Professor Jim Hollan, Cognitive Science Department, Cognitive Science Department, UC San Diego
The Cognitive Design Studio is a project-based course where students work in teams to design and evaluate a prototype application or redesign an existing system. Within this rapid contextual design project students conduct customer interviews and run interpretation sessions. Initial testing helped organize data highlighting key issues, envisioning new solutions, storyboarding, and paper prototyping to iterate the design.
Our team spent 8 weeks researching a new photo sharing system, Groupfoto, an app that helps users group photos from any event in one place. After preliminary interviews and scope narrowing, our recommendation was to do away completely with a preliminary tutorial and instead convey the critical use cases in a more contextual manner for new users. Usability testing, contextual interviews, affinity boarding, personas, and visioning boards assisted us in developing our final prototype design. We recreated an integrated tutorial that provides first time users contextual information within the app itself.