HCDE 210: UCD Charette

Starting to Explore the Techniques I’m going to use in the class

1. What I Did in the Studio

Learning how HCD works.

Me and my group listing a bunch of vehicles targeted for satisfying a specified user’s needs

In the first studio, we did a User-Centered Charette. In a Charette, we first brainstorm ideas. This time me and my team are designing a smart car interface that can satisfy a specified user’s needs. After we have the ideas,we will put the ideas on sticky notes and all the teams will put their sticky notes on a whiteboard to organize and categorize all the ideas. Then we will be assigned an idea and we started to design. We drew all our designs on huge sheets of paper and we described who is the user, when will the user need this interface to work, and how will this interface work. My team was assigned to design an interface for batman driving a “bat mobile”. We decided to give the vehicle a weapon system that can be controlled by a controller stick on the steering wheel. Batman can use this system whenever he needs to self defense or attack criminals and obstacles. He can have different weapons for different situations.

Figuring out how to present our ideas in the most simple way

After the all the teams put their design on sheets of paper, every team presents their work to all other teams. This is a very good way to let a team to communicate to other teams and have other team’s advice.

Presenting our ideas to all other teams

2. Techniques I used this week

To brainstorm a lot of ideas and come up with an agreement with my teammates in a short time.

I really like the process of thinking all kinds of ideas with my teammates. To me, I guess this is where all my inspirations come from. This time in the studio, we had a very big constraint, which was time shortage. All the team would have to come up with really good ideas and present the ideas to classmates in a very short time. Trying to come up with an agreement with my teammates in such a short period of time is hard, but I like this technique because it was a very good opportunity to demonstrate what we are expected to do in future sprints and further in the academic career.

3. Applying this Technique in the Future

This technique will have a significant impact on the efficiency of the team.

In the future, I think this technique will be useful for projects similar to this charette, especially when time is a constraint. When you only have a very short time to perform the design and build it, effective communication and discussion with your teammates is the key. This technique will be suitable for all the fields. For example, when me and my team are assigned to complete a project in a short time, we may use the same technique we used in the studio this time, because this is very efficient and can let all the voice inside your group to be heard. However, because of the time constraint, the process is kind of in a rush, so the quality is not so satisfying. If I’m going to do a project that requires much more detailed analysis, this technique will not be a good choice because analyze different data is a very time consuming process that can take a few days to weeks, even months to complete.

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