Unfortunately I had a meeting for work at 12:15 for a Massey event I'm hosting next Friday so I couldn't stay for long. I went early though and talked to a few people in my group. It was great to see their projects so far. The difference between the prototypes last time to now was really cool. The last time I saw a fashion majors work is was sketches and material swatches, now she had photos of her toilles and the start of her real final piece as well. The other one I thought was really cool was the industrial work - last time I saw it it was just little bits of folded cardboard and now it's like a legit thing. Was pretty cool. We were all feeling quite stressed about everything so it's nice I guess knowing we're all hindered spirits.
Today in exchange we all just update each other on where we are at with out projects. It was interesting to see how different projects developed and it was a chance for everyone to get a completely fresh perspective on prototypes as no-one really knew anything about their background - we just saw things at face value. A lot of people in my group were really shocked that we'd designed a whole app and really liked the look of it which was also kind of surprising - I guess it was quite different from their disciplines so seemed like quite a lot.
Today we had our second ex-change moment. It was interesting to catchup with the other students and see how their projects have developed since last time we spoke. The same two people that didn't attend last time didn't attend today... we have no idea who they are. Because so many people ditched the class today, we had people from other groups join us as well. It was really cool to hear about other peoples projects - some were really passionate about what they were doing and brought visuals and samples so was great to actually see what they had been doing. The whole thing was basically sharing what we are doing and then sharing ideas. I know all our briefs need to relate back to wellbeing so we made that a thing to ask everyone - making sure everyone is ticking that off as part of their project.
Today I switched briefs and joined my new team - Ashleigh and Sophie. The brief is focused around changing peoples perception on taking a break. Their project last time was focused on working professionals taking a lunch break but at this new stage we're not sure if thats too focused when the audience and context can be much wider - we may need to look into this. The whole class was spent doing rapid ideation. It was great to get any and all ideas out there. We just kept saying no idea was a bad idea and kept rolling with it. Hopefully we've struck gold and can develop something further.
Development + Class Critique
Today we had another critique, we have once again changed our visuals (hopefully for the last time) to fruit. Our user is a banana, we are running with the idea that bananas come in bunches - as if our user comes from a bunch (her family) and it's a very close knit connected family. When she moves out into her new flat, all her flatmates are other fruit. It shows the different backgrounds they bring and how their needs and how they act may be different to our audience. We have personified all our fruit, with a crafty collage style. Our visuals are bright, colourful and fun. People enjoy the energy it brings though it's not necessarily that clear or informative at the moment as to what the point of fruit is. We need more visual clarity and intrigue so started brainstorming ideas and passing them past classmates.
Development + Class Critique
Today we had another critique for our visual brief. Between last class and this one we had created new visuals that were photography based rather than graphic design. We laid them both out and got feedback on both. In our photography visuals we have used the metaphor of food - the idea of what, how, and with who our audience is eating to inform the context. Though people liked the concept of our food metaphor, they only understood it after seeing the literal graphic design approach. So it raised a few issues to be sorted out. Our photography did not look very cohesive either so that probably didn't help.
Today we paired with other groups and looked at each others presentations so far. It was quite interesting because we were paired with someone who had a similar brief to ours. Seeing the way they approached it in comparison to ours. We also spent time going across the streams looking at everyones work. Overall todays class highlighted a few things we are missing - an opening page, facts / quotes are the biggest ones at the moment. Also the lecturers are wanting us to go in a different direction for our visuals, heading towards photography, rather than illustration / graphics. They think that will give us more context. They want our visuals to inform rather than just illustrate so we'll work on that before next class.
The Ex-change moment was a bit odd. It's a nice idea but the other people in my group didn't seem to have the same kind of prepping that we did. I brought an exemplar of a social design project I found interesting. Living Memories was a Gold Best Award winning project by Y&R NZ. The campaign was launched on the eve of Road Safety Week and captured the attention of the nation. Five New Zealanders are lost on the roads every week, Y&R NZ brought 5 children back to life, showing what they would look like now if they were not lost in a road accident. It made people think about the longterm effect of crashes and how it affects someone for the rest of their lives, robbing a future.
