Create-a-Thon In Practice
When to consider using a CaT:
- the design problem space is ambiguous, not well defined, or complex.
- there is a broad audience who would be interested in or using your finished product / service.
- proposed solutions are not harmonious (i.e. satisfying one criteria, diminishes another).
- there are many possible design directions and unsure what to focus on.
Use a CaT to help gather ideas, stories, perspectives that give you possible directions for further exploration.
Setting up a CaT:
- Define a loose scope
- Come up with some scenarios to help your exploration
- Gather some people
- Observe and facilitate
- Give opportunity to individuals to document their personal "stories", designs, thoughts using multiple modalities
- Give opportunity for group work to refine ideas
- Allow time for iteration
- Todo: finish this..
Case Study: IDRC-PhET Energy Skate Park Create-a-Thon