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Member since September 08, 2008
Well-being, Industrial Design
This is what I said to Lee. Her original message to me is below what I wrote:
I completely agree with most of what you say. The most important thing about design research and experimentation is knowing the right questions to ask. The idea of the assignment is not just to make you do a survey so that you will have had that experience; the purpose is to generate actual data that can support and feed back into your design thinking as you explore your topic and refine your hypotheses and your proposal. I have a couple of observations:
I think you are right that you are not going to learn anything from surveying the end users, even if you could identify and communicate with them.
I also agree that sending identical questionnaires to people who you are targeting because of their specific technical expertise is silly. In this case, you are not really looking for a consensus, or some statistical measurement; you want specific information to fill in gaps in your knowledge about a complex subject. So, in your case it will make better sense to send your questions directly to people who you believe may have the answers.
I disagree with your prediction of a 1% return rate. Believe me, if you write intelligent questions, and send them to people you identify for their expertise, you will get many responses. I know because I do this all the time, and it works. Also, people contact me out of the blue, and unless they seem to be asking questions for sneaky reasons, or if they have not don...
Posted October 26, 2008 in A Good Life 6 - Parsons The New School for Design
Community, Industrial Design
Hello, The message below is a response to an email to me from Leah Waldman, the text of her message is at the bottom. She was asking about how to post results from the survey, and I would like everyone to read my response, because it might be useful as you do yours.
Regarding the survey, we would like to see as much information as possible on the blog, but it depends on the format of the information you have collected. Did they just fill out a form by checking boxes or answering multiple choice questions, or did they give you more detailed responses? In either case, this is extremely valuable stuff. If it's in English, go ahead and post what they said, and if it's in another language, you can summarize. Then, think about what you have learned from doing this exercise, and how it affects your decision-making for your thesis proposal. Write a couple of paragraphs that captures your thinking about this.
Some things to consider as you do this:
What have you learned about the market size and composition?
Could you identify a specific need or problem that your product could address through your discussions with potential users?
Did you learn about an appropriate business model that might be relevant to producing the product you are considering?
Did you learn about any regulatory or technical issues that will affect your decisions?
Use quotes or statistics from the questionnaires whenever possible to support your observations. Then post everything on the blo...
Posted October 25, 2008 in A Good Life 6 - Parsons The New School for Design
Well-being, Industrial Design
Note: I produced my bibliography using easybib.com.
Blades, M., Y. Lippa, R.G. Golledge, R.D. Jacobsen, and R.M. Kitchin. "The effect of spatial tasks on visually impaired people's wayfinding abilities." Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness (2002): 407-19.
[Rationale for Reference 1]
This article deals with the ways that visually impaired people use mental imaging to construct an imaginary model of an environment. This is important in understanding the cognitive issues surrounding cane travel, so I needed this reference to support my arguments that real-time feedback could be a useful aid in teaching proper cane technique to blind travelers.
Blasch, B., W. Wiener, and R. Welch. Foundation of Orientation and Mobility. 2nd ed. New York, NY: AFB P, 1997.
[Rationale for Reference 2]
This book is the primary text for students learning to teach Orientation and Mobility to newly blind individuals. By reading the chapter here on the history of teaching cane technique, I learned that the demand for life-skills training for blinded veterans after World War 2 led to the emergence of O&M training as a discipline. While this does not provide specific data or information that can be used directly in the design process, it provides a useful background that helped me to empathize with teachers-in-training, that is, it helped me to get into the heads of those who are learning to teach cane skills.]
Posted September 23, 2008 in A Good Life 6 - Parsons The New School for Design
Communication, Industrial Design
On Monday, September 22, I will be discussing several topics that will be of interest as you begin to carry out design research that is at the heart of the thesis. I will be showing a few examples from my own work to illustrate some of the methods and techniques for beginning to carry out design research. You may want to take a look at my presentation beforehand. Here's the link to my presentation.
Posted September 21, 2008
Hi, I have posted Linda's TWiST form to my website (I haven't been able to figure out how to post a document on the blog itself, but I am still working on it). Click on the link below, then download the form. Let me know if you have any problems with this. By next week, I will have a better understanding of all of the features of the blog, so I will be in a better position to help all of you get acquainted with the features. steven
Posted September 10, 2008