WEEK 9: Continuity with Qualitative Research Methods

Remote digital collaging

One of the things that has been really important to me throughout this project has been connecting the threads of our research throughout phases: pulling identified opportunities from exploratory research into generative, bringing design implications into the evaluative phase, etc.

After conducting a workshop with older adults at Vintage, we thought the collaging (and thinking about the future, really) might work out better with Boomers, but since we were running out of time, I translated our existing collaging materials into something digital and attempted to frame it in a way that might work well for that format. So it started really as something that was developed out of necessity, but in the experience of doing it, I think there might actually be some added value in doing it this way.

It’s not so crafty, so our participants were a little more willing to get into it. Since it was digital, it was faster (I believe) and didn’t require the preparation of tons and tons of materials. The two-collage structure works well (having participants first consider today, then the future) because the first is learning how to interpret the prompt and the activity and in the second they can really hit the ground running. The limited size of the canvas also requires more instruction which appears to be helpful for participants.

I would definitely like to continue experimenting with these sorts of methods and would especially like to pilot a digital flexible modeling toolkit which I have begun to work on in a little spare time.

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