analytical prototype / prospectus

Develop a prospectus/analytical prototype of a design solution — or approaches — to a problem (or gap). The solution need not be a designed artifact, but may be a service, or set of procedures (that may involve some artifacts).

The analytical prototype/prospectus may work as a “think piece,” opening a topic up, giving it a larger framework. Its proposed solution(s) is/are mainly models, things around which a conversation can be encouraged, yielding new ideas, agreements, concrete plans (or even the decision to have *no* plan, and even to do nothing).

Your guide is to be the procedures outlined in the chapters of Ulrich that we have read.

user experience or other gap
problem definition
exploration of features that might address that problem
selection of features
design(s) (prototypes, sketches, models)

The final deliverable is a prospectus document, printed or web/adaptive (if printed, multiple pages, may be 8.5 x 11 inches), in which you discuss a perceived gap, definition of the problem, exploration of alternatives, and selection/development of a plan.

Draft (nearly done) materials due Monday 7 May, when they will go on the Hardie 2F wall. These materials would include the prospectus, and any supporting imagery/references, which may be large size. The wall presentations may have a work-in-progress feel. Final (document) due Wednesday 9 May.

We have printed examples of these prospectuses from recent years; see also the Design Stories archive for recent years.