questionnaire: asks about personal organisation as well as organisation of a relationship: how much one knows about what the other is doing and when. We brainstormed and came up with several ideas before we found a topic which we both could relate to, which was relationships. We based our questionnaire around the idea of creating a communication device to help improve relationships, to see if taking our idea into the development stage would be worthwhile.
Helped us define what is missing in student relationships. Develop a target market group Justify development of our idea
When surveying, we also talked to the participants about our idea of a digital calendar. Our research reflects the inadequate devices currently available The device will need to be simple to use (like a regular calendar), able to update without much input (things like lecture times, or sports practice can be pre-set to repeat on a weekly/monthly basis) We want the device to be no bigger than a tablet.
Non-instant communication: couples prefer their methods of communication to fit around their day when they don ’ t have to reply instantly Students: train ticket fares increase closer to date - advance organisation = saving money
Communication Device User Research
User ResearchDE0980 - Oli & Caroline
Overview£ Aim: To find out what is currently available for certain types of communication and what is missing.
Research Summary£ Participants: 10 x 18-21 year old students living away from home£ Method: Questionnaire
Research Results£ 6/10 people are in a relationship. All of these relationships are long distance (over 50 miles in distance)£ All 6 people speak to their partner everyday
More Results£ Only 20% of people keep a diary, although those that do keep it up to date£ All people in a relationship commented that it was difficult to arrange to see their partner when apart
Design Ideas£ Main benefits: £ Notify the other “half” of the calendar - colour coordinations £ Allow repeat events/university timetabling (showing both people’s timetables) £ Simplicity £ Information available at a glance £ Connect to Facebook and social networks and update both calendars
Design Direction£ We learnt that most couples prefer communication that isn’t instant£ All couples we surveyed need better coordination in making plans