Monday, February 06, 2006

Questions, questions and more questions

Looking back at the interview and posed questions, I'm begining to think we've developed tunnel as to the projects goals, when we really should be open to new idea all the way through.

We're also making quite alot of final decisions already on a very small ammount of research within the intended user group. This will ultimately push the project in the wrong direction, ie a product tailored to a specific individuals needs rather than a device that can be used by the majority. Though specialisation is not a bad thing and something to consider further down the line I think we need to take a step back and do some more ground work based around existing products.

We should look at coming up with a general questionaire that can be distributed easily en masse or put up on a website for a large number of people to fill out. I've noticed this from a number of groups and it seems the best way to obtain a good range of info.


At 06 February, 2006 15:43, Blogger Daniel Trimm said...

how exactly are we going to find a target audience? I mean we have a very specific set of people to contact and getting a wide range of opinions for product design could take a lot more time than we have. I also do not want to contact places such as the School of Blind in Harborne without something solid for them to discuss.

At 06 February, 2006 15:48, Blogger ToxicFire said...

Well, when primary research isn't an option or the target audience is available. We should turn to secondry research, im sure there are plenty of studies, questionaires, surveys that have already been done. Best place to go for references to this kind of material is RNIB

At 08 February, 2006 00:26, Blogger Daniel Trimm said...

i'd just like to point out here that:

a)this was one interview with someone who mark had previously discussed our idea with so it was pointless trying to be open and vague regarding the product design because he knew what the plan was and he could tell us his thoughts on what he had time to think about prior to our meeting

b) we were very fortunate to have this interview, not only is it extremely difficult to get this sort of feedback off anyone for anything but also he is a very busy guy and we had about 15 minutes to do everything we did

c) we never intended this to be the only feedback research and even in the interview when posed how useful this product would be to him he stated he didnt feel he would need it but we are still pressing ahead regardless because he admits there is an audience who would be interested in the idea. But we need a clear idea of where we are going and how before we can get more feedback because "vague" feedback is very time consuming and rarely shows up anymore than the general patterns someone who has had time to think about their community as a whole would bring up

d) many of the proposed questions i dropped with russells lecture on how to conduct questionnaires, etc that was given that week in mind and instead i focused on general conversations, only later letting him feedback on his thoughts of what he was told previously, devoid of the questions asked


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