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Monthly Method Spotlight: Contextual Inquiry

Contextual Inquiry

When/why: Contextual inquiries are more natural and sometimes more realistic as a result. They are also usually less formal and don’t use tasks or scripts.

How: Researchers watch & listen as users work in the user’s own environment instead of a lab.

Tips: Contextual inquiry can be combined with any number of other UX methods.

Interested in using/applying these methods in your work? Contact us for more info.

Monthly Method Spotlight: Cultural Probes

Cultural Probes

When/why: To compare perceptions and behaviors within or across cultures.

How: Assemble a journal kit or even better a camera journal kit and distribute to participants within 1 or across many cultures.

Tips: See cross-cultural comparison and camera journal research methods.

Interested in using/applying these methods in your work? Contact us for more info.

Monthly Method Spotlight: We Want To Know

feedbackA few years ago, we started a new series Monthly Method Spotlight where each month we focused on one people-centered method that you may find helpful for your work. We use these methods for various projects to develop, implement, and/or evaluate.

As per our usual What, When/Why and How in our Monthly Method Spotlight series, we want to know –

  • What methods have you used in your work?
  • When/why did you use those methods?
  • How did you use those methods?
  • How did it go? Would you use those methods again?

 

Monthly Method Spotlight: Long-Range Forecast

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When/why: Think about the future and its implications in order to anticipate behavior changes of users. Predicting these changes can help guide design decisions

How:  Write up a description of how social and/or technological trends might influence people in the future.

Tips: This can be combined with other methods. For example, long-range forecast, with a user’s current behavioral archaeology to demonstrate how a new technology may alter the user’s placement, wear patterns, and organization of places & things.

Interested in using/applying these methods in your work? Contact us for information.

Monthly Method Spotlight: Blind Writing

Blind Writing

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When/why:

  • When you’ve hit a road block.
  • When no ideas come to mind.

How: Write for 10 minutes. The only rule is that you have to keep writing even if it seems like you are writing nonsense.

Tips: Keep it open; meaning don’t try to categorize or steer your writing in any way. Sometimes the solution to a problem starts with the most far-fetched idea.

Interested in using/applying these methods in your work? Contact us for information.