After finishing all the assessment activities at the end of the academic year, I made a fresh start on my Inclusive Design project, working on the interface using a design process developed by Google’s Designstaff.
The Designstaff sprint is a full design cycle that can be completed in just 5 days:
Before the sprint: Prepare
Get the people and things you need.
Day 1: Understand
Dig into the design problem through research, competitive review, and strategy exercises.
Day 2: Diverge
Rapidly develop as many solutions as possible.
Day 3: Decide
Choose the best ideas and hammer out a user story.
Day 4: Prototype
Build something quick and dirty that can be shown to users.
Day 5: Validate
Show the prototype to real humans (in other words, people outside your company) and learn what works and what doesn’t work.
Today I am prototyping, so those results will come later, but for now I can show you the little ‘beautiful mind’ setup I produced on days 1-3. (Not to mean I would be a genius like John Nash, but more like the method of trying to create order out of chaos)
The ‘blue path’ is the most interesting one, which I am prototyping right now, to show to two SMEs in IT tomorrow and the day after.
The story goes like this:
- The user (SME IT) sees a poster detailing ‘Reasons for Inclusive Design’ and decides it is something or their business
- The QR-code on the poster leads to a mobile app, which asks a few questions to be able to give the user a custom-made user research method
- This method is then generated, and when it is ready, shown to the user as a step-by-step process. This process will include a mix between paper and digital guidance, such as shopping lists, interview questions, tips for taking notes, scanning notes, capturing small bits of audio and video, etc, etc.
- During the process, the time needed is shown for the current task, as well as the remaining part of the process.
- At the end, all the guidance and user-generated content is collected in a template for a pdf-booklet, that can be shared online or printed out. It can be used to tell about the research, learn for next time, or show clients your way of working.
Have a look at the wireframe prototype in the next post.