UX Prototyping / IID 2014 Spring
Class hours : Fri 3 pm – 7 pm
Interaction Design Elements
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Initial Pinterest Boards
Me What I like Where I live Sketchbook
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Me : Collecting images of myself
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Where I live
• Emotional Home (Tag #emotional)
• Physical Home(Tag #physical, or #factual)
• Living where I live in the factual world
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Where I live
• Home in Imagination(Tag #dream)
• The imagination of ideal living space
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How to collect images
• Web search
• Pinterest iPad/iPhone/Android apps
• Take pictures
• Sketch and upload your own sketches
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Snippets for Probe Package Design
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“When reason is away, smiles will play.”
- Paul Eluard and Benjamin
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• Collections of evocative tasks meant to elicit inspirational
responses from people – not comprehensive information about
them, but fragmentary clues about their lives and thoughts.
• It’s an approach that values uncertainty, play, exploration, and
subjective interpretation as ways of dealing with those limits.
• Provides an example of how we use this purposely uncontrolled
and uncontrollable approach to help us understand design
domain in new ways
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• European Union–
project looking at
techniques to increase
the presence of the
elderly in their local
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• The probes were part of a strategy of pursuing experimental design
in a responsive way.
• They address a common dilemma in developing projects for
• Understanding the local cultures was necessary so that our designs
wouldn’t seem irrelevant or arrogant, but we didn’t want the groups
to constrain our designs unduly by focusing on needs or desires
they already understood.
• We wanted to lead a discussion with the groups toward unexpected
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• The cultural probes—these
packages of maps, postcards, and
other materials—were designed to
provoke inspirational responses
from elderly people in diverse
• Like astronomic or surgical probes,
we left them behind when we had
gone and waited for them to
return fragmentary data over time.
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• Postcards are an attractive medium for asking these sorts of
questions because of their connotations as an informal,
friendly mode of communication.
• Unlike formal questionnaires, the postcards encouraged
questions to be approached casually, which was underlined by
pre-addressing and stamping them for separate return.
• Postcard Questions
• Please tell us a piece of advice or insight that has been
important to you.
• What do you dislike about Peccioli?
• What place does art have in your life?
• Tell us about your favorite device.
• Participants were also asked to
mark zones on local maps,
showing us where, for instance,
• They would go to meet people
• They would go to be alone
• They liked to daydream
• They would like to go but can’t
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• Picture Assignments
• Your home
• What you will wear today
• The first person you see today
• Something desirable
• Something boring
• About half the pictures were
unassigned, and the elders were
asked to photograph whatever
they wanted to show us before
mailing the camera back to us.
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Photo Album and Media Diary
• The last two items in the probes
were in the form of small booklets.
The first was a photo album, which
requesting the elders to “use 6 to
10 pictures to tell us your story.”
• When questioned, we encouraged
participants to use photos of the
past, their families, their current
lives, or anything they found
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Probe Packages in Smartphone Version
• Contemplate a digital cultural probe package
that you can easily invite your user groups.
• How would it be changed if you probing your
users on smart phone SNS, such as Facebook,
Google+, or Instragram?
• Disposable cameras, postcards, maps, and
diaries in physical forms are no longer needed
to be snail-mailed to users. Find digital cameras,
postcards, maps, and diaries on Appstores or
Google Play, so that you can gather more vivid,
and immediate information from your users.
• First, draw your smartphone package on your
power point document as a sequence scenario.
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