1 – How did engaging with a real person, testing with a real person, change the direction of your prototype?
While it allowed me to gain much faster insight into what they desired it also opened up the research to and prototype to more human error. This was a point that really stood with me while i thought about the rapid prototyping process, while it gave fantastic results and I saw results straight away it was also very easy to get side tracked or miss a point. I think that with a more structured prototype test this may not happen. I am very looking forward to the next prototype test i run now.
2 – What was it like showing unfinished work to another person?
I enjoyed the amount of feedback and how truly harsh it can be, this is what you need while trying to crease out any possible problems with a design. The idea of sharing unfinished work has traditionally scared me however this seemed a lot less scary being in a controlled classroom. While i admire those who are happy to share unfinished work I am not yet at this stage, I think that i might make it one of my goals this semester to show or present some unfinished work to a friend or colleague to get some initial feedback.
3 – As a user, how did you interact with your partners level of lowly resolved prototype, how did the level of resolution impact your experience as a user?
It was sometimes hard to grasp exactly what my partner was trying to get across with his design. I think that moving forward I will aim to present any project with a bit of a set up so the tester can see the perspective of how the design could be used. However, i do see that this approach could lead to bias so a very subtle approach will be needed.
4. Design thinking is an iterative, self-directed process. Based on what you learned, what would you go back and do next? What would you do over again?
I would start out with a plan for what I want to get out of every prototyping session. This could be writing out questions or concerns I still have with the product or simply having more open ended questions ready to go. Beyond this I would like to have slightly more time learning the parameters of my project before having someone begin testing it.
5. What principle, what tool would you infuse into the work tomorrow?
I found that trying to guide the tester in a certain direction was very easy to do, thus leading to bias results. I would like to bring an approach that removes some of the bias to the project. I think this is very important as if you are working on a project for a day or a month you have invested interest in it and you may cause bias.