Homework D1

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Design 1 (Due: 2/22, 2pm)


  • Practice conducting user and task analysis
  • Practice generating design sketches


Part 1: Choosing a user population (10 points)

You are going to help a social group to design a website. The goal of the website is to support the tasks people in this social group often need to perform using traditional methods such as by hand and by pen and paper. The social group you choose to help must be a real-world social group. Some examples of social groups are sport teams, hobby clubs, church groups, support groups, non-profits, NGOs.

Ask around your friends and family members what social groups they are part of. Find a friend or family member who is willing to help you by becoming your subject. Conduct an informal interview with the friend or the family member to understand the particular social group. The objective of the interview is to obtain the information you need for user and task analysis.

In the write-up, indicate the name of the social group, a brief description of the group, the name of subject, and your relationship with the subject.

Part 2: Analyzing users (30 points)

Identify at least two unique user classes in the population you chose. Highlight their defining characteristics. Develop a persona for each user class.

Part 3: Analyzing tasks (30 points)

Identify one task often performed by each user class of this population that can be helped with a web-based application. Give the details of the task in terms of goals, preconditions and subtasks. Be as detailed as you can.

Part 4: Making design sketches (30 points)

For each task you identified in part 3, draw two different design sketches of the UI to support the task.


Grading dimensions Guiding questions Bare minimum Satisfactory Above and beyond

(max 10 points)

Did you describe the group well? Did you interview someone in your chosen group? Did you describe the person you interviewed? 1 - 6 7 - 9 10

(max 30 points)

Are user classes distinct? Are characteristics of each user class adequately described? Is the persona you created representative of the user class? 1 - 20 21 - 27 28 - 30

(max 30 points)

Did you identify the real user goal of the task? Are the preconditions of the task clear? Are all the subtasks essential to the task included? 1 - 20 21 - 27 28 - 30

(max 30 points)

Are the UI in the design sketches adequately support the tasks? Are alternative design sketches sufficiently different? 1 - 20 21 - 27 28 - 30


Add an H1 section titled Design 1 in your personal wiki page (see Example). Add your name to the following list (last name alphabetical order) and link it to that section.