DRLAB_Header-Tools_Concept-design-scenario_ENG_20200727

Concept design scenario


Concept design scenario

Tool that describes a narration, generally set in the future, of a user's experience with a service. It allows you to view significant details of the experience by creating empathy with a design idea. In fact, the purpose of a scenario is to make the project ideas explicit and concrete in order to understand how a service will be used in the future.The compilation of the design scenario, which should be carried out from the point of view of a specific user, or personas of reference, follows the sequence of interactions necessary for the execution of an activity. Scenarios can include context and circumstance information that causes the user to interact with the service.

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Instructions for using the template

Premise. On post-its or on a separate sheet, identify the objectives and actions necessary to achieve them. Also write down the questions the protagonist might ask himself during the actions performed.

1. Indicate the project title. Indicate the protagonist/actor, or the persona profile that will be the protagonist of the actions described in the story.

2. Describe the scene through a visualization (e.g. photos, collage, sketches).

3. Describe the same scene through a complementary text that highlights further information and specifics of the story.

N.B. In each scene you must show: elements with which the protagonist interacts; mainfeatures of the context that determines the experience on the basis of project objectives. Repeat points 2 and 3 for each scene.

N.B. The protagonist can be drawn from the persona profiles or can express features of a hypothetical user if there isn’t more detailed data.

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DRLAB_Header-Tools_Design-ethnography-plan_ENG_20200727

Design ethnography plan


Design ethnography plan

This template has been designed to support the planning of design ethnography activities, i.e. actions for observing users in their normal environments. It is based on ethnography and gives preference to empathy with users in the project context.

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Instructions for using the template

1. Indicate the project title.

2. Indicate the research question that will guide the whole exploration process.

3. Indicate the context for observation.

4. Choose an approach: immersive, non-intrusive or participatory, through which to follow the observation. Indicate the way in which the observer will note and gather required data
(notebook, video, sound recordings, etc).

5. Define an ethical line to follow during the observation and in the following phases. Plan any permits or information necessary to explore the context anonymously or to interact with it, define who the permissions should be requested from, who will take care of them, to whom they will be subjected.

6. Indicate the typology of interviews used for select people, their specificities in relation to the research question, after having observed the context. The interviews can be non-structured or semi-structured. Indicate the minimum number of interviews required, the time dedicated to each of them and the tools necessary for the interview (notebook, sound recording, video, etc).

7. Define how the collected data will be sorted, cataloged and archived, and the relative support to be used (PC, Drive, files etc.).

8. Indicate how the gathered data will be read and analysed, and what results and outputs are desired for the conclusion of the exploration.

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DRLAB_Header-Tools_Insight-matrix_ENG_20200727

Insight Matrix


Insight matrix

Matrix for collecting and exploring themes inherent to the project context. A tool that works according to the logic of a matrix, carried out on the basis of information provided by the working group in the explorative phase during activities such as brainstorming. A useful tool for facilitating discussions in a divergent phase.

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Instructions for using the template

1. Indicate the project title.

2. Note the initial question that guides the first phase of brainstorming in the first column to the left.

3. Note the replies, ideas and comments that emerged in the brainstorming phase in the central column.

4. Repeat the same actions for the second brainstorming question and the related responses.

5. Note intuitions in the right column, reflecting on the replies obtained through the whole brainstorming session.

N.B: If the brainstorming sessions have to respond to a range of questions, repeat the matrix.

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DRLAB_Header-Tools_Personas_ENG_20200727

Personas


Personas

Representative profile of a particular group of people, such as a market segment, a group of users, or any group of stakeholders. The profile is not a stereotype but an archetype based on real research; even if the figure itself is fictional, this helps to identify groups with similar needs and behaviour.

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Instructions for using the template

1. Indicate the project title. Indicate the stakeholder group to which the profile belongs.

2. Make a drawing or insert a photograph that represents the profile, avoiding the use of images that refer to prejudices of gender, ethnicity or stereotypes.

3. Assign a name to the profile that reflects the following features:
- it immediately suggests a cultural and social context of reference
- it indicates a feature or key quality of the profile and immediately connects to astakeholder group

4. Write a motto or a quotation that helps sum up the attitude of the profile in a single sentence.

5. Describe the profile through features that can show personality, habit, interest, particular skills, needs, expectations, motivations, frustrations or backgrounds of the persona. Include details important for context and goals.

6. Describe problems and difficulties, desires or ambitions of the profile in relation to context and goals. Assign each of the indications a relative value according to its importance or impact.

N.B. Be careful not to fall into stereotypes.

N.B. The number of personas profiles should be proportionate to the type of project and therefore to the type and quantity of data available from previous research phases. Specifically, the number of profiles generated depends on the heterogeneity of the characteristics of the users on which a specific project is focused. In general, and also based on the number of people in the project team, with more than six personas profiles, it is difficult to distinguish and memorize the different characteristics of the individual profiles effectively.

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DRLAB_Header-Tools_Problem-tree_ENG_20200727

Problem tree


Problem tree

Diagram that maps problems and locates issues according to relations of cause and effect, activating discussion and identifying the issues which require strategic intervention.

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Instructions for completing the form

Premise: Start with those problems that the working group knows well.

1. Write the project title and the reference systems that is analyzed with the tool.

2. List the main problems identified in the reference system, noting their definition in the central row. Note the least sustainable problems on the left, along with the apparently unmanageable problems and those dependent on an external force; on the right put those problems perceived as more sustainable.

3. Starting from the central row, note below the causes of the main problems already identified, putting them on two levels according to the dynamics of cause and effect. A note of warning: it’s useful to use post-its at this point so you can move the problems around adapting them to the dynamics of cause and effect in accordance with the development of your reflections.

4. Beginning with the central row, note above the effects and consequences of the main problems already identified, organizing them on two levels according to the dynamics of cause and effect. Again, it’s advisable to use post-its to adapts the words to the dynamics.

N.B. Using post-its helps the development of mapping by making our understanding of the problems practicable and modifiable, both in terms of the where they belong in terms of causes rather than effects, as well as their level of sustainability and potential solutions.

N.B. When you known the effects of a problem that has still not been entirely defined, it can be useful to use the tool by starting from the effect rows and slowly moving downwards – always according to a logic of cause and effect – while trying to identify the causes of those effects. After this operation you can then identify the problem in the central row more precisely, and understand how sustainable is the problem.

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DRLAB_Header-Tools_Prototyping-template_ENG_20200727

Prototyping plan


Prototyping plan

This tool allows you to design guidelines for creating prototypes of design ideas. The template defines the steps to follow to obtain a prototype that represents a more or less tangible component of a service to create a first experiential form of the service itself. Filling in the form helps the team in designing the prototype

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Instructions for using the template

1. Indicate the project title.

2. Define the question that guides the prototyping.

3. Define the object for prototyping, which might mean a whole service or just a part. This can be an experience or a process, of physical objects or products, contexts or spaces,software or digital products, or even systems.

4. Indicate the resources available for prototyping. These include: economic resources, materials, places, people and data known to the project at the centre of the prototyping.

5. Structuring the actions of each prototype construction phase. At this point keep in mind:
- the choice of context, actors, techniques
- how to use the chosen materials and at what level of fidelity and detail to develop the prototype
- which tools to use for data collection (e.g. photographs, videos)
- how to collect, store and analyze data and feedback.

6. Define the results that needs to be obtained according to the question and the prototyping goal.