03/28/17 — UCD Charrette

The first week of studio for HCDE 210 was conducted in a UCD Charrette format. Students were separated into alternating groups of 3 in order to derive a personalized solution for individual users each team received.

Students wrote down different users which were then separated into different categories and collectively displayed.

My group was given a mailman as our user and had to come up with a scenario and design solution for him. Collectively, we listed as many possible necessities our user would find useful then focused on one topic to create a solution for our user.

Two other group members and I brainstorm ideas for our presentation.
First draft of our sketch for creating the most useful GPS platform for our user.

Our scenario for our user was simple. He was simply going about his normal work day delivering mail and packages. However, we decided that his normal delivery speed was too slow so we designed a more advanced GPS system for a more simplistic work day for our user.


I really enjoyed this week’s process of brainstorming and problem-solving. It was very interesting to see everyone’s abstract solutions to simple problems. I especially thought that it was very impressive how problems can be solved from small ideas growing into a concrete concept. Being able to develop ideas with others was my favorite part about this charrette process. Additionally, since I find it hard to speak up in large crowds at times, I also enjoyed this process because I feel more comfortable working in small groups.

Each groups is allotted 60 seconds to briefly present their user, scenario and solution.

I can foreseeing myself using this Charrette process for future projects that require a lot of brainstorming and planning. This process would allow everyone to be able to input ideas and for those ideas to be able to expand in ways that a single person wouldn’t be able to develop.

The charrette processes would be useful in situations where information gathering is necessary. This is especially useful when there are a large number of people who want to voice their own opinions. The presentation at the end of the process allows for everyone to vocalize their thoughts and collectively create and improve on a solution for the original problem.

I am in HKSA, a cultural RSO that strives to bring Hong Kong culture to everyone at UW. I feel that the Charrette process would be helpful for meetings and discussions for us since at times there are difficult problems but in a room of 40+ people it is very difficult for everyone to voice their opinions, especially those who tend to be more shy.

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