Presenting UseWell mapping icons

Posted by Selina Schepers on Wednesday March 10th 2010 at 11:57

Today we presented the UseWell mapping icons to our social spaces colleagues in order to get feedback. We received useful comments on our current mapping icons and strategy.

The icon set we designed for UseWell is inspired on the mapping kit created in the research project Interface-Our-Space. Interface-Our-Space made this kit to create an overview of creative processes. This enables critical reflection and transparency regarding artistic and research projects which are often quite complex. This kit contains icons for persons, tasks, activities, communication tools, lines and arrow to indicate directions, etc..

The icons designed for UseWell will help in our mapping exercises to gather user-centered design methods and tools. Icons are for example persons to define roles of project participants, problem and opportunity which will tell us if a specific method was used to conquer a problem or work out an opportunity, documentation of the project, achievement to clarify what was achieved by using a specific method or tool, etc.

For example icons to display emotional collaboration, whether you agree or disagree or even stand neutral towards a situation, were not clear enough. We will redesign these, as well for the tiny detail of the gender specified icons of persons. We made a female and male icons, this difference should be visualised more clearly.

Another concern was that we are going to receive to few methods and tools with using only the mapping exercise. However, our desk research creates an inventory of existing methods and tools. The goal of UseWell is to gather methods and tools, which are the most used and innovative.

Furthermore, we were asked how we start a mapping session. We will use the ‘personal inventory’ method (IDEO cards) as an icebreaker to create a casual atmosphere and to open up the discussion. Additionally, a mapping session will always be led by two researchers (Andrea & Priscilla); one will instruct the participants and facilitate the mapping process of writing down and gluing to the sheets of paper, the other will take notes and ask critical questions about the ongoing discussion.

Report UseWell kickoff meeting

Posted by Selina Schepers on Tuesday March 2nd 2010 at 11:58

On Monday 22nd of February partners of Usewell met at the Media & Design Academy. It was the first chance for many of the partners to meet each other and to share their particular backgrounds, knowledge and interest in the area of research, design and innovation. The kick off meeting began with a presentation of the Usewell project concept. In her presentation, Liesbeth Huybrechts, UseWell research leader at the Media & Design Academy (C-MD), presented her research into existing illustrated models of  user-centred design strategies. This included visualisations created by the Belgian User-centred design consultancy Namahn, Liz Sander’s graphical interpretation of design research across various user-centred domains, Anne Nigten’s collaborative creative tool called The Patchingzone and tools such as Ideo’s method cards, the creativity tool created by the design and innovation consulting firm, IDEO.