why? observing the real world social activity can reground us to see what real social activity look like so that we don’t get lost designing online social interaction.
how? grab a partner and go observe some where! (why working with partner when doing observation? Force you to talk about your idea, and rethink your assumption.)
constantly look for funny/weird things in the world. Keep observing.
while observing, be sure to balance the overwhelming information.
the environment plays a big role in shaping social interaction
while observing, broaden up your mind, be aware of tunnel vision, take account of the…
This is a record of a design exercise. The goal of this exercise is to use constrains to influence design decisions and generate design ideas.
We ask ourselves the following questions to brainstorm ideas.
What can we do on (current) social network?
post updates (text, image)
mini game (Messenger)
browse content (FB, IG, Twitter, Reddit, WeChat, Quora)
check out events (FB events, Yelp)
stalk someone (IG, FB, Twitter, Tinder) [P.S. stalking is bad, don’t do it :)]
window shopping (Amazon, Dealmoon)
mini video (AJ+, Vimeo, IG+SC)
read news/articles (Medium, FB, Twitter, Linkedin)
Direct Messaging (Messenger, Snapchat, Wechat…
Non-visual interfaces (earphone controller, Ford’s foot operated hatchback, wand experience)
End to end experience (end to end and holistic research, chromecast, unpacking and on boarding experience: getting stated diagram on the box)
More diverse user (Microsoft inclusive design kit, accessibility, both permanent, temporary and situational)
cross cultural and international research (150–70 millions people join the global middle class annually — 88% will live in Asia. in 2020 8 millions projected)
Beyond tech… design of everyday things
“Third place” on the web: what should social network provide
Reading notes from Our Vanishing “Third Places”.
Third place is social gathering places people used to have in the community but no longer exist in nowadays society. Social network is kind of making amend for the lack of third place in the physical world.
This article was written before Yelp version 11.22.0
User generated content platforms have many different forms including open source system, Q&A sites, open content sites and crowd source platform. These platforms provide pure public goods, which is non-exclusive and rivalrous information. The content created by a single user can benefit all other users. These platforms rely on users to create content, thus it is crucial for these platforms to attract new users and motivate existing users to make contribution to the online community. …
When acting as a facilitator, noticing conflicts between different participants is important, and one should not try to smooth things down by hiding the conflicts under the table, but should rather let participants discuss and develop this conflicts. This would be a great opportunity to harvest new insights from everyone in the group.
We all use some many apps everyday, and almost all of them have some sort of social features built in. Sorting them using different type of labeling method can yield some very interesting design ideas.