Interaction Design Blog

Brainstorming ideas in our groups

We were tasked with crafting a user interface on a topic of choice. On our way to starting this, we went through the interaction design process and extrapolated various forms of data and expanded them in order to make sort of a shortlist of the possible options for each category in the requirements rubric for the app. This assisted us in terms of deciding what topic we wanted to make an UI of. I chose the animal census option and came up with a design using the POP app (an extremely useful tool for brainstorming design ideas), which is explained in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aO0jUN6PEOc.

Being introduced to the various functions in the POP app

Problems along the way:

The major problem that I encountered whilst creating this app was coming up with a specific set of screens that were interlinked, simulating the interface of an actual app. The app had to be sophisticated enough so that an actual user would have a satisfying experience, hence, our thought process had to be from the perspective of a potential daily user. Coming up with an appropriate motivational tool to get the users into this app was a major area of discussion and there were a lot of different ideas, some of which, in reality, might not have worked.

Things I liked:

I’m glad I got introduced to the POP app as it is one of the most innovative and useful apps, not just for beginners but even for professional UX designers. The fact that we had to explain our app and sell it in our video raised the bar and increased the levels of complexity and sophistication of our POP designs.

Importance in society:

The Interaction Design process would be extremely helpful to a firm going through the initial stages of designing a prototype. The POP app can be an excellent resource for them to brainstorm their ideas on. Furthermore, by extrapolating their prototypes in a video, the employees could potentially pitch their ideas to the firm, from which the firm can come to a conclusion of what might be the most suitable approach. This process makes one think of ideas and information needs by challenging them to address the questions being brought up in each stage. It also gives them a huge shortlist to then use their research to eliminate options and narrow it down to the optimum modules.

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