This analysis will provide you with the opportunity to assess and suggest improvements for an interactive exhibit or device intended for public use. It will develop skills that should be applied when you explore ideas for the course project. Additionally, you will gain experience designing and making web pages —you will be creating an interactive user experience for your analysis of an interactive experience!
The analysis is a significant portion of the grade and is expected to be thoughtful and professional. If you have not already done so, you may want to read the PVR use-analysis example before starting. There are also examples from previous years (example 1, example 2).
Decide on what interactive exhibit or device you want to analyze. Ideally, the device would potentially have a fairly diverse range of users. You might consider something that is pertinent to the project.
Analyze the user-experience
Perform secondary research related to the exhibit or product to develop an understanding of who it is intended for, the functions it is intended to provide, and the desired user experience.
Observe the use of, ask users about, and personally experience the interactive exhibit or device. Who uses it and how? What is the experience like? What does or does not work? Do people want something different?
Consider the entire use process. Taking pictures and video can be very valuable.
Do an improvement analysis
Use what you have learned to suggest the two most critical aspects that are in need of redefinition or improvement. Propose preliminary design solutions.
Prepare your report
Describe: the exhibit or product; the prioritized, key needs it is intended to fulfill; and the planned user experience.
Contrast this information with the observational and experiential data that you have collected.
Provide a rationale for your proposed improvements and describe them.
Compose your analysis in the form of a web page or series of web pages. The report should be no longer than the equivalent of 5 'normal' printed pages.
Present your findings in a professional, easy to comprehend fashion. Any type of media may be used in the report if it benefits communication. Reference your information sources.
If you need web-authoring software, please see our recommendations (check well before March 3!). We will be providing in intro to making websites in class, and we have prepared a short dreamweaver tutorial for 2.744, and an even shorter dreamweaver quick start. MIT also has a reference guide for web publishing.
Please see the submission instructions for additional tips on how to structure your web pages.
Curious? Check the results!