October 9, 2008 § Leave a comment
Last week in Interaction Design Methods, we collected all the research our team has been conducting this semester and created an affinity diagram.
It was a grueling process to transfer all our notes to post-its and arrange them into categories that made sense, but in the end, we developed some helpful insights that have pushed us further toward nailing down a design direction for our project.
As a team, we were surprised at the usefulness of the resulting diagram because our research had been seemingly unrelated up to that point — contextual inquiry with the city volunteer-matching program, ethnography at a local community garden, and a focus group of Bloomington citizens about their attitudes toward “buying local.”
I’m eager to try this method out again with a future project — definitely with my capstone. Our instructor and associate instructor were nice enough to provide us with pictures of the workshop.
Our Related Readings
- Beyer and Holtzblatt (1998). Contextual Design. Chapter 9.
- Kuniavsky (2003). Observing the User Experience. Chapter 8.