User Experience: Big Picnic (2)

This year’s Big Picnic features a sculpture by Wendell Castle on exhibit for a limited time. We were inspired by Castle’s “10 Adopted Rules of Thumb” for our theme – Create Your Play.

  1. If you are in love with an idea, you are no judge of its beauty or value.
  2. It is difficult to see the whole picture when you are inside the frame.
  3. After learning the tricks of the trade, don’t think you know the trade.
  4. We see and apprehend what we already know.
  5. The dog that stays on the porch will find no bones.
  6. Never state a problem to yourself in the terms it was brought to you.
  7. If it’s offbeat or surprising then it’s probably useful.
  8. If you do not expect the unexpected, you will not find it.
  9. Don’t get too serious.
  10. If you hit the bullseye every time, then the target is probably too near.

Here is our updated process board and program sketches.

process board 4-4

User Experience: Service Design (1)

Hello internet!!!! Quick recap of the last couple weeks.

My UX group is designing an app that aids U.S. immigrants studying for the American citizenship test.

Background info:
The US citizenship test is comprised of two parts – what we are labelling “civics” and “english comprehension.” The first part of the exam (civics) involves a prompter verbally asking questions related to US government or history (ex: How many members are there in the Senate?) and the answer must be spoken back in English. During the second part of the exam (English comprehension), the test taker is given a short story, usually no longer than one page, and is required to read and answer questions on the material. This section is at a basic, elementary level of reading and understanding.
*Basic eligibility – must be over the age of 18. If you are under 18 and your parents become US citizens, you are automatically granted citizenship. Must have lived in the US for 5+ years.

User Persona #1:
Gabriel – 19 years old
student at Arizona State University – business management
language: Spanish and English
lived in US for 15 years
needs to review civics material quickly and on the go

User Persona #2:
Lucy – 35 years old
stay at home mom
language: Mandarin and English
lived in US for 6 years
needs to learn English writing skills, review some civics

User Persona #3:
Carlos – 68 years old
day factory line worker
language: Spanish
lived in US for 16 years
not familiar with technology
needs to learn civics and reading/writing in English


User map:

Research visualization:


My videos for Narrative this semester have revolved around the idea of the subconscious affecting our behavior. My two main ideas for my final video are below. Top 2: A comparison between the left/right sides of the brain and the use of type/image to correspond. Bottom 2: A screen recording of myself making connections between words, while various clips move in the background to see if any of my connections can be related to them.


The final ended up going with the idea on the right. Here are some stills from the completed video. Before this project I would not have EVER tried making videos or even opening the Premiere program. Definitely pushed me outside my comfort zone.



Lexicon: the vocabulary of a person, language, or branch of knowledge.

The topic I was exploring for my lexicon was how the subconscious mind affects behavior. For the final format, I chose two seemingly-distant terms, one from the subconscious and one from behavior, and compared how these words were related.

Neuroscience: the scientific study of the nervous system.
Urbanization: the population shift from rural to urban areas, and the ways in which each society adapts to the change.

I was able to make a lot of connections (…pun intended) between the ways neurons are connected and send messages with the ways humans are connected through their communities and living environments.

Also sorry these pics are trash I actually live in a dark cave.