step instructions to follow. These were:

Step 1: Write a list of priorities you like to do on (i) a daily basis (ii) a weekly basis.

Step 2: On different coloured post-its categorize these priorities, how do you divide up your time.

Step 3: On the map of Copenhagen mark out where you live and work.

Step 4: Plot out your weekend activities by writing individual activities you did, at what time and with who. Write these activities on coloured post-its corresponding to one of the categories you already defined. (use the color code you set)

Step 5: Place the post-it on the map at the location of where the activity took place

Step 6: Give the activity a rating out of 5, of how satisfying it was (writing on the post it as well)

102_0522Alie’s List of priorities

102_0541Ujjval starting to map his activities

102_0539Patterns starting to show….

102_0548Ujjval drawing a path to show the order of his activities

102_0558Nunzia’s Map, she has categorized her time into ‘shared’ and ‘private’

102_0571Sid’s Map!

102_0563Comparing peoples maps on the Wall!

The rest of the photos can be seen here.

Some of my key findings so far for the exercise were:

-People are unaware of how much they actually do, and how busy they are until they actually sit down and think about it.

-People have very different views about how they categorize their time.

-Using colour to show different categories, very quickly enables you to see patterns in behaviour especially related to the home and workplace.

-Putting priorities into categories allows you to what areas you spend most time on in your life, and then you can go to a deeper layer of data to find out specific activities. etc.

-The people who you are with often has a huge influence on the satisfaction of the activity your doing.

To learn more about these patterns and behaviours i am testing this experience prototype on myself as well. But instead of putting a few days on a map, I am recording everything i do each day on a new map. This way i can compare each day individually, see if any patterns or routines appear, and look back easily on which day was my ‘happiest/satisfied’ and then see what activities i was doing that day and who with.

At the end of this week i’l post my maps and findings!

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Thesis update….

June 3, 2009

Today i have been battling my way through all my notes and quotes from my research sessions. In the end i carried out 12 interview sessions over the course on 1 week! 9 of these were in person (in Copenhagen) where i used a number of mapping tools and a series of questions, 3 were carried out remotely over skype (to USA and Italy) and one person (in Italy) also kept an in depth written and photograph diary for me for one week. In this she recorded all her routines, habits, frustrations, anxieties and happy moments. This information has proven to provide very rich and interesting material! She did a fantastic job! The people i interviewed were divided into students, couples that work and families, as well as a few extreme users such as people that travel frequently for work reasons and people that have a keen passion in their life (E.g. sport)

Currently i am still going through everything so i can’t say what i am going to take forward. We do have a hand in on Tuesday though, where we have to define what our design challenge is, so by then i will be able to be more specific! At the moment i am creating character boards for all my interview subjects and picking out key quotes and observations for each person. After completing this i will then pull out specific insights that i feel have potential to be developed. I will use these to turn into “how might we statements” and then hopefully frame them into a design challenge. Here are some photographs just now until i have finished going through everything…..

102_0262Interview notes typed up and organised

102_0281An emotional time line map

102_0284“Mapping Priorities” tool

102_0259A diary that one of my research candidates kept

102_0272One of the character boards

The rest can be found here.