ah teaches interactive objects & environments

P1: Practice

Working with a selection of the D&AD New Blood Awards Briefs we will practice moving through a design sprint process to develop realistic solutions to the brief. Final solutions will be a high-fidelity prototype (physical or digital) which demonstrates the solution appropriately in the context of the brief.

You may choose one of the three briefs to work with this term:

Please note that any of your work in this project may be randomly selected for use in weekly crits in front of the class. Ideally all students will have their work appear at least once in weekly crits.

Worth

20% of your final grade.

Instructions

This project contains weekly deliverables many of which are individual. Please make sure to read this document carefully before submitting.

Starting Jan 7

This week in the lecture you will have spent some time considering the problem, identifying gaps, and what may answer the gaps.

For next week you are to individually:

  1. Organize the in-lecture exploration into a digital document; the problem, the gaps, and what may answer the gaps.
  2. Define one exploratory research question going forward.
  3. Locate 3 secondary sources — i.e. books, articles, documentaries, podcasts, etc. — that summarize or synthesize material related to your research question.
    • Summarize what this source is in 100 words or less.
    • Briefly explain how this source will answer the research question.
  4. Identify 2 primary sourcespropose a person you could interview and another primary source such as newspaper accounts, recorded interviews, etc. — that you believe could provide you an understanding of someone's experience in the context of the research question.
    • Summarize what experience this source shares (or could share) in 100 words or less.
    • Briefly explain how this source will help share an experience that may answer the research question.

Assemble the pieces into a document that is designed for minimal reader resistance. The format (PDF, website, etc) is of your choosing but should demonstrate a refined and well-designed document.

Any revisions to websites after the delivery time will incur late penalties accordingly.

This submission is worth 3/20% of the project grade and is due by 5:00pm on Jan 13 to Canvas.

Weekly deliverables rubric
ABCD/F

Document is designed for minimal reader resistance and demonstrates significant development from the in-class exercises. For example:

  • Consistent formatting of sources — i.e. using APA or MLA — though line-spacing does not have to follow formatting rules.
  • Additional sources — more than three secondary and two primary — are provided with accompanying summaries and explanations.
  • Exploratory research question included.
  • Summaries are clear and offer an effective explanation of the source in less than 100 words.
  • Explanation of how the source may answer the research question is clear and brief.

Document is designed for minimal reader resistance and demonstrates some development from the in-class exercises. For example:

  • Consistent formatting of sources — i.e. using APA or MLA — though line-spacing does not have to follow formatting rules.
  • Exploratory research question included.
  • Sources make use of no examples shared in class (that were not their own) and the requested number are provided.
  • Summaries are clear and offer an effective explanation of the source in less than 100 words.
  • Explanation of how the source may answer the research question is clear and brief.

Document's design presents some reader resistance and demonstrates some development the from in-class exercises. For example:

  • Consistent formatting of sources — i.e. using APA or MLA — though line-spacing does not have to follow formatting rules
  • Exploratory research question included.
  • The requested number of sources are provided.
  • Summaries are clear and offer an effective explanation of the source in less than 100 words.
  • Explanation of how the source may answer the research question is clear and brief.

Document's design presents significant reader resistance and demonstrates little to no development from in-class exercises. For example:

  • Inconsistent formatting of sources.
  • Exploratory research question may or may not be included.
  • The requested number of sources are not provided.
  • Summaries are unclear or unfocused and do not offer effective explanation of the source.
  • Explanation of how the source may answer the research question is unclear.

From Jan 14 to Jan 20

This week in the lecture you will have spent some time reviewing what you know, considering further questions, and your own biases.

For next week you are to individually:

  1. Based on our discussions in lecture revise your research question if necessary. Explain why the revision was or was not necessary.
  2. Organize the in-lecture exploration into a digital document; the (possibly revised) research question, the assumptions and what you want to find out about from potential interviewees.
  3. Write 3 questions for your interviewee and for each question list what you intend it to answer. Then make use of the consent and interview templates (as needed) to assemble a complete script for your interview.
  4. Try to locate and interview the primary source you proposed. If this is not doable, find a replacement primary source (newspaper accounts, recorded interviews, etc) and review the individual's experience. For all primary sources (this week and last) make sure to:
    • Summarize how the experience relates to your research question. Use 100 words or less.
    • Briefly explain what the experience was. Use 100 words or less.
    • Include any raw interview notes if you completed an interview.
  5. Derive two possible insights from your research. With each of the insights:
    • State the insight.
    • Summarize why this is valid insight using evidence from your research (this week or the prior). Use 250 words or less.
    • Explain how this insight is connected to the brief. Use 50 words or less.
    • Make sure to make no proposals of possible solutions.

Assemble the pieces into a document that is designed for minimal reader resistance. The format (PDF, website, etc) is of your choosing but should demonstrate a refined and well-designed document.

Any revisions to websites after the delivery time will incur late penalties accordingly.

This submission is worth 3/20% of the project grade and is due by 5:00pm on Jan 20 to Canvas.

Weekly deliverables rubric
ABCD/F

Document is designed for minimal reader resistance and demonstrates significant development from the in-class exercises. For example:

  • Exploratory research question included with effective rationale for keeping it or revising it.
  • Three interview questions with what they intend to answer are included.
  • Consent and interview templates included.
  • Additional sources — more than two primary — are provided with accompanying summaries and explanations. Summaries are clear and offer an effective explanation of the source. Explanation of the source's experience is clear and brief.
  • One additional insight — for a total of three — is included. Each insight is effectively supported using evidence from research and is demonstrably connected to the brief.
  • All word counts are met.
  • Consistent formatting of sources — i.e. using APA or MLA — though line-spacing does not have to follow formatting rules.

Document is designed for minimal reader resistance and demonstrates some development from the in-class exercises. For example:

  • Exploratory research question included with effective rationale for keeping it or revising it.
  • Three interview questions with what they intend to answer are included.
  • Consent and interview templates included.
  • Two primary sources are provided with accompanying summaries and explanations. Summaries are clear and offer an effective explanation of the source in less than 100 words. Explanation of the source's experience is clear and brief.
  • Two insights are included. Each insight is effectively supported using evidence from research and is demonstrably connected to the brief.
  • All word counts are met.
  • Consistent formatting of sources — i.e. using APA or MLA — though line-spacing does not have to follow formatting rules.

Document's design presents some reader resistance and demonstrates some development the from in-class exercises. For example:

  • Exploratory research question included with effective rationale for keeping it or revising it.
  • Three interview questions with what they intend to answer are included.
  • Consent and interview templates included.
  • Two primary sources are provided with accompanying summaries and explanations. Summaries are clear and offer an effective explanation of the source in less than 100 words. Explanation of the source's experience is clear and brief.
  • Two insights are included. Each insight is effectively supported using evidence from research and is demonstrably connected to the brief.
  • Not all word counts are met.
  • Consistent formatting of sources — i.e. using APA or MLA — though line-spacing does not have to follow formatting rules.

Document's design presents significant reader resistance and demonstrates little to no development from in-class exercises. For example:

  • Exploratory research question included with no rationale.
  • Three interview questions with what they intend to answer are included.
  • One primary source is provided with an accompanying summary or explanation. Summaries are unclear or unfocused and do not offer effective explanation of the source. Explanation of the source's experience is unclear.
  • One insight is included. The insight is not supported by evidence from research.
  • Not all word counts are met.
  • Inconsistent formatting of sources.