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Fall 2017, Week 3,4 – The Prototyping Week

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Step 1: Questions

  1. Understanding if sharing economy exists in the book industry.
  2. Understanding the concept of home and how a person’s behavior in a foreign environment is influenced by the same.
  3. Understanding how transportation problems and travel time issues can be resolved.

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Step 2: Creating Storyboards

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Step 3: Concept to Prototype

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Prototypes:

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Link to QSPFR

Fall 2017, Week 2: The Research Week

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Week 2, Pre-Thesis, YAY?

Okay, it turns out I did screw up a little bit in the previous week, maybe a lot of problem solving went into that part of the assignment, which I am pretty sure shouldn’t have happened. So for this week I had to buckle up, and focus on the WHY’s of whatever I thought about. So coming back to the questions which I had in mind last week, what I needed to do this week was to use those issues, frame the why’s I needed to base on the data I had collected, and formulate a three step formula that would eventually help me in commencing my research. So here it goes

Three Step Formula

Topic 1: I am working on understanding the causes of dynamic group behavior in a group because I want to find out how activities conducted amongst individuals living in a group can be simplified in order to help my reader understand how much can human nature affect or be affected the group dynamics.

Topic 2: I am working on understanding the working of a shared economy because I want to find out an economical alternative to the already existing book industry in order to help my reader understand if a sharing economy for books provides the users with a lot cost alternative for books or not.

Topic 3: I am working on understanding the reasons why individuals living alone are unable to cook because I want to find out how home-cooked food can be made available to individuals living alone in order to help my reader understand the reason why individuals living alone are missing home cuisines.

Critical Reading and Writing

Topic 1:

Articles,

Group Dynamics in Action – H. A. Jeep and J. W. Hollis

TED Talks

Shawn Stratton – The Power of Team

Tom Wudec – Build a Tower, Build a Team

Sources:

What are Group Dynamics, Definition, and Theory

Improving Group Dynamics

Group Dynamics and Behaviour

Topic 2:

Articles:

The Competitive Effects of a Sharing Economy, How is Uber Changing Taxis? – Scott Wallsten

The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism Arun Sundararajan

The Sharing Economy, by Lorna Gold

TED Talks

The Sharing Economy: Kurt Abrahamson at TEDxTimesSquare

Creating Opportunity Through the Sharing Economy | Emily Castor | TEDxSacramentoSalon

Additional Readings

What is the Sharing Economy?

Topic 3:

Food for thought, why people feel like they miss home

Articles:

Homesickness & Young People’s Adjustment to Separation

Homesickness, Rob White, Film Quarterly

Homesickness and Culture Shock

Mumbai Dabbawallah

TED Talks:

A History of Homesickness: Susan Matt

Sources:

Homesickness living Abroad

Personal Tutor’s Handbook  – Homesickness

Homesickness isn’t really about ‘Home’

What is Homesickness

Rework Three Step Formula

Topic 1: I am working on understanding the causes of dynamic group behavior in a group because I want to find out how activities conducted between individuals living withing a group can be simplified in order to help my reader understand how much can human nature affect or be affected by the group dynamics.

Topic 2: I am working on understanding the implementation of a shared economy because I want to find out an alternative to the already existing bookstore and e-commerce industry in order to help my reader understand if a sharing economy exists for having books share amongst community of book readers and thereby provides users with an option to sharing books.

Topic 3: I am working on understanding the reasons why individuals living alone are missing home because I want to find out how loneliness can be overcome amongst individuals living alone in order to help my reader understand the reason why individuals are feeling homesick.

The following are the links to my Trello Board and the QSPFR

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And here is the link to the Pecha Kucha Presentation

 

Fall 2017, Week 1: The Brainstorming Week

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Hello World!  //Because hey, I’m still 50% tech inside

Akshay Iyer here, and this is a new place where you can come and visit me anytime you want free knowledge about what I am up to these days. If you don’t know me yet? I am a creative technologist from Bombay, India currently living in the Big Apple. I still love coffee, so you could definitely reach out to me if you would like company in looking out for new joints around the city.

So today, I begin my Thesis journey, and I would like to share my progress with you as the day’s pass. There would be a lot of information about the tech world, research I did, books I read, even movies I watched, all this culminating to a big thesis which I intend on defending May 2017.

Heads up, there might be a lot of tech stuff and a lot of design stuff inside this, so if you have any questions you can reach out to me. So let’s begin.

Week 1, started off smoothly, including me realizing that I actually have something to do now, post summer break. It, however, ended with a huge chunk of brainstorming. All this, to get to three great ideas which could be my possible thesis. To understand better, I’ll explain you everything in stages.

To start off the research process I initially had to find out my inspirations and interests. I sat back, relaxed and started making note of things that I love, things that I can’t live without even if I don’t like them, things which make my life simpler no matter what. Then I started noting down my interests, this consisted of all my challenges, my problems, my hobbies etc. There were at times, I looked upon what interested me and what were the inspirations that led to my interest in that particular topic, this helped me in understanding myself more clearly.

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By jotting down my inspirations and sorting them, I looked into my interests more closely.

After carefully analyzing my interests and inspirations, I had to carefully narrow it down to three interest points, which would in turn help me lead further in my research process.

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I also ended up jotting down a chart which carefully brought all my interests and inspirations together.

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At the end of this stage, I had to narrow my research down to three topic of interests where my research would take place.

Topic 1: The desire for creating interaction that enable understanding amongst flat mate, simplify daily activities, and improve handling of monetary transactions.

Topic 2: The design for an interaction that will understand the behavior amongst people showcasing interests in exploring cuisines and sharing information concerning the same.

Topic 3: The design for digital interactions to enable smoother interactions amongst avid readers who like to share their experiences, and provide suggestions for reading.

The following questions were formulated which would help me in the future in researching upon the same. I also ended up focussing upon research areas for the same, my progress can be viewed in the following Trello Board

Topic 1:

-What are the problems associated with people living with roommates and flat mates?

-Will a digital interaction assist in solving problems between individuals living together?

-How will this digital media product appeal to an audience not living with roommates?

 

Topic 2:

-What is the current state of the food blogging industry? How can it be improved?

-How can the digital interaction compete with existing food review application?

-How can the app be made more interactive and learning? Yet competitive amongst friends and family members?

 

Topic 3:

-How great is the book review blogging industry?

-What inconsistencies are existing in applications already existing, how can the same data be used and improved?

-How can a digital interaction be used to solve the problem of finding a book to read.

 

Based on the topics which I inferred upon, I created the following grid of nine. Which broadened all three topics onto one page.

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Here is a Pecha-Kucha presentation for the same.

 

That’s all for this week folks.

 

 

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