Winter Quarter 2022

          
Perspectives in Assistive Technology
ENGR110/210

          

David L. Jaffe, MS
Lathrop Library Classroom 282
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:15pm to 4:45pm PST

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Tuesday, January 11th

photo of Gayle Curtis

Creating Assistive Technologies - Understanding the Problem
Gayle Curtis
UX Design Consultant

Abstract: When we look at the drivers of effective innovation we see two complementary themes emerging: First, new technologies or methods that open the way to new solutions, and second, new insights or experiences that yield a better understanding of the problem. With a design thinking approach, we begin by building empathy with the user and the situation, then we use ideation, prototyping, and iteration to explore, formulate, and test solutions.

In this class session we will look at ways to gain understanding of user needs, goals, and values around a problem, as well as the constraints and requirements of the situations around them. One goal for this session is for students to identify a set of questions to explore through interview and observation with real users of assistive technologies. Teams may also get some good ideas about the people they might approach for both inspiration and insight.

Biosketch: Gayle Curtis is a UX design consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area, specializing in user interface architecture and design strategy for online ventures and interactive products. Recently he was Principal Interaction Designer at Yahoo!, where he also developed a practice area in strategic ideation and disseminated it through workshops in the US and Asia. At Stanford he taught courses in Human-Computer Interactions (HCI) and Product Design. Gayle is a graduate of the MS Engineering Product Design Program at Stanford.

Contact information:

Gayle Curtis
gayle.curtis -at- mac.com
Lecture Material:
Pre-lecture slides - 4.00 Mb pdf file
Slides - 331 Kb pdf file
Links:
Better Brainstorms by Gayle Curtis
What to do in Need Finding
Observant Observing
Interviewing and Observing – Agile Aging
Need Finding Tools
The Seven Rules of Brainstorming (Created by IDEO)

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Updated 10/14/2021

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