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Wireframe Interface for URT

The administrator can manually add and view survey results, route information, and sensor data for users. The administrator can also set up another project for a city other than NYC for Noisy Underground.

10-05-10: Final Citizen Sensor UI


Presentation of final paper prototypes
Urban Sensing: Liz Barry;
The Power of Networks:  Steven Johnson
Discussion of larger URT design, reference existing data structure

Create a wireframe interface for URT, based on what we have discussed to date – this will focus on two aspects:  setting up a project and viewing data gathered to date.

  • You may collaborate or work individually
  • Design and post 2-3 wireframes to the blog, with a brief overview of the options and features.
  • Attend at least one event at the Conflux Festival this weekend and blog about it.  Take pictures!
  • Read The Craft of Research – Ch. 2 and All Together Now for discussion next week.

09-28-10: Paper Prototype Testing


Discussion of readings
Testing of Paper Prototypes
Reporting back, ideas for further iteration
URT database:  setting up a project;  file types; data imports

Read: Carto-City, Urban Probes

Write up 1pg analysis of our testing session today: challenges, limitations, ideas for further development. Incorporate this into your existing design brief. Refine your paper prototype, and animate it to demo your interface, specifically as it relates to URT, not just Citizen Sensor.  Post on the class blog for review/critique next week.

09/21/10: Urban Research / Citizen Sensor


  • Urban Research – Vyjayanthi Rao (NSSR/Anthropology)
  • Review of Project Topics
  • URT Research – Shannon Mattern (Media Studies/Urban Media Archaeology)
  • Precedents: TenderNoise,  CrimeSpotting
  • URT Database & data sets – Rory Solomon

–> Reading: Urban Probes & Beyond Decibels;  Inspiration: DIY Maps & PrettyMaps

Incorporating initial feedback on your research project, expand your research with the following:

  • Identify one existing data set that can provide a larger framework for understanding your target audience, related concern, or topic.  Gather information for importation into URT (pending set up).
  • Develop at least 2 personas and 3 different user scenarios that relate to your project. Each should be detailed enough to inform the development of a user interface.  One persona/scenarios should be a contributor, per the larger vision of ‘Citizen Sensor’.  Two scenarios should detail specific ways this information would be accessed.  What is the resolution?  What is the data set?  How much information is enough?  What is relevant to the user?  Make notes on about this.
  • Create a new blog post, for your full design brief.  Include your statement, problem, method, audience, precedents, data set and cited relevancies from the readings.   This should be collaboratively written amougst your group.
  • Develop paper prototypes for each scenario (3).  Use 8.5×11 paper and a sharpie.  You can focus on the web interface, or a mobile interface.  Create each screen as we would need to see it, here is an example paper prototype video.
  • Check out the Android/Sensor kits and gather more data for your projects.  Aim to gather a minimum of 60 sensor reads and 20 images/sounds. These are flexible guidelines, the point is to work towards gathering enough data to build a solid argument, which can be presented in a form that has meaning for the user.
  • Read Urban Probes: Encountering Our Emerging Urban Atmospheres & Cox_CitySounds_Decibels_AcousticPlanning, and come to class prepared to discuss the relevance of both to your projects.

URT_notes week 4

09/14/10: Pecha Kuchas, User Experience

Pecha Kuchas – introductions & maps
Citizen Sensor – initial project ideas, small groups
User Experience Primer – Donna Linchow


  • Pair up with at least one other person in class
  • Email us who you are partnering with (sooner is better)
  • Refine your research question, considering a specific audience
  • Write up a design brief to articulate your question, your initial research & some paper prototypes, with at least two personas/user scenarios, any precedents for visualization or topic.  What does your inquiry hope to reveal?  Who might care more or less about it?  What other data might further illuminate your argument?  Consider framing multiple perspectives for a shared question, as many of the suggested topics can offer very different user experiences.
  • Post this on our class blog by Monday AM, so our guests next week can read these
  • Gather at least 20 data entries, combining sensor data points with visual (photo) and descriptive data (see notes below)
  • Take some pictures of your groups as you are taking your sensor reads – both far away & close up, as process documentation

URT_notes week 3

9/7: Intro to Citizen Sensor

Thank you to Joe and Rory for opening up this discussion.

Please post your assignment either as a link to your personal blog post or an uploaded document.  While we are resolving how to make the sensors available for everyone, feel free to imagine data sets or visit data resources to insert into your drafts for this week.

Jess and Jane will be back on Tuesday.

URT_notes week 2