Design for the Here and the Now

Course reflection

During the elective Design for the Here and the Now, we focused on designing not only for the mind but for a human being as a whole. We had to make a new prototype every week that improved on the previews iteration. To do this we were given two frameworks to ‘test’ and improve the experience of our design.

As a first-year student I don’t have a lot, or almost no, experience with a design process. This meant that the frameworks handed to us were rather vague in the beginning. With that, I also had trouble applying them in our design process. It was only until the end of the course that I started to understand the frameworks, frogger mostly, and had an idea of how to apply them. This quartile showed me two ways to tackle a design problem. One was the very systematic approach shown in User Centered Design, the other one was the more open-minded, framework based, approach thought in this elective. Using both methods simultaneously showed me that I have a strong preference for the approach provided in this course.

In the beginning of the course, I felt that we as a group were not making as much progress as we could, in my idea we were a week behind. This idea came from the fact that we hadn’t really changed much between prototype one and two. However, as the course progressed it turned out that our group was one of the few that was still working on their original idea. This meant that we had more iterations then most other groups. Because of this we could focus more on the details which greatly improved our design.

I feel that in our group we really complimented each other. We all have our own skills, and that really helped our process. We saw each other at least twice a week, and one of our meetings always took place at Zwart Wit koffie. This strengthened the relationship with the Barista’s from ZW, who have been very involved in the entire process, and helped us out a lot, and within the group itself.

To conclude, I have become very interested in the frogger framework, and my goal is to use it in my future design processes. It feels very natural to me because it provides a framework other than a step by step guide. This creates a more natural interaction.
I feel that I have been too hard on our progress in the previews reflection because overall we made a lot of progress and I am very pleased with the design. We could have made more progress at the beginning of the course, but that is something that will come with experience and a better understanding of using the tools at our disposal.
Having a strong relationship with your ‘client’ can really help you to get a better understanding of what you are designing, and who you are designing for.