A few weeks back, Oscar Enrique was kind enough to lead a one and a half day workshop at ID.
Oscar Enrique Murillo is a Senior User Experience Designer working for Microsoft’s Strategic Prototyping group. The team, which reports directly to Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s Chief Research and Strategy Officer, is responsible for creating futuristic demonstrations, such as the Microsoft Home of the Future, that illustrate Microsoft’s vision for how technology can enable massive change 3, 5, 10 and even 15 years into the future.
The workshop explored using rapid prototyping techniques to design compelling end‐user mobile experiences for communities that until now may have been under-served by mobile software and hardware implementations.
Students were formed into teams and given the assignment to develop a persona of someone who is in a community that is under-served by technology. These ranged from the elderly to children of migrant workers.
The teams’ next assignment was creating a mobile device that would meet the unique needs of their persona. Along the way each team presented their concepts to everyone else for some quick feedback.
On the last day each team had to create and act out a scenario of how the mobile technology would improve the lives or their target user. Along with some amateur acting, teams used play doh, foam core, screen projection, sound and narration to tell the story.
Everyone worked at a breakneck-speed. In the end it was great to see how well we could tell stories with such limited time and resources.
Thanks to Anijo Mathew for putting this on and HUGE thanks to Oscar Murillo for leading the workshop.