Interaction Design – Society and Technology (42%)
Disability Culture, Civic Technologies, Design for Children
- March 16th – Design brief presentation
- April 6th – Blackboard submission
- April 13th – Trade book submission
Activity 1 – Design-based research:
We must select an organisation such as a charity, community interest group or company that is working in one or more of the following areas: disability, civic participation, children.
We will research, analyse and discuss:
- The aims and purpose of the organisation.
- The activities and services the organisation offers to achieve their aims.
- The people that use the service or organisation.
- A design problem for the organisation that we as designers can support.
- Conducting interviews with staff and users at the organisation (no surveys).
- Literature review.
- Observations of events and activities.
- Research and analyse competitors and the wider market.
Activity 2 – Design brief and presentation:
Using research and the design brief template write out a group design brief that sets out:
- The design problem.
- The context of the design problem.
- Group design brief presentation – 5 minutes.
- Provide constructive feedback to peers.
Activity 3 – Prototyping and final report:
Using research and the design brief as a group:
- Develop and document a series of concepts, which show an iterative design process using written and visual materials.
- Develop a high-fidelity prototype or system mock-up that represents the final design solution.
- Demonstrate how the organisation and its users will use the prototype.
- Use technology that given the resources and time we could feasibly implement.
- Discuss how this prototype meets the design brief.
- Create a group prototype report describing the design processes and final prototype – 1250 words.
Activity 4 – Documentation: Twitter feed and group blog:
- Individual twitter feed, which provides an overview of the work carried out.
- Group blog, which will provide an overview of the project progression.
Activity 5 – Design and print a trade book:
As a group, we will present our project as a printed ‘trade book’ using Blurb printing service.
This book will include:
- A brief overview of the group research
- The design brief
- The prototype report
- An overview of our final prototype design
The trade book should include a range of images, and make use of engaging and contemporary design approaches. We can use design software of our choosing and upload a PDF or use the Blurb book making software.
- Book type: Trade book, soft cover.
- Size: 15 cm x 23 cm
- Printing style: Standard colour printing.
- Pages: 24.
It takes around 2 weeks for the trade book to be delivered, so unsure to start the trade book at the beginning of March.
Research and blog – 30%
- Are the research findings thorough and clearly presented?
- Are appropriate research methods used?
- Is there a clear structure to the report?
- Are there suitable illustrations and annotations?
- Does the blog provide a clear engagement by the group in the project?
Design brief – 10%
- Does the brief present a clearly defined design problem that is relevant to the chosen organisation?
Design solution – 40%
- How far does the design solution go towards fulfilling the design brief?
- Is the prototype or system mock-up able to demonstrate the concept for the design solution in an articulate manner?
- Does the final design demonstrate that students have taken a creative and innovative approach to solving the design brief?
Design summary, trade book and poster – 20%
- Has the group been able to articulate their research findings and subsequent design insights in a concise summary and poster?
- Does the trade book convey an overview of the project in an engaging manner?
The report must be submitted in PDF with my name and student number in the filename using the ACM or the Springer template.
Overview of activities:
A prototype system to support an organisation, in one of the following areas: Disability culture, civic participation, or design for children.
- Research into the aims, activities and service users for the organisation.
- Write a design brief which identifies a design problem for the organisation.
- Prototype a design solution based on the design brief, document it and present it as a hi-fidelity prototype or system mock-up.
- Document the project using a group blog and individual twitter account.
- Design and print a 24-page ‘trade book’ using blurb – Trade book softcover £1.49, £6.99 standard delivery estimate 2 weeks.
A PDF report, which contains:
- An individual research journal – 750 words
- A group design brief – 500 words
- A group prototype report – 1250 words
We will then provide the following:
- A group high-fidelity prototype or system mock up
- A URL to the group blog detailing the project process.
- A PDF group project summary with a single image that illustrates the project – 300 words