Project Scope:
Design an innovative interactive "information-intensive" application supporting user activities performed while in a household kitchen. The entire project is driven by data gathered through fieldwork, forming the basis to generate new requirements and shape design.
Project Assessment:
This was an intriguing project, as teams were given many different options to choose from, including shopping, visiting/tourism, student & campus life, office & work setting, parks & zoo experiences, to name a few.  The Kitchen setting was chosen, since all three team members enjoyed cooking - when given the right opportunity and when time presented itself.

This project was the first of two that was geared toward the proper acquisition of requirements and pre-production of usability tests.  Many different usability activities were put into play, giving all students (including David) a proper taste of the amount of work that needs to be put forth in initial stages of projects properly involving usability-specific personnel.  While there was a significant amount of work performed by the team, it is believed this project cemented David's desire to become involved in a usability career of some sort.

Overall, this was a fun project to work on.  The team members really got along well and were very productive producing a high-quality project result.

Usability Methods Used:
  • Contextual Observations & Interviews (Audio / Picture / Video)
  • Affinity Diagram Creation
  • Stakeholder Breakdown
  • Work & Activity Models (including Consolidated Models)
  • Establish Usability Requirements (based on field analysis)
  • Scenario Creation
  • Design & Create Low- and High-Fidelity Prototype
  • User Tests and Analysis
David was one of three members of this team, along side a fellow IT Analyst and an magazine associate editor.  He created a video contextual observation reviewed by all team members, participated in the affinity diagram process to find common activity groupings, assisted with the consolidated work models, and conducted user tests and analysis.
Project Deliverables:
Note: Due to the use of proprietary graphics for our food images, all graphics in the Final Report and Presentation have been blurred significantly to hopefully remove all reuse.  The prototype created for testing was not included for this purpose.
eLaCarté Final Report (pdf - 1.1MB - 55pgs.)
eLaCarté Presentation (pdf - 2.8MB - 24pgs.)
Interactive PowerPoint Prototype (Not Displayed - Proprietary Images Used)
Contextual Observations (available in AVI format on request - 136MB to 301MB)Affinty Diagram Pictures (larger pictures available on request):

Consolidated Work Models (larger pictures available in Final Report above and on request):