This week I want to give you ample time to complete your research and start actually prototyping a couple key interactions within your proposed app. We will start with you sharing the results of last week’s Team Post assignment. Let’s discuss what you have learned so far from your research and what has been effective.
Start with a peek at something I’ve been working on.
We need to start with learning how to appropriately brainstorm … let’s do something together to illustrate how to best construct opportunities to arrive at ideas together.
Now it is your turn, I want you to brainstorm a set of scenarios or case studies that you can use as the basis to develop set of prototype interactions within your app. Work together to imagine:
- A set of scenarios (3-5) where your app would be the tool people would use to solve their problem
- How the app would be used in those scenarios by creating a work flow, a diagram, a process map, or other visual ways of articulating how the app addresses your audiences’ challenges
- Create a set of opportunity areas to focus on within the scenarios — the team should construct a series of “How Might We …” statements to address the challenges illustrated in the frameworks from the previous step
Spend time brainstorming each opportunity area …
- Decide if your app truly does overcome the problems that people are trying to solve with your app
- Choose at least two scenarios to prototype
Begin to Design your Interactions
Paper prototyping is a great way to do this … let’s explore some options. Here is a fantastic PDF template of the iPad you are designing for available for free to print (I even printed some for you). Here is an app that automates your paper prototypes — and it works perfectly with the template I just linked to.
Out of Class
- Watch the Paper Prototyping course on Lynda.com.
- Come to class next week with your interactions ready to paper prototype … it is a good idea to play with some of the tools we looked at.
- Bring your iPad paper templates to class with some ideas sketched out.
- Start working on your final synthesis — due in two weeks!
- Remember you can now start doing your class evaluation.