Some Grand Ideas

As part of my ongoing involvement in the Apps for Grandpeople module I headed back up to Dundee for a second session with the level 3 Interaction Design Students. The first stage of the project, involved every student working individually to come up with a solution to an everyday life problem that their grandperson (relative or acquaintance of retirement age) faced.

As part of my ongoing involvement in the Apps for Grandpeople module I headed back up to Dundee for a second session with the level 3 Interaction Design Students. The first stage of the project, involved every student working individually to come up with a solution to an everyday life problem that their grandperson (relative or acquaintance of retirement age) faced.

The session involved each student pitching an idea for an app developed from researching and working with their grandperson. Each student was given 3 minutes to pitch their idea to myself and lecturer Kate Saunderson. There was a great variety of apps covering a whole load of different areas and a number of the apps had definite commercial potential.

The afternoon session involved the students splitting up into groups of 4-6 and whittling down their concepts to one idea that they would take forward as a team. The decision making process was not an easy one for any of the groups as they all had some great ideas to choose from. In order to make their decision they had to take into account their personal skills, timescales, complexity and commercial viability in order to create the best possible solution. Some tough decisions were made and in some cases really good ideas had to be dropped in favour of simpler solutions that would produce a better quality final solution. This is an important lesson because when working on a commercial project budget and timescales can lead to better ideas being dropped in favour of more practical solutions. After a lot of very democratic discussions each of the groups selected the idea they would be focussing on until the end of the module.

There are now 5 exciting concepts being developed and I am very much looking forward to seeing the prototypes on my next visit on Tuesday 24th of April 2012.