Week 5, Ex-Change moment

Ex-Change Moment

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.

Week 5, Friday class

Switching Brief

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.

Week 4, Friday class

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.

Week 2, Friday class

User Journey

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.


Week 2, Tuesday Class

Define Techniques

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.

Week 1, Friday class

Experience Design

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.

Week 1, Tuesday class

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.