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P2: Better Outline Builder

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Having worked through a practice project, this project has you working on either clientele-provided problems or problems of your own choosing. In addition to new problems to tackle, you will integrate more ethics and systems or futures thinking into a more self-defined design process. Final concepts will be a high-fidelity prototype (physical and/or digital) which demonstrates the concept appropriately in the context of the brief.

Brief

This project will tackle:

Grade Distribution

The distribution of grades for this project. The detailed project rubric is at https://438.ah1.ca/projects/P2-Better/rubric/ The research, insight, and solution values can be adjusted between 4-12 and must tally to 25 with 5 points for the reflection.

Research deliverables:
Insight deliverables:
Solution deliverables:
Reflection:5
Total (out of 25):?

Research

Research of primary and secondary sources to define the problem in the context of the user, business, and domain.

Content

The research deliverable must include:

  • A statement of existing individual and group assumptions and biases based on the brief.
  • A list of sources in APA format.
  • An annotated bibliography of primary and secondary sources to better understand the domain.
  • Details of how methods were used, why they were chosen and highlights from their results.
  • A summary of results.

Much like in the first project, your annotated bibliography should seek to expand your initial understanding of the user, business, and domain you will be working in. After exploration, you may focus your research more using other methods.

There is a list of methods in each section of this project but the methods listed are not the only ones you may use. You may bring in other methods you know of as well. We also understand that your choices of methods and how to employ them may mean that something such as a Synthesis Wall could make sense as part of your research and/or your insights.

Deliverables must show use of at least three different methods. Some possible options:

You may also propose your own methods in the space below:

Form

Submission as:

Due

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Insight

Synthesizing research into insights and principles to guide the concept. Must be delivered before February 25th to allow for in-lecture insights to concepts activity.

Content

The insight deliverable must include:

  • Details of how methods were used, why they were chosen and highlights from their results.
  • A summary of insights and design principles and how they are informed by the research.

Deliverables must show use of at least three different methods. Some possible options:

You may also propose your own methods in the space below:

Form

Submitted as:

Due

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Solution

Translating insights and design principles into a concept and testable prototype.

Content

The concept deliverable must include:

  • Details of how methods were used and why they were chosen.
  • A proposed concept and how it is informed by the research.
  • A summary of the business case for the proposed concept.
  • A testable prototype for the proposed concept.

Deliverables must show use of at least three different methods. Some possible options:

You may also propose your own methods in the space below:

Form

Submitted as:

Due

This piece will be delivered by:

Reflection

Individually summarizing and analyzing your contribution to the project.

Content

The reflection deliverable must include:

  • An introduction that provides context and summarizes the problem, insight, and solution. Maximum 50 words.
  • A process analysis of the project in three steps — we suggest research, insight, solution — that shows a clear narrative of development and identifies your contribution(s) and decision making, not just the team. Maximum 250 words.
  • A reflection/conclusion on what your key takeaway for the project is, and why it is your takeaway. Maximum 100 words.

The content of the sections must consider the following:

  • Make use of images, research and evidence (artifacts) from your process to effectively convey your analysis.
  • Writing frames the analysis to be honest about the limitations of the research.
  • Use language understandable by a lay — possibly non-design, non-professional — audience.

Form

Submitted as:

Due

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Project Overview

This provides a timeline of what and when deliverables are expected, as well as how much they are worth.

ItemForm of Submission DueWorth
Ethics PrepEach member completes the Ethics TutorialDue Feb 25 in lecture-5/25 if not completed
Research - -/25
Insight - -/25
Solution - -/25
Reflection - -5/25

Agreement

Once you have filled in all the necessary fields (including those below), please print this to PDF and submit it with your team name in the file name to https://ah1.ca/438p2