Wed 15.1 – Personas, Scenarios, Use Cases

Today we will continue to work in A447:

  • 10.00 Opening team blogs and writing  1st post – a short description of the project idea
  • 10.30 Lecture on Personas, Scenarios and Use Cases
  • 11.00 Team work – create 3 posts:
    • Post 1, Persona– Determine 1 primary persona for your project; combine a bio with his/her picture, short bio, short problem centred story and main goals (3-5).
    • Post 2, Scenario – Write a scenario (a activity centred story) where your persona interacts with your  solution. Tip: try to avoid words like “clicks”, “selects a calendar” and “opens a new window”, use more general verbs instead.
    • Post 3, Use Cases – Pick use cases from the previous scenario. Concentrate on most complex and less obvious stories. 
User Story template: 
As a (persona/role/"user"), I want to do (what), so I can (achieve what).

Photos from the brainstorming


Tuesday 14.1 – Ideas

Schedule for today

  • 10.00 Zahhar’s presentation on technological trends
  • 10.30
    • Idea round
    • Forming teams
    • Opening project blog
    • First post: “About” – project concept


Update. Couple of photos from yesterday 🙂

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Monday 13.1 – Introduction

Welcome to our workshop!

Today we saw presentations from Zahhar (coffee machine, Phidgets), Ilya and Daria (Touch the Exchange, mTLU), Mati (Eye-tracker) and Valeria. See you tomorrow for brainstorming, team forming and starting your project blog! 🙂

Our schedule for today

  • 10.00- Meeting in front of T-217 (Terra-building)
  • 10.30- Presentations in Ooas (cafeteria on the ground floor of Astra building)
    • Zahhar’s demonstrations
    • Ilya and Darja introduce “Touch the Exchange” -project
  • 11.00- Project demo continues in university’s Library
  • 12.00- in A-447 (Astra building)
    • Ilya describes “mTLU” project
    • Mati showcases an Eye-tracker
    • Zahhar tells us about new technology trends
    • Valeria briefs about interaction design
  • 12.50 Recap and “homework”

IxD is in the air…

Warm welcome to our participants of Winter School, Experimental Interaction Design -workshop.

Detailed schedule and first day’s slides will be uploaded here soon.

We will meet on Monday 13th of January at 10AM near the Winter School room T217 (Terra-building, second floor). Here are few useful links:
See you soon!
Kind regards,
Valeria Gasik
Daria Tokranova
Zahhar Kirillov
P.S . As an appertizer, here is an interesting talk for you to explore:

Day 10: Final Presentations and TV-Tower Trip

Today we had final presentations and all teams did great!

The amount of work they managed to do in only 10-days period was quite impressive and all applications have promising future ahead if they will be developed further.

Once everybody had posters (Taxi Price Calc, PrezziesFinder, My Bus Stop App) and certificates in their hands we moved to the fun part of the course — Tallinn TV Tower Trip! You can tell we had some amazing time just by looking at the photos below 🙂

Day 9: Wrap-up

Tan-tan-taa! Last day of work.

Today we will do all the final touches for our projects. To do:

  1. Test your prototype with 2 people outside this course
  2. Make any needed changes
    1. If changes are too big to be made, write about them in your blog
    2. Do the final touch-ups for your prototype
      e.g. add an app logo or a splash screen
  3. Finish your poster (with an app logo) – it will be printed tonight

Tomorrow we will see your presentation. Please show:

  1. your blog (project on the screen) and your poster (on a wall)
    1. tell about your design process; what you did on each day
    2. what was easy/difficult; what challenges you had
    3. what did you learned
  2. a demo with your app – how it would be used

We have around 20 min for each of the presentations.

And at 12:00 we will take you to TV-tower 🙂

Day 8: Finishing me-fi prototypes

Today all three teams were concentrated on finishing up their me-fi prototypes and as well started with composing posters for final presentation.

Tomorrow is a big day: we’re finishing posters and sending those to be printed out and also getting the projects tested in the wild! All three teams have to go outside the classrooms and find a person who knows nothing about their application, in order to check if there’s any problems with usability or UI in their application. 


Day 7: UI Design and posters

On Tuesday we’re continuing with polishing prototypes using and starting to compose posters for presentations as well as thinking about visual side of the projects — User Interface and overall aesthetics.

10 Graphic Design Tips for Non-Designers

As well as about logo and project’s identity.

Logo Design in 7 Steps.

Day 5: Lo-fi Prototype Testing

We will run simple usability test sessions and service walkthroughs for rapid paper prototypes.

Usability tests – During the usability tests participants will be executing task given by the organizers and thinking out loud about their actions. For the test you would need a participant, a facilitator who gives instructions and tasks, an observer who writes notes and a “computer” who reacts to user’s commands.

On simple testing

Testing with kids

Creative usage of paper

Usability test script, Steven Krug

A simple walk-through

Specify the background for the task and walk through your design, explaining your actions as you go. Other stakeholders can ask questions and suggest corrections. This type of “demo with feedback” works well for familiar situations such as typing and sending a simple comment message.

Augusta tests example prototype


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