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BA methodology

Methodology Course

  • Teacher: Karmen Franinovic
  • Time: Monday, 17:00 - 19:00
  • Room: SQ502
Course description A design method is always related to a specific design question it aims to answer and a specific goal it aims to accomplish.  Interaction design process applies different methods in several stages of project development: Context/User Research, Concept Generation, Idea Testing, Prototype Development, Prototype Evaluation, Iteration (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interaction_design#Methodologies). However, interaction design methods are numerous and offer a number of different ways to proceed in your project. This course will help you identify the most suitable methods for your thesis, and will help you take fruitful directions during the BA project development. The goal of this course is to help you  identify methods that are best suited to develop your thesis, and to define a methodology (structure in which different methods are connected) specific for your design question/problem. Your project development is structured in following steps:
  • STEP 0 Problem definition (Concept Video Course)
  • Methods: design space mapping, brainstorming, etc.
  • STEP 1 Background research (between semester homework)
    • Methods: comparative analysis, literature survey  etc.
  • STEP 2 User, context, technology inquiry
    • Methods: direct and participatory observation, video ethnography, interviews, questionnaires, cultural probes etc.
  • STEP 3 Idea Generation
    • Methods: sketching, bodystorming, brainstorming, participatory methods, extreme characters,etc
  • STEP 4 Representing interactive experience
    • Methods: mockups, video scenarios etc.
  • STEP 5 First prototype
    • Methods: task defining, problem solving, trial and error etc.
  • STEP 6 Evaluation
    • Methods: user testing (in and out of the real context of use), acting out an experience, participatory methods, data analysis etc.
  • STEP 7 Iterated prototype
    • Methods: technical improvement, scenarios with working prototype etc.
Blog, Deliverables and Deadlines The deliverables must be documented on your BA design process blog. The blog is as the documentation of your BA work as well as the main source of the material for your written thesis. All deliverables are specified in the schedule below. Deliverables must be uploaded on your blog the day before the class. Not meeting the deadline will result in reduction of your final grade.


18 February: Course Introduction Deliverable 2: Background Research Time: 17.00 – 19.00  Raum: Sq502 Homework: Prepare your context research questions, methods and schedule. _______________________ 25 February: Context Research Time: 17.00 – 19.00  Raum: Sq502 Students:  Rafael & Fabian Questions: What is the existing user experience you are designing for? How will you understand your users and the context of use? Homework: Perform your inquiry and analyze data. _______________ 1 March: CONTEXT RESEARCH 10.30-17.00 sq503 _______________ 4 March: Refining Idea Time: 17.00 – 19.00  Raum: Sq502 Students:  Diego & Lisa and  Fabian & Yves Questions: What did you learn from field research? How did this inform your concept, problem or design opportunity? Homework: Based on your findings, inform or enhance your concept. _______________________ 11 March: Experiments Time: 17.00 – 19.00  Raum: Sq502 Students:  Eddi and Patrick Questions: What do you hope to learn/test/experience through experiments and prototypes? _______________________ 18 March: Prototype Time: 17.00 – 19.00  Raum: Sq502 Students:  Michael and  Thomas Questions: What kind of prototype is the most suitable for your project? What to do you hope to achieve with your prototype? _______________________ 8 April : Preparation of presentation (free work) _______________________ 11 April : Experiments 10.00-17.00 _______________________ 22 April : Prototype Evaluation Time: 17.00 – 19.00  Raum: Sq502 Students: Joel and Eva Questions: What user-testing methods are suitable for your project? _______________________ 29 April: Experience Video Time: 17.00 – 19.00  Raum: Sq502 Students: all presenting storyboard Questions: What video techniques to use for different needs (presenting a prototype, telling a story..) _______________________ 6 May: Exhibiting/Presenting Work Time: 17.00 – 19.00  Raum: Sq502 Students: Nina and Rafael Questions: What is the best way to show your work? _______________________ 14 May : Final Prototype 10.00-17.00 sq504 _______________________ 15 May: Poster reviews (with Jürgen) Time: 13.00  Raum: Sq5
21 May: Start Aufbau Ausstellung _______________________ 27 May: Exhibition Tour _______________________ 31 May: Official Vernissage _______________________ ? June: Tour and Apero with Guests and Collaborators _______________________ 1o June : Final Exam 9.00-17.00 sq509 _______________________ 13 June:  Finisage Ausstellung _______________________ 14-15 June 2012 Abbau Ausstellung