These are almost turning into little reflective journals, but I thought it would be good today to summarise what I’ve done on the Broads Authority project and the 3,000 word report on user-centred design today.

Broads project

In my first post about this project I mentioned that the three key themes that the Broads want to focus on with this project are:

  • Landscape heritage
  • Cultural heritage
  • Ecology and biodiversity

We were each given a topic to research and produce a visual moodboard for. I chose to research cultural heritage because it was the one that interested me the most. I spent today researching this topic and creating the moodboard.

We were advised to create our moodboards on Pinterest because it is probably the easiest way to create visual moodboards and they are very easy to share – literally just send the link with the people you want to share it with! I’ve enjoyed using Pinterest to make my moodboard. It is easy and fast and even allows you to put a link on each pin to the image source – which is nice! It also allows you to split your board into different sections which I have done. This makes finding and presenting content on your moodboard easier, which is important because we are hoping to be able to get these moodboards ‘validated’ by a local Norfolk historian who may also have other things to add.

You can see my moodboard here.

My moodboard is made up of images I have found on various Norfolk history websites, but most notably a website I found today called ‘Broadland Memories‘. I could – and have – browsed this site for hours just looking at all of the old photographs on there! There are hundreds of photographs of life on the Broads between the 1880s and the 1990s – sites like these are an invaluable resource for projects like these.

From my research, I have learned that:

  • Peat mining was a big trade on the Broads – in fact mining peat created some of the broads!
  • Reed collection was a big trade and common until the 1960s – reeds were used to thatch roofs.
  • Wildfowling and even eel-catching were industries that happened on the Broads!
  • Wherry Boats were commonly seen on the Broads as trading boats.
  • Tourism began on the Broads around the 1930s, but didn’t become really common until after the war.

I also looked at various documents from the Broads Authority and other local history sites to get more detailed information, which I posted onto our project Trello board.

My moodboard is filled with images that span the 1880s to the 1970s and shows all of these industries and activities.

I’ve found Pinterest a great platform to produce this moodboard on.

Project management

We set up a Trello board to work on and list the tasks that needed to be completed. Trello is a great tool that allows you to easily see what tasks need doing and when they need to be completed by. The interface is simple to understand and tasks can also be assigned to specific individuals with due dates and descriptions to help make finding what yourself and others need to do easy. In conjunction with the Gantt chart that I constructed, these will be the tools that I use for managing my time, project progress and the tasks that need to be completed.

The Trello board that we created for our project.

What’s next?

On Friday 25th we are going to the Beccles area (not Lowestoft as mentioned in my last post) to carry out user research with some focus groups and evaluate the area. The focus group interviews this time will be much more structured and I need to get some questions to ask them drafted by Thursday. The focus group will be a walking group, so it will be interesting to see what they think of the proposal and find out what they do on the Broads presently. There will be less observing in this user research session and more asking questions and getting solid answers.

‘Evaluating successful user-centred design’ report

I haven’t yet had the time to try and remove those 200 words that I need to be removed – mentioned in yesterday’s update rollup. What I have done is contact some industry professionals and arranged to have an hour with one next week to have a chat about how user-centred design helps businesses meet objectives and use a case study from his business to back this up. Furthermore, I’ve emailed the client that we will be talking about and asked him to talk about how working with the UX agency was and also provide some metrics to show that his own business improved as a result of good user-centred design.

What’s next?

Talk to the relevant professionals, get their input into my report and reduce the word count a little to squeeze it all down into 3,000 words! Then proof-read it all and hand it in!