Cultural Probe Analysis Report
Created on January 2008
A cultural probe is an inexpensive technique used to learn more about your intended user group. Most typical setups involve handing some sort of diary to volunteers (of the intended user group) to log their activities and thoughts
In the IAT333 Interaction Design Praxis course, we were instructed to conduct cultural probes with our intended user, University Staff members and analyze the findings. This poster was made to present our findings in a concise manner. When planning the layout, I needed a way to fit in all the findings from studying the returned cultural probes. As the poster would be used to present a lot of information, it needed to be easy to follow and understand, like an information model.
Taking cue from calendar applications like iCal and Google Calendar, the poster uses a table to present data in a similar fashion. Columns are marked with each individual probe artifact and the cells span across columns to indicate where each finding was made. With a little planning, the columns were neatly arranged to provide the most compact fit for the extended cells. Rather than use actual images of the probes that we have presented before, I decided to use visual icons to place emphasis on the information rather than the probes itself.
With this poster, or chart, it was easy for others to quickly learn about our intended user group. And it allowed the team to form personas based on the key findings we’ve charted.