This week we put together all the insights gathered from Jenny and user testing in order to make a final information architecture, high fidelity mockups and 3 micro-interactions for each user flow

Final Information Architecture

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After having a planned layout of the interface and the insights from user testing and personas we started to combine all the possible information architectures into one mid-fidelity information architecture and fleshed out the low-fidelity wireframes into much more detailed mid-fidelity wireframe. We digitally prototyped the mid-fidelity wireframes in order to conduct user testing on it and find insights which could help us fix logical issues and unintuitive interactions

Information Architecture

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Mid-fidelity Wireframes


This week we narrowed down our concept into three user tasks which were based on 3 different user personas. We also worked upon a vision statement in order to explain the purpose of our application in brief.

Vision Statement

Fido is a blogging and news website that encourages credibility in online publishing. Our aim is to ensure that journalists on the internet are writing with as much accuracy and precision as possible.

Three User Tasks

  1. Write
  2. Edit
  3. Read

User Personas

John, 28 [Writer]

Traits:

  • writer/content creator
  • writes for leisure and entertainment
  • “Says what they please, regardless of what other people believe of it”
  • often chooses questionable sources…

This week our team went deeper into understanding what the users want by conducting a user test using paper prototypes and a user testing script.

We started by making a simple paper prototype consisting of a document with a keyboard and mouse cursor. This prototype was used as an interface for the people we interviewed. After making a user script, we asked the users to perform certain tasks on the paper prototype while talking out loud what they were thinking before, while and after doing anything on the prototype.

Christine Karkafi conducted the user tasks while Duping Chen documented the…


After week 7’s in-class activity where we put up all the data points of our dataset on the walls forming categories and groups with similar interests, I ended up taking up the topic of fake in Journalism. I got the chance to team up with Duping Chen and Christine Karkafi to further research and develop ideas on the same.

We did some field research by asking ex-journalists and news/magazine enthusiasts about their perception of the word fake in the everyday content consumption and how they might solve this issue. …


This week dealt with research about the word fake; how people perceive it differently and how it can be used in an ambiguous manner.

This assignment began by first researching the etymology of the word fake and then using that research to generate a questionnaire to interview at least 5 people in order to find out how different people associate this word differently. The questionnaire is as follows:

  1. How do you conclude something to be genuine?
  2. Why do you think people fake things sometimes?
  3. The word fake is often associated with music. …

This week was focused on microinteractions and signifiers as well where we took the verb from last week (mine was “slide”) and created 10 short animations of some proposed digital microinteractions independent of screen/context. There were some categories to work upon for the same:

  1. Input: Mouse & Touch/Finger
  2. Skeuomorphic & Flat
  3. Maximalist & Minimalist
  4. Playful & Serious
  5. Exploratory & Efficient/Exact

Mouse

Touch

Skeuomorphic

Flat

Maximalist

Minimalist


This week Min and I narrowed down our 20 concepts to just two and made their information architectures, user flows and wireframes in order to get the app user-tested and improve it based on the feedback.

Spotify Radar

This application connects the Spotify users with similar music interests all over the world. The users can create or join stations made by others

Insights

  1. Based on our interview, according to what Akshay said that even though he wouldn’t consider our dataset as a form of entertainment he would still use it to convey the importance of unity and secularism in the world.
  2. Michael Jackson…

In the third week we were assigned team projects where we had to 2 tasks:

  1. Choosing an application which has both, a desktop and a mobile client, and then compare and contrast them. Collect insights about the users of the application and how the mobile/desktop clients meet the users’s goals.
  2. Choosing a dataset from the ArtCenter Library and interviewing 3 people to get to know how and why would a user make use of the dataset. Create a mindmap using this research and make 20 concept sketches.

Min and I chose to work on WhatsApp Messenger and found the following…


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This week we were supposed to choose a specific direction from the insights that we got by doing the card sorting exercise. I decided to take companionship as my track and make a match-making app concept, called ToiMoi. It aims to bring together people seeking for a serious relationship based on mutual interests and compatibility. Prospect matches become available only after the interests match so that people match only with people who have similar views and opinions

The dataset for this app consisted of majorly two data points — people and media content. …

Siladityaa Sharma

Interaction Design Student at ArtCenter College of Design // Class of 2021

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