Oct
24
5:30 PM17:30

W7 // Affinity Analysis

We've condensed all the information from our interviews into concise statements, now we need to organize them and start exploring how to communicate our findings for designers to get the most out of it. We'll start by exploring how our findings (theme statements) relate to each other by grouping similar themes together, then start to 'model' or sketch visual representations of the findings to illustrate how the groups are related to each other.

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Oct
17
5:00 PM17:00

W6 // Synthesis

The data is organized, but there's a hell of a lot of it! Now we're going to start separating what's important from what isn't so we can prioritize it in a way that will allow us to focus on the things that are important to know when it's time to make design decisions. In other words, we are going to look at the organized data, use a method to determine what's important and summarize the ideas that say the same thing so that we have 30 summarized ideas instead of 600 redundant data points.

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Oct
10
5:00 PM17:00

W5 // Analysis

We've collected all the data from the interviews, cleaned and digitized it. Now it's time to start the process of breaking it down into little bits and organizing it so that we can start making sense of it. In class we'll go over how to organize the data in a way that will allow us to start seeing the bigger picture when we move on to synthesis (the next step) next week.

Side note... Out of all the steps in the research process, analysis is the most logical and probably most foreign to most designers (and design education curriculum). However if you stick to some basic principals it can be a straightforward process and will set you apart from all the other design students out there.


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Oct
3
5:00 PM17:00

W4 // Get Out There!

Asking the right questions and collecting good information from interviews is one of, if not the most difficult, yet important part of the research process. For this class period we'll have a discussion (no lecture) on how things went with interviews the past week, answer any questions you may have and give you feedback on how to improve so that your next interview(s) are even better.

We'll also go over how to take the data you collected from your interview(s) and organize it in a way that cleans it up and gets it ready to analyze.


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Sep
26
5:30 PM17:30

W3 // Conducting Interviews

We've identified what questions our research will answer, we've created a plan (methodology) to collect/uncover those answers, now it's time to go out there and put our plan into action. We'll go over how to conduct interviews (note taking, moderating) and how to ensure the information we are collecting is good quality and most importantly will result in the answers to our key questions!


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Sep
19
5:30 PM17:30

W2 // Methodology

Methodology development is about taking the key questions of your research and figuring out how you are going to answer them. There are many different methods you can use to answer any given question, the trick is to figure out what are the most efficient, effective ways of getting to those answers.


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Sep
12
5:30 PM17:30

W1 // Course Overview

Introduction to design research with an overview of what we will be doing this semester. We'll briefly touch on the first phase of the design research process establishing key questions and research goals.


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