120605 Research Journal

I’m beginning to understand how my project lacked design, and more so lacked any form of interactive design.

Just because I was using “multi-modality” didn’t mean I was heading in a direction to create an “interactive” outcome.

I am now sorting through papers and evaluating what will be most useful to read based on a few things:
– Participatory Design
– Multi-Modality
– Low Vision
– Assessing if articles are creating interactive design solutions

While there seem to be many solutions for people with low vision to their day to day situations, these solutions seem to be passive and not interactive. Yes they may engage other modes or senses but they aren’t really interactive.

It has taken me a while to arrive at this point. I now need to begin searching for opportunities to create an interactive product.

Even my assessment of existing assistive technologies, however small, is showing me that these products are purely that, products. They do not engage a high level of interactivity in an “interactive design” sense. Yes they react to inputs and give you feedforwards to initialise an interaction but the depth of interaction is shallow. For example the magnification technology is purely that, it magnifies things. Whether it is a digital or analogue magnification, it doesn’t have the depth of interaction that I’m looking for.

Why am I doing this project?

How can I blend depth of interaction with something that is positive and can contribute towards the independence of a person living with low vision or AMD?

Is this even possible?

Is a navigation system for no/low sighted people even considered interactive? I understand that it creates feedbacks allowing the person to engage with their direct surroundings and the software/device itself.

This is something I feel I’ll need to investigate further.

Research Journal 23 May 2012

First interview today, went well, great to test out the equipment and questions. Considered changing the questions to be more specific, but will wait and see how they go in a few more interviews. The ambiguity of them is good and bad as they can incite unexpected answers but not necessarily the ones I’d hope for. To do: transcribe the interview and return it to the person for review. Establish questions for up and coming interview on Friday – to focus on independent living arrangements, support technologies and processes and overall outcomes from professional involvement.

Research Journal: Equipment purchase


Now ready to get started on interviews. I have emailed my wish list and have been in contact with two interviewees. Currently in the process of finalising one set of questions and an interview scrip. Two more sets of questions, maybe even looser and more topic driven conversations.

I’m realising how much of a novice I am at interviews. I will Google the etiquette for this kind of thing.  Very excited and nervous.

Research Journal 20 MARCH

Abstract is finally complete after a bit of anguish and uncertainty of how I want to go about this research project.

Best to just start. Somewhere/anywhere! Have a read of the abstract here.

My research now has two main stages:

1. Establish relationships with stakeholders and begin to understand their position through semi-structured interviews.

2. Once I have a solid data set of people’s experience I need to begin thinking and creating Technology Probes to begin addressing problems and find opportunities for intervention.

BUT for now (maybe in order)…

  • a plain language statement
  • work out what organisations and who to approach
  • establish some base questions
  • form an outline of the semi-structured interview
  • approach the organisations and individuals
  • interview/talk to them.