Answer Your Research Question: a Hypothesis

Q: Why would teenagers want to do Light Scribing?

A: Light Scribing can make teenagers feel competent and connected to their friends.

After meeting with Rob Tieben today, I discovered there is still something missing here. Light Scribing does not in itself give the feeling of competency or connectedness. That this came out of my research is because from the start, I went with the assumption that the Light Scribing would be done within a social network setting. So the real answer could be:

A: Light Scribing within a social system can make teenagers feel competent and connected to their friends.

Better?

*off thinking about it some more*

Better Late than Never: a Research Question

This chart in my last post makes it quite clear where I stand in terms of progress on this project, and why it was unclear to me where I was going. I think I need to redefine my research question a bit more specific. I also need to go over the research one more time with the research question in mind, and make a short and clear abstract that will also serve as a base for my hypothesis. Continue reading

Second User Evaluation of Light Scribing

One week after the first user evaluation, we held another evaluation session. One reason to do this was to see if the technique would still be interesting after some time, and if users would be prepared to keep using it.

All four students in this project were present, and some had prepared special hand-held lights to use. On top of that we had the use of a more advanced camera that could do longer shutter times. Three of the four original users were present as well.

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The Crucial Factors applied to Light Scribing

In the next user evaluation, I would like to find out more about what values and meaning user describe to Light Scribing. But what are the best questions to ask? Using my own version of the Top 10 Needs for a Positive User Experience by Sheldon (2001), I will start to chalk up some possible questions to ask. Hopefully they give me some kind of framework to at least look at the whole experience from different angles. Continue reading

Co-Creating Stories (setup)

Just a few minutes ago, I met my next door neighbour and we set a date for some user testing! It is going *down* this Monday, I can’t wait! It will probably be four kids between the ages of 14-18, painting with light in the neighbourhood square. So I started work on the setup of this user test, the questions I want to ask, the equipment I want to use for the light painting, etcetera.

What do teenagers usually do after school? What are the habits and rituals that teenagers have in relation to exercise/activity and communication? Are there certain fixed activities or people? Do they communicate about their activities, and with whom? Why do they do these activities? Continue reading