Last few days, I did low-fi prototype user test with four people. I used my phone screen. Three of them tested in my school, one tested in New Museum( the design example I am using for my design).

The four users are Sumeja Tulic(Art and Writing background); Zelong Xia(Parsons Graduate); Johny Vino(SVA Graduates); Yaxu Han(SVA Graduate).

The low-fi prototype I used:

This is the first step of building a Prototype Plan. The Plan will include a concept description and a timeline, but before you worry about getting where you’re going, start with a Roadmap. Once this is complete, you will turn this roadmap into a concrete plan. This first pass is your analysis of where you have been and terrains yet to explore. Create a high-level map to address the following key questions: Areas (attributes, features, part of the experience) that you have studied that need refinement. Areas (attributes, features, part of the experience) that you have not yet explored Prioritize…

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Mini Prototype Twist/Dive — Opinions System

Have you ever think of what are something that made you really proud of?

How many times you have been asked or to think, what are some cherished memories in your life?

You probably have some answers in your mind and start recalling the beautiful moments in your life.


Legacy Keeper
An app helps patients reflect on their life history, lessons and values by creating the stories they pass down to the generations that follow as a legacy.

Problem Statement There is a group of people just got diagnosed with a terminal illness, they are not prepared, they worried about…

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Concept Statement / Value Proposition

First Version: Underart(TBD name) is a mobile app which helps visitors understand contemporary art better by giving people clear and accessible art work interpretation, and encourage visitors to shout out their opinions base on understanding.

Iteration1: My app helps art enthusiasts understand contemporary artworks better via breaking down the academic interpretations into conversational dialogue and encouraging opinions expressions to the public.

Iteration 2: ArtBlast(TBD name) is a digital service to help contemporary art enthusiasts understand artworks through virtual guide Kiki who provides customized/ digestible interpretations conversation based user’s choices and spark users conversations of contemporary art.


Spart demystifies contemporary art in a personal, conversational experience that quickly shows me the nuance and meaning behind the artist’s choices. Kiki, the virtual curator, guides visitors through each piece’s context and fosters conversations with other patrons in the space. People use Spart to have informed, meaningful exchanges about the art and its meaning, and how it relates to our [everyday lives | personal experience].

Target User

Target User + Stakeholder (Keep updating)

This part is about my target user research and stakeholders interview conclusions.

Target user: Art exhibition attendees who wish to understand the meaning behind the artworks they are viewing. Contemporary art enthusiasts.

Stakeholders: artists, curators, museums(galleries), visitors, exhibition designers, critics, other art professionals.

1st Interview of art museum visitors

Field research: Guggenheim museum. I interviewed five visitors who were looking at the exhibition. These are my conclusions of interview.

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1. See saw

Summary: Plan your visit to city contemporary art galleries, find the best show and map your route.
Goal: Help people to find gallery exhibition.
Target User: Tourists or art exhibition enthusiast who like going to galleries and art exhibitions.
Scenario: Before go to art exhibition gallery, you need to find a good and interesting exhibition. Then help you go to the exhibition and some interpretation of the exhibition. The majority of exhibitions are galleries and small museums.

Product Architecture:

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This article is about contemporary art museums and galleries in NYC. I research some of them from exhibition content, artists, interpretation presentation, space and profit model. I want to choose one for my thesis design implementation spot.

Whitney Museum of American Art

Summary | The Whitney Museum of American Art — known informally as the “Whitney” — is an art museum located in Manhattan. It was founded in 1931 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, a wealthy and prominent American socialite and art patron after whom the museum is named.

The Whitney focuses on 20th- and 21st-century American art. The museum’s Annual and Biennial exhibitions…

Words and sentences analysis. How to express yourself.

Describe, Analyze, Interpretation, Judgement

A quick reference to help understand, appreciate and analyze art. How to look at and critique art using the four components of artistic criticism.

Describe: Tell what you see (the visual facts).

  • What is the name of the artist who created the artwork?
  • What kind of artwork is it, what medium is it?
  • What is the name of the artwork?
  • When was the artwork created?
  • Name some other major events in history that occurred at the same time this artwork was created.
  • List the literal objects in the painting (trees, people, animals, mountains, rivers, etc.).
  • What do you notice first when you look at the work(s)? Why?
  • What…

Xiaoxi Yuan

MFA Interaction Design at SVA | Designer |

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