Only three other people showed up to my ex-change group. We had an industrial, spatial and fashion designer. It was interesting talking about the different projects however I didn't really understand the others links to wellbeing, and they didn't understand their own briefs either so made it a little difficult. Because we had looked into wellbeing so much in VCD I did offer some suggestions of how perhaps they could incorporate wellbeing methods into their brief. For example the girl who is studying spatial is looking into the structure of a house so I said perhaps she could look into the maori wellbeing method 'te whare tapa wha' the idea that you need four walls to keep up the ceiling, like they have four cornerstones of health.
So basically we just passed around ideas and I think that was kind of helpful for the other girls. It was odd that I just came in with an exemplar so didn't really have anything they could look at or critique to understand my project at that point.
Today we went over what we'll produce in our first hand-in – a presentation and document with a minimum of 6 pages.
We then started doing user journeys to get into the mindset of our audience. Our user is moving out of home for the first time, to a new city, to go to university. After researching in our independent study time, we found that one of the big pain points was the actual moment when you're leaving. People can know they're leaving for ages but sometimes it doesn't become real until the actual moment you're at the airport saying goodbye, on the plane, or arriving at your new place. So we wanted to focus on that journey specifically. After completing this, we talked to Phoebe and she said though we've identified a good pain point, it is probably too specific - even laying out the form of transportation. We may need to adjust to something a bit more generalised, at least at this point.
We started off the lecture discussing the visual brief and going over the reflective blog so I am starting that now. We also unpacked the idea of Define in creative practice.
When we got back to class we had a chat with Phoebe about our concept for the brief. She feared that it was too broad and may be difficult for us to properly grasp so we spent sometime brainstorming ideas that were more grounded in our brief and finalised on moving cities for university.
In class we went over many define techniques including Empathy maps, the Slip Method, and Journey Maps. Doing all these methods helped us to connect the dots between different tasks, for example, while doing the empathy map we thought our persona Sue might at some point be excited - this idea we then later put in our slip as well as our journey map - we needed to place a time in her journey when she would actually feel that emotion.
We were also given a list of the things we need in our visual brief: Audience Profile, Situation / Problem, Opportunity / Need, Insight, Hunch and Five Ways to Wellbeing.
Admittedly one of the most exciting accomplishments of this class / my day was learning how to scan multiple sheets of paper at once rather than constantly manually placing paper flat on the copier screen. We discovered this while doing our team contracts. It was cool.
Karl Kane gave an exciting lecture, which he always does. I think this class is going to be very experience design orientated - I think this is a good thing... Because I've taken experience design as an elective there may be some advantage of already having an idea of what's going on, that being said, a few classmates are worried we're not going to learn anything new. Currently I'm thinking of it as an opportunity to further practice important skills but time will tell..
Today we chose the brief we want to work on and got in groups to discuss it. I chose how to handle a move because I was really inspired by a lot of the discoveries of wellbeing points they established in the reading. I'm really interested in the mental aspects of wellbeing and working towards building up someones happiness and positivity. We found someone who had similar interests within the brief and I'm now working with Cay as my partner for this project.
We went over some ethical interview / chat techniques, brainstormed some open questions, then started asking people in our class to gain insight on our topic.
First Class - Wellbeing introduced
First class we're introduced to the layout of the semester as well as all the lecturers. A guest speaker from Life Hack came in to talk about wellbeing. I learnt quite a few different techniques for wellbeing - the one I found most interesting was the 5 days to wellbeing. I'm really excited for this class because I love the idea of exploring ways to help peoples wellbeing because it is such an important issue to me.
We started the tutorial by discussing the differences between Practice, Ritual, and Habit. It was quite interesting because a lot of people had different opinions on what each word meant, and what we could describe as each. We had to chose a practice, ritual, and habit we had over the holidays and share with a group. Together we chose one persons Ritual of 'making a sandwich' and created a user journey for them.
Next we were assigned a wellbeing focused reading, took notes and drew visuals then got in a group to discuss what we learnt with others. It was interesting hearing what other people took from a reading in comparison to what I took from it.