Panel 2 Report

Jake Fleisher

The ideation process that Jake described included the steps: consume voraciously, create voraciously, remain in awe, think critically, communicate, and understand that nothing is by accident. Broken down, these steps mean that it is important to learn a lot, work with your hands/draw, be aware, don’t just look at things and observe, ask why, communicate in all forms — write, draw, speak, and understand that every decision needs to be made for a reason. Something that stood out to me was his argument that it is important that we don’t just notice/idly observe things. We must question and ask why and think about other/better solutions to problems in order to be innovative.

Katie Derthick

Katie Derthick’s work on meditation, mindfulness, and Bhuddism was highly interesting because she presented user research from a perspective I hadn’t thought about from before. She mapped out her research paper on her apartment walls and really utilized visualization and immersed herself in what she was studying. I like that although she went into her project interested in how the community made decisions on technology use, she also took notes about their environment and how they communicate. She didn’t limit herself to only studying certain practices so she was able to broaden her study.

Reflection

Based on these two professional projects, I would definitely try harder to not constrain myself when conducting further user research studies. I will also try to incorporate more aspects of visualization. I have learned to organize myself textually over the years through planners and lists, but have never really worked with concept maps to connect ideas. I think this would be beneficial and would allow me to broaden my horizons in the type of user research that I do.

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