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Needfinding and Assistive Technologies - Gayle Curtis

January 16, 2018 - 4:30pm to 5:50pm
Thornton Center - Classroom 110

All are welcome to attend

Abstract: When we look at the drivers of innovation, we see two complementary themes emerging: new technologies or methods that open the way to new solutions, and new insights or experiences that bring a better understanding of the problem. With a design thinking approach, we first look to build empathy with the user and the situation, then we use ideation, prototyping and iteration to explore, formulate, and test solutions.

This class session will go into more depth with the candidate projects and to build an understanding of the problem areas with the objective of learning more about the user needs, goals, and values around the problem, as well as the constraints and requirements of the situation itself. One goal for this session is for students to identify a set of questions to address through interview and observation with real users of assistive technologies, as well as some good ideas about people that student teams might talk to and work with to inspire both innovation and relevance for the team project.

Biosketch: Gayle Curtis is a design consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area, specializing in user interface architecture and design strategy for online ventures and interactive products. Recently he was Principal Interaction Designer at Yahoo!, where he developed a practice area in strategic ideation and disseminated it through workshops in the US and Asia. At Stanford he taught courses in Human-Computer Interactions (HCI) and Product Design. Gayle is a graduate of the Engineering Product Design program at Stanford.

Event Sponsor: 
Design Group, Mechanical Engineering
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Contact Phone: 
Dave Jaffe - 650/892-4464