Ideation & Card Sort Activities Urbana, Rockford, Peoria, and Chicago
Tara conducted additional ideation and card sorting activities in LHS-Urbana, CLHS-Rockford, LHS-Peoria, LHS-Chicago, the College of Pharmacy, and Student Center East. Students filled out mad lib activities, wrote about what they like about the library website and what they’d like to change, and participated in card sorts where they organized and labeled groups of terms from our library website.
More about the research methods
If you’re interested in learning more about design and user experience research, please take a look at Universal Methods of Design – Bruce Hanington, Bella Martin (ProQuest Ebrary). It covers card sorting, the Love Letter & Breakup Letter, personas, and many other UX research activities.
Sketching the novice student’s research process.
The Implementation Team (Tara Wood, Tracy Seneca, Esther Verreau, and Allan Berry), along with Rosie Hanneke and Annie Armstrong, participated in a workshop with Pixo to map out the novice student’s research process, and then sketch out what we’d like on a home page that would support this process.
The Implementation Team and Isabel
Results of the Object Oriented UX Workshop. Pink post-its represent content types, blue represent metatdata items, and green represent possible connections between content types.
Gonzalez-Smith also participated in an Object Oriented User Experience workshop, where we discussed and defined content types for our new site. Content types are reusable templates that can appear in different ways across the site. For example, a staff profile content type could appear in a staff directory listing and in an individual staff profile page.
The results of these workshops inform the process of building wireframes for the site. You’ll be hearing more about wireframes soon, but feel free to read more about how wireframes work in the design process.
Tara worked with Pixo to add some additional user personas. Personas are archetypes of users – they don’t represent an individual user or every type of user we encounter, but they’re the building blocks on which we can base common use scenarios. Our personas take into consideration diversity in ability and backgrounds of our students; their use of library space, resources, and expertise; and the external factors that motivate their use of the library. Eventually, we’ll expand on these and add additional personas for students, faculty, and staff.
You can learn more about personas and view the personas we have so far .
Research Sharing Workshops
Tara will conduct two research sharing sessions to discuss the results of the ideation and card sort activities, design workshops, and what’s next in the redesign process.
- January 7th, 3pm at Daley Library, 1-360
- January 12th, 3 pm at LHS – Chicago, 228
Blackboard Collaborate is available for remote participation for both sessions. Email email@example.com to RSVP.
Phase 2 Research Brief
For more information on the Fall 2015 student research activities and design workshops, you can view the full Phase 2 Research Brief.
In January, we’ll be releasing wireframes for the redesigned site, conducting workshops with the Web Content Team, and starting development on the new site.
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