Day 8 – 6th August

We spent the day at Napier further refining our ideas. We built on the principle of making a storyboard scenario for our product as that was the easiest way to portray our ideas. The morning was spent going through each groups idea and making suggestions to improve it. Having had lunch we then paired up again and worked more on the ideas suggested in the morning. We were tasked to make these storyboards good enough that we could pitch them to two people tomorrow to get outside feedback that was brutally honest. We were then asked to ensure that the storyboards would easily be able to be seen in the pitch so we needed to create a presentation.

Day 7 – 5th August

Today we met at Napier early to prepare for a guest speaker.

This speaker was Aaron Quigley from the University of St. Andrews who was talking to us about Discreet Computing. This helped us to understand how our creations needed to be unobtrusive and easy to use discreetly in order to avoid embarrassment in everyday scenarios.

After this talk, we got back into our groups in order to evaluate the results of our surveys.

Each group picked out 10 pieces of data and explained why they felt that they would be of value to the study.

After these presentations, we were tasked with coming up with some basic ideas as to what form of a system we could build on for Friday’s show.

After this we all then drew out our ideas on a giant roll of paper which also gave us more time to expand on the ideas whilst taking them through.

This turned out to be very fruitful as it caused us all to think more about the uses of our ideas and how they could be put into practice.

We then split off into pairs to start drawing storyboards that would help to refine the ideas and to help understand each other’s ideas more easily by having them visually mapped out.

Day 5 – 3rd August

We met much later in the day today, giving the American students time to explore and if they needed to, catch up on sleep.

Tom wanted us to see a show called “data play” based outside the InSpace Gallery at George Square. Many exhibits were all technology-focused. There was one machine that was taking poems from the internet and calculating how many of each word there was in each poem and valuing it. For example, one German poem had the word ‘und’ 14 times making it worth £35.00.

 

We were then released into our groups and encouraged to ask people our surveys around the George Square area.

This was useful and we all managed to collect valuable data. One thing that we all noticed was that we struggled in some areas with an internet connection, even on data, to move the survey along quick enough that so there were times that you could see people getting bored.

We split for a bit as one group got free tickets to a show.

After this, we all met up again and had some drinks. This was a good opportunity for us all to bond more.

There was another show that all but four of us had tickets to so we split up again. Whilst the show was happening the remaining people asked more surveys.

 

We found that it was significantly more difficult to get coherent responses as it was getting later on Saturday night and we were based near a beer garden.

 

Day 4 – 2nd August

We spent the day in the computer lab discussing thoughts on yesterday’s activity. Each group created a presentation with their findings and presented it to the rest of the group. Tom then gave us a better understanding as to what a blend is and explained a bit more about the aims of our research. Brian then gave us a tutorial on Google Forms so that we would be able to create surveys to collect data with. He felt that this would be the best way to collect the data as it is collated on the cloud and can be repeated as many times as we like. In our teams, we then constructed a survey that had questions that we felt would be appropriate for the people in our respective areas. Tom and Brian then went through our surveys to ensure that each one would be effective enough to provide us with the most useful data.

Day 3 – 1st August

We gathered in D36 so that we were able to write up our creations that we came up with at Jupiter Artland. We were required to create a presentation that would help to explain our idea so that we could easily present it to the group. Some people had changed their idea and others had enhanced theirs so that the idea was more in the forefront of the explanation. Brian then gave us a brief lecture explaining different Ethnographic data collection techniques. We were split into different groups to go out and begin the data collection process. Each group was assigned a different location that is a popular place at the Festivals. These places were; Summer Hall, George Square, The Pleasance, and Cowgate. Each team had one Napier student and two or three Farmingdale students. On this first day, we were tasked with ‘Flaneuring’ in which you are both parts of the city and in the city at the same time. The basis of this is observations of peoples’ behaviors and thinking of possible problems that people may be having that could be enhanced with technology. Doing this in the field was more challenging than anticipated as there are so many people flyering (advertising) their own shows that it makes it difficult to stay in one place and just observe peoples’ actions.