Thursday, April 3, 2008

Immersion, Spring Semester -- Week 10

Becoming One with the Sticky Note

As we continue marching towards a semi-functional prototype of the VCC, we have embarked on an interesting phase in this abstract usage-centered design process – content modeling. It sounds like it would be concrete, doesn’t it? But Constantine & Lockwood like to keep things simple – abstract, but simple. How do you map content that begins to pave the way to the user interface without launching into visual design? With sticky notes, of course! To quote our instructor, using the sticky notes during the concept mapping process will allow us to brainstorm every sort of interaction possible and in every sort of combination. It also easily allows us to edit interactions where we see redundancies. It is exciting since I can see some patterns emerge that will be involved in global navigation and make up the backbone of the site. Constantine & Lockwood (1999) call the paper and Post-it note artifact that evolves through content mapping a “high fidelity abstract model” (p. 127). I have provided an example of our so-called “high fidelity” model above. Of course, now we are struggling with how we get feedback on our concept mapping, especially if we need to meet in another building on campus. Perhaps we need something like this …

Constantine, L. L., & Lockwood, L. (1999). Software for Use: A Practical Guide to the Methods of Usage-Centered Design. Reading, MA: Addison Wesley Longman, Inc.

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