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Design activity for students for a one session class. Specifically B-Cycle in Nashville.

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Design activity pdf

  1. 1.  B-­‐Cycle  in  Nashville:  Reflecting  on  an  Existing  Thing    Rationale:  Designing  things  means  making  them:  • For  someone  else  –  not  you;  • For  somewhere  else  –  not  in  your  office/organization;  • For  some  other  purpose  –  not  to  program/design  usually;  • For  sometime  in  the  future  –  not  now.    This  distance  requires  that  a  designer  have  a  sense  of  the  world  of  use  for  the  things  being  made.    Assumptions  about  that  world  of  use  –  the  people  and  their  motivations,  training,  and  skills  as  well  as  the  infrastructure  and  support  they  need  to  use  the  thing  –  can  be  as  important  to  the  thing’s  success  as  to  how  well  it  is  coded.    Purpose:  This  activity  gets  you  into  the  world  to  develop  skills  at  assessing  the  world  of  use  for  things  you  are  designing/making.    Thing  to  Engage:  B-­‐Cycle  in  Nashville    Activity:    Before  February  26th,  do  one  or  more  of  the  following:   • Conduct  an  interview  with  a  user  of  B-­‐Cycle  in  Nashville;   • Observe  a  B-­‐Cycle  station  for  some  period  of  time;  or   • Use  the  B-­‐Cycle  and  reflect  on  that  use;   •  This  activity  will  take  about  an  hour.    Memo:      Write  a  short  memo  describing  what  you  did  to  share  with  the  class  on  2/26.   • Optionally,  include  sketches/videos/pictures  of  what  you  heard,  observed,   experienced.    In  your  memo  describe:   1. What  you  did  (interview,  observation,  use).   a. Include  your  questions  from  the  interview  if  done.   2. The  situation  for  the  activity,  for  example:   a. Interviewed  a  friend  at  your  kitchen  table;   b. Spent  2  hours  watching  the  B-­‐Cycle  station  near  the  Frist;   c. Used  B-­‐Cycle  to  tour  the  city,  get  to  the  Farmer’s  market,  etc.   d. Inventoried  the  B-­‐Cycle  system  (e.g.,  payment,  maps,  web  site,  bike  lanes,   etc.)   3. Your  initial  expectations:   a. What  did  you  think  B-­‐Cycle  was  and  how  it  worked;   b. How  those  expectations  were  correct  or  incorrect.   4. What  you  found  surprising  and/or  interesting  about  B-­‐Cycle.   5. Why  you  think  B-­‐Cycle  works/doesn’t  work.   6. What  you  might  do  to  change  B-­‐Cycle  to  make  it  work  or  more  effective.    Class  on  February  26:  In  groups,  discussion  of  your  activity,  and  presentation  to  class  from  those  groups.  

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