IDSE203 Studio: Research and Synthesis

Name Quarter 1 (8 weeks) Quarter 2 (8 weeks) Quarter 3 (8 weeks) Quarter 4 (8 weeks)
Methods IDSE101
Design Research and Synthesis
IDSE201
Ethics in Design
IDSE301
Designing Systems
IDSE401
Product Management
Theory IDSE102
Design, Society and the Public Sector
IDSE202
Service Design
IDSE302
Storytelling in Design
IDSE402
Portfolio Development
Application IDSE103
Studio Foundation
IDSE203
Studio Research and Synthesis
IDSE303
Studio Ideation and Development
IDSE403
Studio Pilot Launch and Completion

About this course

This course represents the start of the students' 24-week Capstone endeavor. Students will gather data through qualitative methods of contextual research, analyze that data, and begin to identify trends, patterns, insights and opportunities for design.

Outcomes and competencies

The following outcome statements articulate the competencies, abilities, and skills a student will have as a result of completing this class. Students will...

  • Identify patterns and trends in the context of a particular large-scale social problem
  • Identify opportunities for interaction design solutions that can positively impact and affect human behavior on a large, social scale
  • Identify opportunities for business interventions based on research and synthesis
  • Begin to identify design constraints and parameters in which to build and prototype design solutions

Core concepts and ideas

This class emphasizes the following main ideas, themes, and concepts:

  • Design research, applied, in order to gain empathy and understand the human needs associated with a given social problem
  • Synthesis, applied, in order to manage complexity, identify patterns, formulate hypotheses, describe insights, and identify opportunities

Schedule

In classOut of class

10/26

Stakeholder Planning & Research

Introduction to Q2 Studio: Research and Synthesis

Client and Project Introduction

Internal team roles and responsibilities

Building a work plan

Build a research and ethnography plan [due - by Google Drive - Wednesday, 10/30].

Begin conducting research. Refine ethnographic plan and recruit participants. Conduct ethnography with various users and constituents. Spend as much time in the field as possible.

Post progress on the walls [due every Saturday morning].

11/2

Research

Due: Stories from the Field & Research Progress

Check-In Presentation (10 minutes per group)

Individual work plan reviews

Working class

Continue ethnography and foundational research. Spend as much time in the field as possible. Begin to document research (transcription). Begin to create affinity diagrams.

11/9

Research & Synthesis

Due: Stories from the Field & Research Progress

Check-In Presentation (10 minutes per group)

Working class

Continue transcription, begin theming, and prepare for client presentation.

11/16

Research & Synthesis

Due: Stories from the field to Clients

Client Workshop #1 (10 minutes per group)

Working class

Continue synthesis: refine themes, diagramming and forming initial insights.

11/23

Synthesis

Due: Service Slice & Draft Insights

Check-In Presentation (10 minutes per group)

Working class

Refine insights.

Prepare for client presentation.

*Sun*

12/1

Synthesis

Due: Draft Insights

Client Workshop #2 (10 minutes per group)

Working class

Combine selected insights from various groups and draft final presentation.

12/7

Synthesis

Due: Draft Final Presentation

Working class

Complete and practice draft final presentation.

12/14

Presentation

Final Presentations (Open to Public)

Sleep