17 days to go before the Student Design Challenge. We’ve received a few
questions about submission details and thought we’d start a public thread here
to post the answers and additional information.
Q: Can we
apply as a team?
taking submissions only from individual or pairs. To sumbit as a pair, select the "Submitting as Pair" button on the form.
Q: It says
you’re looking for 2-3 work samples. If I submit with a partner, how many
samples should we submit?
A: If you go on to the application, select "Submitting as Pair." It will allow you to submit up to 6 work samples.
Q: The form says I can submit a PDF of my work, but I can’t find a way to upload it on the
submission form. How do I do this?
A: This is a limitation of the tool on the website. You can post a PFD to a Dropbox, a web site or blog, and then paste the link into the URL Field of the submission form.
Q: Is the focus of the
challenge on interaction design or solution design?
A: The focus of your response
to the challenge at the conference may be as specific as designing a key
interaction at a signature moment of the experience or may consider the service
or experience design more holistically (looking at the total offering and
experience of delivering healthcare information to these populations.)
Interaction design is not just people to screens, but people to people,
people to product, people to service, and people to system.
Q: Izac, when you competed in
2011, what did you focus on for your solution?
A: (From Izac) I decided to
give people a taste of all the elements that would be required to make my
solution viable. None of the elements were designed to a level of detail where
they were “designed.” However using simple prototypes and sketches I was able
to sketch the interaction model, the service model, and the business model to a
level of detail that told a story. (From Dianna: his presentation included a short experience prototype video shot the day before.)
Q: Does the jury expect contestants to come
up with a complete solution or is an idea described using sketches, rationale
and real statistics good enough to convince them? Do we need to address all the
problems stated in the brief?
A: For your audition you are
not required to show a complete solution. Instead, tell us about your thoughts
on one or some of the problems in the space. We’re interested in your thinking,
what you find compelling about the space, how you visually and verbally communicate
your thoughts, and how you would approach this challenge if you are selected as
a finalist to go to Amsterdam.
Q: We can we expect to be doing for our solutions in Amsterdam?
A: If you are selected as a
finalist you will be mentored and encouraged at the challenge in Amsterdam to demonstrate
a human-centered design process. We are working to bring together design
mentors, subject-matter experts, stakeholders, and conference-goers, to put the "interaction" into the design process. You will have a master class to explore the design problem and gain empathy for experiences of users in the healthcare delivery ecology. You'll have workspace courtesy of neighboring design firm Ijsfontein... and for the first time this year, the SDC will have our own area on the floor of the conference, called the SDC Zoo for finalists to use in their process however they choose. Our goal is to give you resources and opportunities to engage others for feedback, ideas, richer prototyping, and storytelling.