Thesis: Storyboarding + 100 Concepts

Over break, our thesis team of Sophie, Meg and I, have worked on refining our design principles, sketching and concepting 100+ ideas, voting and and choosing our top four ideas to storyboard user scenarios. If you missed our Q2 presentations, here is the link to all 3 of them, thanks to David Bill.

Our insights at the end of Q2 presentations were:

  1. At all costs, keep it together.
  2. Refugee parents treat their children like house guests.
  3. Survivors of abuse rationalize mistreatment because it’s incomparable to the trauma their parents went through.

Insights (inferences about human behavior based on research) lead to actionable design criteria (principles that allow for focused concepting). Our refined design criteria are as follows.

In order for our design/product/service to be successful, it must:

  1. Empower methods of having deeper conversations within immigrant families.
  2. Create incremental checkpoints of accomplishment, that motivate members of immigrant families to share openly and honestly.
  3. Foster emotional resilience through action.

Our team generated 100+ concepts and will continue to ideate and storyboard many, many, many concepts that rise to the top of our voting system. Here are some examples of concept sketches done for each post-it you see on the above black board.

As you can imagine, concepts inform a broad range of impact. In addition, we will be sharing tomorrow our 4 storyboards of user scenarios.

Our first is DailyShare, an app that has daily prompts, inspiring users to answer and share personal questions through drawing, acting, video, and commenting. Each week, there will be a new theme that users are working with. For our storyboard, the user is answering prompts based on the theme of Gratitude.

Our second storyboard is inspired by Humans of New York, and would be a collection focused on refugee stories.

Our third storyboard is a cooking therapy service that utilizes meal sharing as ways to prompt tough conversations.

Our fourth storyboard is a box of prompts that encourage vulnerable sharing between family members.

Looking forward to sharing many more storyboarding weeks.

With respect,

Sophie, Meg, & Sarah

*Written by Sarah Lum