WNM700 Module 07

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019 | Module

Design Project One Wrap Up

You should now have a lot of feedback from Design Project One. It will come from your users, the people around 180 New Montgomery you were trying to help, from your peers, and from your instructors or mentors.

Dedicate a section in your journal to what you learned in Design Project One.

What succeeded?

What failed?

What do you wish you had known at the beginning that you know now?

Who were you able to help with your design, and why was it important to them?

How were you able to work with others? For example, what did you learn about working with a team if you chose to work with more team members? How would the project be different if you were working alone? Conversely, if you worked alone, what would have changed with another member or two?

How did your personal skills grow as a result of the work?

What still excites you?


Human Centered Design Journal Compilation

Congratulations! You’ve worked through the various stages of the human centered design process. There’s still much to learn, but you’ve “circled the bases”. You’ve been asked to read literature, analyze examples, and participate in activities meant to give you a working foundation for the design work you are to do moving forward. You should now compile your journal entries into a single volume. Take the time time to read through what you have written. Have your thoughts or feelings changed?

Reflect on Design Project Zero. It must feel like quite a while ago now! What have you learned since this exercise? What is the same and what is different in your approach after participating in Design Project One?

List, draw, or diagram how you are going to utilize Research, Ideation, Prototyping, and Testing phases in your design practice moving forward.

Add these final pages to your journal, and compile it to a single PDF. If any additional formatting, clean up, or rearrangement is needed, now’s the time.


Journal Entries

Your journal will now serve a bit different purpose. It will now be a record and document of Design Project Two: The self guided design challenge. The journal will be less a workbook or study guide, and serve as a compendium of your ideas, as a sketchbook, and the proof of your process!

You will be turning in new PDFs weekly, each one a summarization and record of the week’s work. The entries will be less prescriptive, and the prompts for content in the journal will be decisively more open ended moving forward.

Generally, each journal entry from this point forward must include:

1. Raw artifacts of your process

These could take the form of Sketches, research articles, URLS, inspirations, photos, audio recording with users, raw data, etc. Think of these as the “data dump”. You don’t need to spend a lot of time organizing them, but populate your journal with the “artifacts” of all of the work you did that week.

2. A brief summarization of findings

For each week, write a minimum 1–2 paragraph summary of the work that you undertook that week, and what you learned. Be sure to list surprising anecdotes, any findings of data analysis, or break throughs that you achieved!

3. Scheduling and goal setting

For each week, write a minimum 1–2 paragraph plan of the week to come. What are the priorities in the design for the upcoming week? What needs to be found out, and why? What needs to be validated, and what needs to be tested? List your goals for the upcoming week, and briefly write about how you’ll accomplish them, and when. Try and be specific, and use a calendar. On what days will you get what done?