Paper Prototyping assignment FOR NEXT WEEK

April 7, 2011 7 comments

So this week you’re going to be building paper prototypes of your idea (as individuals, NOT as a group). You need to test that prototype at least TWICE with a real user of your application.

This test should help you to refine your prototype and force you to fill in gaps in the UI and the workflow. Between your tests and bringing your prototype in next week, you should refine it based on the feedback your got from your tests. Here’s what else needs to happen:

You need to test your paper prototypes at least twice. Make refinements between the testing process (and during!). Document these testing sessions:

300 words on the testing and the idea:
What did you set out to test (i.e. what is your thing?)
What did each test reveal?
What did you change after each test?

Photo documentation (upload to Flickr) or EVEN BETTER: video, uploaded to YouTube.

Include links to your documentation and the report itself in the comments of this post.

And bring in your paper prototype for further testing in class next week.

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Paper Prototyping Readings

April 7, 2011 Leave a comment

be sure to read these BEFORE undertaking your paper prototype this week

A great overview of paper prototyping
Why low-fi prototyping kicks ass
A shorthand for designing UI flows

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Paper Prototyping Examples

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iPhone workflow:

Nice mobile test with scenarios:

This is just simply awesome:

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Mobile/Local Assignment

March 31, 2011 6 comments

We are partnering with Chicago Public Media for our Mobile Strategy Unit.

CPM has a mobile app for their station and web content–more information is available here.

This app is focused on the entire CPM brand, but they have lots of news and culture shows that are really brands of their own, most of them have no mobile presence separate from the CPM app. That’s a missed opportunity.

One that does is This American Life, whose mobile apps for Android and iPhone were built by the Public Radio Exchange.

We’re going to be proposing a mobile strategy for the CPM show Worldview. Please familiarize yourself with the show—be prepared to talk about what you heard next week.

In addition, we’re going to start the design process for these mobile prototypes by talking with potential users of the application about how they view the world, how they think about the intersection of local and global, how they collect and process information, etc. The key thing is to gain enough information from your interviews and observations to have a good sense of understanding of these users.

1. You need to talk with six people about the issues above. Collect these interviews and post them to the comments of this entry NO LATER THAN MONDAY NIGHT.

2. Looking at the entire class’s interviews, you need to come up with five insights that will help to define problems that next week you will work in small groups to brainstorm solutions for.

3. Bring those insights to class and be prepared to share them.

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Local/Mobile Survey

March 17, 2011 Leave a comment

As discussed in class, we are looking at local news organizations of all mediums (print, broadcast–TV and radio–and web) and sizes to figure out what their mobile strategy is (or if it exists at all). Please choose THREE local news organizations–be diverse, we don’t need nine people looking at the Tribune, for instance–and fill out the following form for each organization.

You will need to read the form in advance of starting this project so you know what to look for. You will need access to both a web-connected mobile device and a computer.


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Twilio for telephony apps!

March 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Today we’re going to take a dip into Twilio, a platform for building both voice- and SMS-based applications.

While Twilio is built on TwiML, a scripting language, we’re going to be using Twimlets, their easy-to-use wizards for creating surprisingly functional voice-based apps.

A couple Twimlet notes:

  • apostrophes break the URL the app runs off of, so be sure not to use them.
  • the URL that is generated gets truncated oddly in the window it’s displayed in. In order to capture it, you need to click through on it and copy from the address bar in your browser.
  • the coolest part of Twimlets is stringing them together to build surprisingly powerful things. So keep that in mind as you’re crafting yours–what can you do beyond simple information.
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    Mobile Reporting Final Project

    March 17, 2011 7 comments

    Over the last four weeks, we’ve looked at various methods to use your phone as a central point in reporting. We’ve looked at live coverage using both Twitter and video streams. We’ve looked at geolocational reporting, using both MyMaps and Fusion Tables. You’ve been using Posterous as a mobile blogging platform since day one, another great reporting tool. And today, we looked at using Twilio for creating voice-based reports and information collection tools.

    For the capstone Mobile Reporting project, you should choose one of these technologies and use it to create a stand-alone (i.e. not related to your mobile blog or any other project we’ve done in class) reporting project. This is something that should be large-scale (remember, you have two weeks to do it). If it’s a live reporting project, it shouldn’t be a single event, but something that unfolds over a few days. If it’s a mobile blog, it shouldn’t be random observations, but a focused, clear reporting project. If it’s a MyMap or a Fusion Tables map, it’s built with many more points than our exercises of two weeks ago. And if it’s Twilio, it’s something that’s generating real value or collecting real data (and uses a real phone number)—again, a focused, reported project.

    EXTRA CREDIT: Combine these technologies! If you effectively use two or more of these different technologies in your final project, you’ll receive extra credit.

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