Panel report 2

This is a quite special assignment for me. I did not attend last week’s lecture due to a midterm, so I have no idea what am I going to write at first. After I had gone to see Kerem at his office hour, he advised me to read two articles and write down what I have learned from them. So, my report will focus on what these articles tell me.
The first article “What Sketches (and Prototypes) Are and Are Not” introduces the purpose of ideation. Firstly, ideation sketches should be plentiful and clustered. Designers will not make “sketch.” Instead, they will make “sketches.” Each sketch is not isolated from others; it should in the context of a collection or series to show designer’s concept. There is one part stand out to me- ideation is well-connected with the visualization part. In ideation process, designers invite their concepts, exploring various possibilities, and put out potential problems. While in the visualizing process, designers will concentrate on their concepts in ideation part, refining plenty of possibilities and answer potential problems. For now, I know that ideation is not only served as a starting stage to help designers show their thoughts, but also a guideline which is bounded with latter design process tightly.
The second article “Why You Only Need to Test with 5 Users” explains how to conduct a convincible user test. In the article, the author mentions that it is wise to run a “3X5” test, which means to run test 3 times with 5 users each time. One reason we focus on only 5 users each time is the more users we add, the less new feedback we can receive because lots of users will do same things on product. One aspect that stands out to me is the “3” part- to run a test three times on different users. There is no “perfect first version” for products, so we need the first user test to help us find out potential problems on our products. After refining our design, the second test will find remained problem. Moreover, it will probe deeper into the usability of the fundamental structure. Due to basic level usability problems on our products, these issues cannot be found in the first test. The second test will serve as a quality assurance of the outcome of the first study and help provide deeper insights as well. The third test is quite like the second one, but with more details.

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