Inspired by the participatory design research work of Liz Sanders and MakeTools, we organized a brainstorming and prototyping session to create tools to use in our own participatory research and rapid prototyping sessions. Mekayla developed a process for us to follow, and Lindsay provided the space! Our process for developing the methods/tools:
- Brainstorm: what is this for?
- Brainstorm: what does it need to do / enable
- Brainstorm: what should it include
- Buy / Make / Create
A few photos from our brainstorms:
The scenarios Mekayla and Lindsay developed to help guide our prototyping and testing:
|Describe your experience with online dating||Descriptive||
|Come up with a new way of determining which grant proposals move forward||Generative||
|Imagine your ideal pre-natal experience||Generative||
We did some rapid prototyping of the first scenario with simple paper materials and ourselves as the testers (unfortunately I didn't talk any photos), but we are still working to prototype and test other methods/tools we came up with. I will be posting the progress we make over the next couple months and what we learn along the way. We hope this will be an on-going and open conversation about what is working, and what needs to be iterated on--stay tuned!