Process Blog 03

Studio Element III 3rd week (04/11/2016 – 04/15/2016)

Summary of 3rd week
  • Reading
    • Chapter 24: Cultural Probes
    • Cultural Probes Cultural Probes (Gaver)
    • How HCI Interprets the Probes
  • Activity / Discussion
    • Class discussion: What are “Cultural Probes”?
    • Team discussion: Our user group is UW – IT department.
      • Brainstorming for items for cultural probes.
      • Discussion for questions we need to ask to IT department workers
        • What can be critical questions to get values of the user group ?
  • Assignment
    • Submitting the final poster
    • Identifying the usergroup for cultural probes
    • Design the Cultural Probes
  • Teamwork
    • Brainstormed for cultural probes.
    • Visited IT department and talked to the supervisor of IT help desk
    • Made cultural probes
    • Delivered the cultural probes to IT department
Reflection of 3rd week
The core activity of 3rd week was “Cultural Probes”. We’ve learned what they are and how we make them useful to get a value from our user group. In addition, we experienced one iteration of Cultural Probes processing: from brain storming to delivering all the kits to the user group.
Learning process: One of the 3rd weeks’ readings, “Cultural Probes” from Gaver, helped me understand what Cultural Probes are. They are extensions and practical versions of “design empathy” with tangible objects such as postcards, cameras, maps, diaries, etc. By giving these items to the target user group, designers expect to get more emotional and personal information from them. So when we discussed about our probes, we mainly focused on how people in the user group can enjoy their activities, and how to make them willing to provide their personal thoughts in the casual and friendly atmosphere. Thus, the items in the kit need to be something enjoyable (fun) to people in the user group, and they should gather meaningful data for the designers. Get the effect of killing two birds with one stone, that was the premise of this activity.
Drawbacks: There is no perfect team work. Try to be the one who works the most. Do not expect that other members put same priorities as you on the teamwork. Always express appreciation and respect your team members. There are always lessons I can learn from teamwork… These are parts of my believes on teamwork in general. Most of the time, I do not have to try hard to keep these beliefs in my mind. But sometimes, I have to try hard to remind these beliefs to stay positive. In this case, finding out the answer for the question “how to resolve problems in team?” looked almost impossible. I need to find out what I can do for enjoyable teamwork for everyone. Because trying to be patient and positive can not always an answer for the issue.


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