Spectrum Project – Week 2/3 Update
Week 2 flew by rather quickly, but we did manage to accomplish quite a lot.
Firstly, we landed an interview with participant 1. They provided a lot of useful insights and pointed us toward some great secondary research materials.
We rapidly prototyped a cultural probe using a small journal and post-it notes. While it was simple, we received a lot of good feedback on the quality of the provocations and the form factor. Ultimately we decided that giving participants room to write trumped the portability of a small notebook. In a stroke of brilliance, Chelsea brought her rare talent to the fore and taught me how to bind a book from scratch.
After we made 5, we realized that the process, while handcrafted and personal, doesn’t scale well. So we also created a site on Squarespace and made both an email signup and survey via Google Docs.
Toward the end of the week, we made contact with a transgender support group in Austin. They were incredibly open, welcoming, and very supportive our research.
This week we have a few interviews lined up and are continuing to make contact with the community. Tomorrow will be a focused effort to contact homeless shelters and the Austin Police Department to learn of their policies regarding transgender people.