Data Rep Cupcake Testing Process
The series of videos of cupcake testing are for my Data Representation final preparation. I ran a “Taste Test” for my Data Representation planned final.
For my final, I plan to bake the increments of the Happiness Index into cupcakes. Each cupcake represents a different country. Its sweetness is mapped to that country’s position on the Happiness Index.
I did a test run and baked cupcakes with three variants of sweetness.
My users could taste the differences and understood the concept.
It will be a little more light-spirited and less obvious when I bake countries that only have minute, granular differences in sugar. I plan to use a dry-weight scale so that I can be precise.
Then, I will display the cupcakes in a clear display case in the position of the spot in the Index— making a physical graph of the Happiness Index.
Rocker Testing Process
In this exercise for User Experience Design, I chose to test a physical product to understand how different people might react to my idea.
The idea was adding rockers to the bottom of a typical school chair.
The questions I had in mind were the following— I have inserted the answers I found through observation:
Are people curious enough to approach me and ask if they can use the product?
- Many people stopped and asked to sit in the chair.
How do people respond to different placements of the rocker on the chair— farther forward, farther backward?
- I designed the rocker with holes on the top so that I could move it along the rocker and then use zip-ties to strap it tightly to the chair’s leg in the desired position. Thus I could use the “Rapid Iterative Testing Evaluation” style that the Undercover User Experience book describes.
- After each person tried the chair, they made recommendations on the rocker placement to enhance the experience and I shifted the rockers along for the next person.
- The result was a rocker that had about 1/7th of a tip in the front and the rest in the back.
How comfortable or wary are people given the current design of the rocker / chair connection?
- The first and third user were surprisingly comfortable from the beginning.
- The second user was wary at first, not sure “Can I get into it?” and then over the course of a minute grew more comfortable until he was rocking quickly.
What suggestions do you have?
- Spot for the feet to rest.
- Perhaps a longer overall rocker.
Proposal for a music application for the IRC.
- How can we celebrate the cultures the IRC nourishes and protects?
- And in the process, learn more about the countries whose music we love
IRC International Music App
- Donate a song
- Share a song: after you get it, you can send it to a friend as a gift on facebook or other networks
- Add more to your donation beyond initial song fee
- Learn more about the IRC’s work in the specific country of your song
First mockup for IRC mobile app.
Things to improve:
Donating moment / buttons
Ability to find out more info about these regions
Things I am pleased with:
Inherently useful for a mobile phone
Want to play music. Want to give to a good cause. Want to play international music!
Katherine’s brief included the directive that I hope to get further on:
"Ensure the experience is responsive to the user’s needs, interests and expectations."