My research question of my final major project is “How a system can encourage international graduates share experiences with fresher and help fresher adapt new university environment quickly”. The purpose of final project is encouraging international graduates to share experiences with others, thus helping fresher accommodates adapt to new university life both quickly and easily. The inspiration is called ‘welcome bag’. As we all know, when fresher moves to the apartment for the first time, they will receive a welcome bag which contains some snakes and tips. It makes fresher feel warm and appreciate. When international fresher leave their country and family to the new places, they can be lonely and confused. Therefore, the welcome bag can decrease the negative effects.
Firstly, according to the questionnaires I conducted, many students are willing to share experiences though social media. However, looking up useful information is not easy. Fresher would only be attracted by experiences that share with similar situations.
I interviewed some graduates and fresher about their feelings and thoughts. As graduates, they usually keep their experiences other than share them with fresher. Because there is no special platform focus on the communication between graduates and fresher. Graduates are glad to provide introductions to fresher. However, if the questions remain repetitive or cost them too much time, graduates would feel uncomfortable or even impatient.
Therefore, I hold a campaign for international graduates. I asked them to write down some special and interesting tips for the fresher. This activity aimed at making the graduates aware of the importance of sharing their experiences to the fresher.
After brainstorm, I figured out three most helpful ideas. One is called ‘balloon trees’, which means graduates can write down their experiences and put them in the balloons. The second one is a mobile application, which acts as a communication-platform for graduates and fresher. And my main idea is called ‘experiences-box’, which includes most useful information provided by the graduates.
Then I did some deeper research and I found a good example. It is called boy-scout keepsake box. I was impressed by the design. Designer tried to preserve a Boy-scout experience into a keepsake box.
Finally, my outcomes turn out to be an ‘experience box’, some posters and a mobile application. The box contains some helpful tips and cards. The mobile application is used for posting photos and sharing experience. Graduates can chat with fresher through this application. Fresher can also know about the ‘experience box’ by this app, they can keep in touch with the box maker and collect it after they arrive.
I have learnt a lot during the process of the final project and had a better understanding of the needs of the users. As a designer, we should always know about the need of the users both clearly and precisely.
Actually, I was a little confused in the beginning and lost the direction. The deeper research helped me out and also brought me inspiration. In the case study section, it took me plenty of time to gather information and divide them into useful and unnecessary.
Some improvements can be achieved during the design section. It requires more drawings and better knowledge of application design. And I do appreciate the great help from my tutors this year.
Behance.net,(2015). Behance.[online]Available:https://www.behance.net/gallery/15104801/Boy-Scout-Keepsake-Box [Accessed 16 Aug. 2015].