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Mockup Review

background, key review elements, grading, logistics, results

Background
The review takes place during the evening on the date indicated in the class schedule.

The goal of the review is to inform classmates and instructors about the key challenges related to your section's two leading design concepts, and how these challenges will be resolved. The concepts are typically an adaptation of the team's 6 concepts in the sketch model review, but a section might try different concept(s) based upon what they have learned so far.

If there are open issues this is a good opportunity to obtain input and suggestions before fully committing to detailed development. The mockup concepts will also be posted on a crowd-sourcing platform to obtain feedback from a large number of real, potential users.

You will use feedback from this review to decide which final concept will be pursued by your team for the technical review. The experience will also help you learn how to present technical challenges and solutions in a design review.

Examples of functional and visual mockups are on the right. You can also view mockups from other years in the gallery (select a project and then click on the mockups tab). The communication instructors have also prepared guidelines for effective mockup presentations.

Video of your presentations will be made available on the course web site.

Key review elements
The review is comprised of two components: a short, structured presentation to the entire class (slides only), and a less-structured question-and-answer session in the Pappalardo lab (working with the mockups). The presentation should focus on issues that are both potentially high-risk and critical to the concepts.

Each section will present technical or visual mockups and drawings of their two concepts, focusing on illustrating the overall concepts, technical feasibility/operational principles of critical systems, preliminary product contracts, and user/product interaction (additional information is in the review logistics).

Grading
The mockup review contributes to a portion of your section-wide grade. All course instructors will participate in the review process but your lab instructors determine your grade.

Key grading criteria are:

  • degree of resolution on critical issues/risks
  • evolution of the design concept since the last review and your design process
  • usefulness and effectiveness of the mockups and other models

After you have received written feedback via email from instructors, complete your milestone reflection in your design notebook.

Please review the detailed presentation logistics carefully.
See results of mockup review.