the Internet of Things [green]

Student Project for INDS 3B09: Design Research, Insights & Innovation
For the Industrial Design Department of the Ontario College of Art & Design,
team mentor Matthew Jones, Research Associate, Beal Centre for Strategic Creativity

Saturday, March 25, 2006

thursday's class

hey guys - here are my notes from thursday's class. also, please download the document "User Scenarios" from mycourses.

- to write an scenario, you must do cultural assessment, context analysis, motivation analysis, understanding.

- unless you are writing a purely conceptual scenario, you should not write about things you have not experienced.

- make sure the story is in the context of your audience so they can relate to it

- think bigger than you can possibly think.

- Do not go far ahead in time, because you still need a context people can relate to. [go 10-15 years in the future at the most in the final scenario]

- Try to inhabit each character you write about. If you can't inhabit the character, don't write it.

- Context Analysis - mapping the epxerience in order to understand it.

- Some examples of story styles:
  • News - practice with real news stories and replace all the facts.
  • Business Magazine - making stuff up that could possibly be read in a magazine
  • Letters/Journals - easier because they are directly from your point of view
  • Book Review - pretend that a book was written about your subject and turn the review into the scenario

- Always plot the story before you write it so you get all the crucial points in.

- Have a "line", and make sure you bring your story back to the same point you started from. This makes it more compelling and memorable.

- Point of View

  • the 3 dimensionality of the story - think of it like different cameras
  • writing stories from the POV of an object can be successful
  • how does the exact same story feel from different POV's? [make sure you have complete understanding of all the POV's]

- Scenarios

  • explain everything that cannot be drawn or modelled [emotions, experiences, etc]
  • they are task-oriented

- Prepare a document, compelling presentation, and a mood board

- Mood Board = discussion points [not scenarios] that help you write the scenarios

  • Ask as many questions as possible
  • Make this AND the scenario emotional
  • Create the tone for your team that will carry over into your scenario (create the context)

- Create a medium that is trusted, to tell your story - like Orson Welles on the radio [War of the Worlds]

- Make sure your scenarios state what the benefit is for the user.

- One way to start writing your scenario could be to start off going WAY in the future, and then back-setting it so it is more like 10-15 years. Matt suggested we try this to get us going.


ok so those are my notes

MEETING ON MONDAY - 2pm, let's meet on the 5th floor.

MEETING ON TUESDAY with Matt - please everyone try to come, it is much more helpful if everyone hears the info. What times work for everyone? I am free until 6:30.

please comment asap

thanks guys,



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