Prototyping

Well, guess who figured out how to make gifs without using other gifs… Me. I am so excited to have found a user friendly application that records my screen. Stank you Giphy Capture.

RELEASE EARLY RELEASE OFTEN + TEST > It’s Prototyping <

What is interesting though; coming up with a simple idea, isn’t simple. Ideating, prototyping and making don’t always go in that order – Once you begin making, a new idea sparks. You learn through the process, a nice, messy process.

My previous post – Ideating. I got some great feedback! Thank You all x.

>>>>feedback loops

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Constructive feedback + criticism is crucial to the design process.  100% of my feedback on my ideating blog has suggested to expand to reach a larger audience. It’s pretty obvious that I was missing the obvious… So, I am expanding. Why focus on a small area when my initial aim for this project is for people with disabilities to expand their experiences. I guess I was trying to keep my project tiny, but I would have been losing out.

T E S T I N G + F E F O + R E R O

I tested on TUMBLR, WORDPRESS + INSTAGRAM

Tumblr : https://yankda.tumblr.com/

Tumblr… what was I thinking. Realistically, my targeted audience wouldn’t be on here. The whole point of my Digital Artefact is to fill that missing gap and become that resource for families, carers, individuals and organisations who don’t have the time to research places & activities LET ALONE BLOGGING ON TUMBLR.

But, I did find some great posts on Tumblr from inspiring individuals living with disabilities, creating awareness.
I discovered the hashtag #ablism – This is awesome. Shining a positive light onto disability – WE ARE ABLE NOT DIS-ABLED!!!!

WordPress : https://accessyourability.wordpress.com

WordPress was great. The features of this platform demonstrated the potential my project has. I was able to organise my content into categories – eat, places and activities. I used widgets to link social media, I even created a question link – “Where would you like to go?” – Giving the user the opportunity to suggest places + activities for myself to review. These awesome features along with my content + desired future content have the potential to form into a neat, simple, accessible, user friendly site that is almost practical. I like that.

B U T

There is too much to do. I don’t have time for this right now. How can I research, get them facts STRAIGHT, explore locations, take photos, consider each activity/location carefully and assess how and WHY they are great and how they accommodate for everyone, write blogs, experiment and design the site, do other Uni work, work full-time to pay off a mortgage, eat, be alive and take care of those dark circles under my eyes.

Life happens. To sum it up. This platform wasn’t F.I.S.T enough. I couldn’t R.E.R.O either.

Also, for my concept and the gap I am trying to fill. A website doesn’t really seal the deal. Stay tuned for why I feel this..

 

instagram: @accessyourability

Ahh, Instagram. You clever platform, you.

You are the definition of F.I.S.T & R.E.R.O

What I didn’t like:

  1. Lack of organising content into categories – Can only achieve this with story highlights.. to an extent.
  2. Content cannot be pinned to a location making it accessible for people.

What I like:

  1. Successful in reaching targeted audience (through hashtags related to #disability)
  2. Great way to get the name out there – we live in a mass mediated society who basically live on instagram. So, best to be in everyone’s face and join instagram.
  3. It’s so damn easy to use. Business tools & features are beneficial and provide good insights.

The photos I have uploaded are genuine. It isn’t me marketing or advertising my business, it’s happy natural shots of my brother Zac out in the community. This is what my targeted audience want – real personal experiences. Our world today is so full of advertising, mass media and marketing. I attempt put out a reminder that we are all human. In this case, eliminate negativity or fear related to people with disabilities – see them as people.

> It takes time to create & upload content. I am planning to invite followers to share their experiences/ recommendations and reviews on my page. We can be a big ol community. 🙂 (Also let’s them do the hard work)

Instagram Hashtags I used in this post

#accessyourability #access #accessible#disability #downsyndrome #ability #abilism#wheelchair #wheelchairacess #beach#beachaccess #accesswollongong#accesspool #accessiblepool #hoist#community #fun #whattodo #getoutside #disabilityawareness

#access(location)

^^^^^^ SIGNIFICANT HASHTAG ? – Users can find local places/activities

My prototyping stage was really a period of me exploring different platforms and learning more about my project, seeing its potential and also re-defining the problem.
RE-DEFINED PROBLEM – LACK OF ACCESS TO A QUICK RESOURCE OF INFORMATION RELATING TO THE NEEDS AND WANTS OF USERS. THE PROCESS HAS TO BE QUICK AND ACCESSIBLE ITSELF.
HOW ABOUT AN APPLICATION.

USER FRIENDLY –

Features

X Interactive map –

X Categories

X Click for more information – reviews (by users perhaps?)

  1. Eat
  2. Places
  3. Accomodation
  4. Events
  5. Activities
  6. Toilets
  7. Services

I feel an application designed around my project would be great. Hard work though, and it’s not going to happen now. But, you could say the process has already begun (thought process). An application is way more accessible than a website. Especially if it has a interactive map, the users could search what is close to them and see reviews. (Keep in mind, these reviews are acknowledging how places + activities are accommodating to various needs).

messy sketch

I will continue to use instagram to continue to learn about my audience + understand the gap/issues more clearly.

Yanks.

 

what were snuggies originally designed for ?

Ideating

We have progress, a starting point, a turning point or maybe a dead end. Who knows, only time will tell.

My progress so far, is, an idea, a name, Instagram page and a WordPress blog which are currently unattended and lack content.
I am A proud Disability Support Worker and Youth Worker. Working in the industry I was able to see what shit really went down, how peoples basic human rights were discarded by those “underpayed un-passionate support workers who cut corners to make it to the end of their shift”. I had guessed there was a tonne of employees who hated their job and took it out on the people they were caring, it was presented in Zac (my awesome brother with Down Syndrome). But, don’t get me wrong, it’s not an easy job. You can understand that people become burnt out and why there is a massive turnover within the support sector.

Continue reading “Ideating”