As our guest critic and former professor Gary Chou said to our class this past Monday:
We needed to work on all complexity to find simplicity.
My next step is finding the most appealing and valuable aspects of my thesis project and tell this story.
Another takeaway is that when I’m presenting, I need to explain my design decisions behind each feature of the prototype based on my research insights, as opposed to doing a walkthrough of how it works.
Being a small business owner can be very lonely. NYC small business owners struggle to keep their businesses open due to the high cost of rent. To save money, they often work alone or with very few employees. They don’t have a team with which they can share their challenges or from whom they can get feedback.
Local Biz Collective is a supportive network that helps business owners build an alliance in their neighborhood. I have developed a set of engaging activities to build empathy, spark collaboration and inspire action. …
Audio recording, photos, and note-taking.
Juan is the owner of a petite Mexican restaurant in the West Village, who is barely making ends meet.
What inspired him to open his business was that every time he would go back from Mexico to visit his family, he would miss the authentic Mexican food that he couldn’t find anywhere else in New York City.
Age: 40 years old
Location: Long Island City, NYC
3 years in business
Hires 4 part-time employees
Archetype: The Observer
He is the owner of a Mexican restaurant. What inspired him to open his business was that every time he would go back from Mexico to visit his family, he would miss the authentic Mexican food that he couldn’t find anywhere in New York.
He wears many hats to run his business. He is the chef, manages the restaurant, and does the bookkeeping.
During the summer months, a lot of his loyal customers are away. There are a lot…
Section 1 of the worksheet and bringing the google sheet I created for them with the tasks list was very helpful to guide the conversation, and figure it out what tasks should be kept or the ones people need extra help with. Leslie shared that she needed help finding a list of companies in the West Village, and Esther offered to help her.
They came up with the idea of creating a West Village Alliance during brainstorming and are excited to continue working together.
They made a plan to invite new people for the next meeting.
NYC small business owners don’t have enough support from their local community and government.
Interaction Designer and MFA Interaction Design Student at the School of Visual Arts