Category Archives: Key findings

Content for design recommendations

I’m beginning to work on the design recommendation part of my thesis. Here’s my first pass at jotting down all the tips and actionable insights I’ve found throughout the year, in my literature review and from my own participatory research … Continue reading

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Presentation of latest research findings

While in San Francisco during spring break, I presented the current state of my thesis project at a local design agency’s “Lunch and Learn.” This was a great chance for me to practice presenting my work in front of a … Continue reading

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Beginnings of Design Recommendations

In December, along with my contextual interviews, I tested out some prototypes. I use “prototype” here loosely, meaning that I showed participants images and texts related to bottled water, and asked them a series of questions about their reactions. Images … Continue reading

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Findings from December contextual interviews

During the last weeks of the semester, I interviewed 7 people: 3 women and 4 men, ages 23–33. You can read and see details about the interview setup here. After some evaluation, I became aware of 3 key themes: Efficiency, … Continue reading

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The real problem (as I see it)

Last spring, when I was writing my thesis proposal, I searched for research in the field of design about creating persuasive communications for environmental causes. I found very little. This is not to say that such research doesn’t exist, but … Continue reading

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Insights from the Poster Session

During the poster session, I talked to many people about my project, the research I’ve done, and the questions I’ll be trying to answer going forward. Nothing earth-shattering came up—which is a good thing—but of course there were a few … Continue reading

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Summarizing my journal findings

I had 6 individuals participate in my journal activity—two women and four men. Three participants were between 25 and 30 years old, and three were in their 30s. The journals asked the participants about daily water-drinking behavior. They were also … Continue reading

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