Brief: A design agency has commissioned you to design and develop an innovative international student community app (device non-specific, for the purposes of this task). we should be engaged to design a simple cultural probe.
Notes: create CONCEPT for two different probes that could be used to gather data form the target user groups.
Before I started to do research, I think about cultural probe and different probe designs.
and used myself as an example of someone who are international students to consider what we think and what we do.
The initial probe succeeded in allowing us to learn more about how the illness has affected the participant both physically and emotionally, easing questions and creating a rapport with individuals even before meeting them to further discuss the information, helping to minimise ambiguity. We found that some participants were happy to express sensitive information on paper, but that they found it difficult to discuss this with us in person; the probes therefore helped us to gain richer data and greater understanding. We also found that giving a treat, e.g. a chocolate bar along with tasks, was a way of thanking them, but also encouraging them to take their time. The paper format also gives flexibility to contribute more on some questions and avoid others that they may not wish to discuss.
off-line:probe1:There are some Noticeboard in student’s Halls (Mayflower Halls). I think it is a great way to present some news and gather data.
on-line:probe2: As a international student, we always are curious about the major and the hometown of other students.
such as “where are you from?” and” what is your major?”
It is a good way to find classmates and townsmen。