In this workshop, we went through the report in detail as well as the submission elements in preparation for 3 weeks time.

The report must cover:

  • What you’ve done
  • What could have been done better
  • How you did it
  • How did you arrived at your research insights and how you responded to them
  • Evaluation – reflect on what you did, analyse (considering a body of evidence), what you would then do in light of that reflection, what would you do the same what would you do differently.
  • Media and references – images, images of prototype, illustrations, sketches, physical space, evidence giving credibility, reference blog post by concisely summarising and refining.
  • The report audience – anyone, Keir, employers, client (Amnesty), client.

Report Sections:

Abstract: (shows you know what you’re talking about) if your abstract doesnt relate to the structure of your repot then it’s not an abstract,

Intro, introduces project to the reader general, like abstract but more detail. The intro is a summary, this is what we will do, what we will report.

Background: Literature reviews, technical reviews, lots of reading and research. Who the organisation are and useful information from other academic places.

Approach: had this issue, gathered evidence… design lead research, qualitative approach, ethnographic research (basically what we did in the Bearpit), participatory. Make sure that you show that you know what they mean i.e. Google define and reference from a trusted source. Short summary of what it is, use a reference from an academic or trusted source. Need to give a vague summary of what is is (i.e. qualitative research method).

*What is the difference between method and methodology? Methodology is the wider approach you take, the philosophical approach – it could be that you think statistics are the way forward. Method is literally the method that you used – spoke to people, taking notes and recording audio, taking videos and analysing (analysing what?), observations,  design fictions (i.e. creating a scenario), background literature.

Evidence gathering: Report back the evidence gathered.

Evidence Analysis: Coding the interview data, thematic analysis. What is thematic analysis? Looking for common themes in your research. Coding from data helps to get over our own prejudices or interpretation of the data (making yourself more rigorous), post-its, data saturation (Bristol by Balloon), memos which state each theme in a paragraph, describes and defines the theme, the themes are out insights.

Insights: Inform our design and how we responded.

Ideation and prototyping: demonstrate in this prototype process that the design process was iterative (showing doing things again and again and improving). ideation process, whats involved in the next stage. should show what the prototype is, what it involves, how it works.

User testing: Detailing the method and user reactions. Import media.

Summary: Summarising project as a whole.


Re-Cap: Individual research journal 750 words, group design brief and prototype report, trade book needs to include elements of all of the latter. Individual one will have to decide on which one we want to use. Printed trade book on 26th.

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