The effect of sound on the engagement with a donation station near a coffee machine
- Date:October 16, 2016
- Categorie:Field research
For me constructive design research could help me investigate my identity better. Do I like to focus on research or is it just a part I really like in the design process? In previous projects I noticed that I spend a lot of time on field research. I think the context is really important for a design to succeed. The context has a great influence on how a product is experienced and used. That is why for this course I wanted to learn more about field research.
In preparing for the test we made some guidelines about what to observe, but I learned to also take into account unexpected interactions and events. The observation should not be totally closed off from other unexpected interesting observations. During the tests we tried out some sounds and also varied the time the sound is played. We should have made a structured plan for when to make these changes and why we would make these changes. Because the road to your results is not a straight road, it will have some curves. But you should explain why it made these curves. In this research we prepared by doing a pilot test, this was really beneficial to our tests. Because it gave us a chance to adapt the location of the probe, the time of observations and the contexts which we wanted to observe. I noticed that in previous field studies I did for my projects, I did not have a pilot test. A pilot test can increase the quality of the test significantly.
During the tests I learned to go into depth, it is important to ask questions about the answers users give in interviews. If you get an answer about what they thought, you could ask ‘why?’. Also,I learned that documenting the tests with video material was really useful. Because there were so many interactions, some interactions would be missed which could be observed in the video.
In this course I took every chance in presenting, because this gave me a better understanding of our process. During the contact hours I learned that using a demonstrators in your presentation can be really effective to get your story accross.
And finally, I learned the difference between lab, field and showroom. I know that I could use lab research to test really specific parts of my design and field to test several aspects of the design and how the design and user would be influenced by the environment. In these two forms of research the focus lies on getting answer to a design question to improve your design. I noticed that showroom has a lot of similarities with field research in the aspect of the test method. However the result you want to get out of the research are really different. With showroom you want to create a discussion with your results, paying attention to controversial subjects. But with field research the focus lies more on the design itself and this design should result in potential design answers. I came to the conclusion that I really like to use field research in future projects. But I also got to know that I would not only like to focus on research, but use this research in the design process.