People Interact

Blog about people-centered design by Lisa Chow and Sandra Sajonas.

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Monthly Method Spotlight: Unfocus Group

unfocus/focusgroupUNFOCUS GROUP

What: Unfocus Group

When/why: This method is a great way to encourage creative and diverse contributions from potential users. Assembling a disparate group of individuals opens up new possibilities and ideas.

How: Example scenario -You are creating a new young adult space in the library.

Rather than focusing on just the prime users (teens), create an unfocus group to chime in on the the new space. Maybe include a parent, an adult library patron, a librarian, a custodian, a library community partner, etc.

Tips: To avoid digressions, make the sessions productive by being goal-oriented. Each session can focus on one goal. For example, one session can explore furniture layout and should have 1-2 potential floor plans by the end of the session.

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



Presumptuous LinkedIn


Imagine my surprise when I recently received this email from LinkedIn.

Sandra, we noticed you haven’t visited Job Skills for Future Library Careers lately. To help keep your email tidy, we’ve unsubscribed you from this group’s digests – we hope this suits you better!

I feel very violated. This is akin to my teenage years with Mom taking the liberty to clean my room & throwing out “junk” because she thinks she’s helping keep things “tidy”.

Well LinkedIn, it does not suit me better and I prefer email digest because I’m too busy to be present and active on Linkedin everyday.

So in the future, if you please, don’t be so presumptuous.