Fizzlab is a Directed Design Group in UW HCDE department. It gathers a group of people who are interested in physical computing. We try to bring software world to physical world and provide “super power” + “second life” to ordinary stuffs with computer technology.
During the Autumn Quarter 2013, we begun to create interactive systems based on a traffic signal. By connecting the traffic signal with Arduino, a open-source electronic prototyping platform, we were able to build applications that interact with the traffic signal.
The application my team was working on is named MooDuino. It is designed to be a classroom voting app that allows instructor to gather real-time feedback from students in the class (their “mood”).
The concept of this project is pretty straight forward: gather inputs feedbacks from students and present student’s data in an effective way to instructors. Our Design Question:
I spent a whole afternoon in one of favorite cafe shop ZOKA Coffee, sketching out the flows and screens. It was pretty fun.
Sketching forced me to think deeper about the ideas, and helped me think about details.
Design is a mixture of independent thinking and collaborative work. And one of the challenging but interesting part of design process is Communication: communicating your ideas, and embracing other people’s opinion/ ideas/ critiques. After finishing the very first few sketches, I sent them to my teammates, with some annotations (really informal ones) that helped explain my thinkings behind.
As you can see from the sketches on the right, they are complicated and still have a lot of potential to be refined. But as a starting point, which helped evoked discussion within the team, I think they are good enough.
We wrapped up our project with a html prototype built with Bootstrap 3.