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Capturing the Interaction Design Thesis Process

Open House at SVA’s MFA in Interaction Design program seemed like it was only yesterday. I remember feeling my heart pound out of my chest after hearing Liz inform the audience that students would have to give their final thesis presentations in a theater in front of hundreds of people. I think she even showed a slide of the theater itself (or it could be my memory just messing with me).

Presenting on stage with a slider clicker and a mic (Photo Cred: Kristin Graefe)

Presenting on stage with a slide clicker and a mic (Photo Cred: Kristin Graefe)

On May 5th, after countless days of practicing my presentation in front of a mirror, on the phone (to prevent awkward stares from other pedestrians), in the shower, and in front of friends, I got up on stage and did my 7 minute (a lot longer than it sounds) presentation. I would typically place a link of the video to the presentation here, but it’s still being edited. Open IXD presentations. now available. Fortunately, I do have the process capture document available.

Rather than having you (if you choose to) click through all the thesis blog posts that I’ve accumulated from the past year and a half, I’ve compiled and summarized it all onto one page (link below). The document consists of the following sections:

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Thesis and Purpose Statement
  • Audience Definition
  • Diverge, Converge, Repeat
  • Questions, Answers, Insight
  • Competitive Review
  • Prototyping
  • User Journeys
  • Requirements
  • Design Evolution
  • Final Design
  • Looking Back
  • Reference List

Ok, enough talking, here’s the link: Story Forest Process Capture Document.

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  • 17 May 2011

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