UCD Charrette Process Blog
What did I do?
First, we came up with a specific type of user under a specific circumstance, for example, our group targets on are single travelers. The scenario is that a 20 year old lonely tourist comes to Seattle with no friends or plans. We did this because we wanted to narrow down the potential users and gather more tailored information from them to help us design a system that fits best for them.
After that, we moved on to design a user interface screen which stimulates what options and procedure will our users face. Our design solution is to provide an mobile app that gives an optimum route of tour sites for travelers based on the time they want to spend.
What I liked about the technique/process
I really enjoy when we switch teammates with other groups during charrette. This is an opportunity for us to introduce this project to a person who knows nothing about it before. I consider explaining my design as a way to show how I justify myself in making each decision, for example, explaining why we need each individual user interface. Also, the new team member can bring more new ideas or possible criticism to compliment our original idea.
Application in the future
I can see how charrette can generate a huge quantity of ideas, and by focusing on one specific type of user really narrows down the needs and wants of that type of user in a short amount of time. This is particularly suitable for solving problems that designers can mostly related to without too much background information, for example, designing apps that stop text and drive.
However, it might not be sufficient for projects that requires to know more specific user information to achieve a long term solution to a problem. For example, designing an app for color blind people. When designers are lack of those information, they seem to need more tools to achieve their goals.