Q-Notes:

A case study for digital note capture applications for electronic lab notebook systems.

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The goal

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The problem

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In an active lab, there is limited room for large lab notebooks or laptops.

Initial assumptions:

Research & Insights

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. . . the biggest discovery, in an active laboratory environment, post-its and scrap paper were the primary tools used to create notes, calculations, and sketches in place of the official notebook.

This discovery. . . shifted my goal from a record-keeping platform to a note capturing system that could image small physical notes and transcribe them into text within the application.

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Mapping down and identifying similarities from one on one interviews
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Using the ‘Jobs to be done’ format helped reveal the users' real needs.

I came to the conclusion that a full electronic lab notebook is not needed, but a support system to the data entry point of an electronic lab notebook.

Solution Hypothesis

Lots of catagorized ideas on digital post it notes.
Lots of catagorized ideas on digital post it notes.

The key criteria were, image the written note, convert to text and time stamp and date each note.

A storyboard made up of post it notes for an app about digitally capturing post it notes.
A storyboard made up of post it notes for an app about digitally capturing post it notes.
Storyboard with optional workflows

User informed design

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Note capture screen flow
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Concept sketch of the quick note application

Key discovery pivots

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The main discoveries that lead to the pivots in the creation of the quick notes application.

Summary: Designing for the User

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