IAD Process Week 2 – Idea Transfers


After an interesting Design Methodology lesson about prototyping, we were asked to create a prototype, made out of everyday objects and garbage in 1.5h. Since we had not decided what our final project should be, we were struggling to find an idea for a prototype. After one hour and 15 minutes of arguing what we should build, we decided to create some sort of „emergency-prototype“ which displays our interests, and what we would like to observe.

We made a cardboard box with a tiny door and multiple paper balls with different sizes. This was an extremely abstract form to display people (paper balls) and certain societies, which were separated by a door that was not big enough for all the paper balls to fit through.


Nicole gave an input on narrowing down our ideas. We used a method which contained a coordinate system with two axes, that we could name ourselves. We chose acceptance and usability, to sort our ideas.

We chose two ideas from the coordinate system. After that, we collected more than a dozen questions to our ideas we chose.


Vinzenz decided to try to do some research on giving feedback or feedback:
When is feedback necessary and when is it better not to give feedback? What is the best way to convey feedback? etc.

Michael concentrated on the idea of technology, that supports our consciousness. He informed himself about AR and similar ideas:
What rules could be conveyed by such a system? Are we dissociating ourselves, when we create a device, which reduces non-verbal misunderstandings?

To each of our ideas we created a poster with pictures how our piece of technology could work, a goal we wanted to reach and a slogan of our product. Vinzenz’ goal was to enhance conversation, to be honest, and to lower the effort critique. He thought that people (at least in Switzerland) are not longer showing their emotions and it would help if we share critique more often.

For the presentation of Friday, we had to make a video which should contain the highlights of the last two weeks.
Also, we did our first plan what we want to reach with our projects. So we made an “Action Plan” which contained the very first concepts, the goal we want to achieve with it, what people we need for this, obstacles we’ll face and things we need.


On Friday we presented our ideas and tried to show, what progress we have made in Week two. Joëlle gave us the advice to proceed our progress, and try to focus more on one idea, which we then should research more. She missed the related work in our presentation. Which we then decided to do more intense in week three.

Key lessons of the week

If you understand the people/users and their problems well, you’ll lose yourself quite fast in many ideas you have which can be frustrating. There are a few very good techniques to find out in which direction you should work. They really help!