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Plain cover March 5, 2010

Posted by Austina Lin in : Exer3: User Scenario , add a comment

The problem:

To create a prototype that gives a different impression from the outer look and the inside. 

The Book:

The outer look of the object is a book with unappealing plain cover. Instead, inside of it have an attractive piece of artwork and a good strong scent that will act as a response to users action.

User scenario:

A person walks toward a table and found a boring plain covered book lays on it. There is nothing else besides the book on the table and thus he or she starts to wonder what the book is for. But if there is another object around, the person might just pass or even not notice the existence of the book. But then as the person wonders, he or she opens up the cover and finds a pretty pop up piece of artwork that changes his or her first impression of the boring cover. The inside of the book now gives a better visceral response to the user. He or she can also smell the strong scent once the book is opened and it changes the atmosphere around. It now gives a better impression to the person. After finish enjoying the artwork, the person closes up the book and leaves. He or she might then learn a saying from this experience. “Do not judge a book by its cover” The underlay meaning of the phrase suggests people not to determine the worth of something based on the appearance. The inside is much more worthwhile.

User Scenario-The melancholic present March 4, 2010

Posted by Danyang Zhang in : Exer3: User Scenario , add a comment

The Problem:

To create a prototype that exposes the ugly truth behind the perfect appearance such as corruption of a government which will evoke among the users a sense of sympathy and guilt.

The Gift:

The object will be a perfectly wrapped box with beautiful wrapping paper and neatly tied ribbons.

User Scenario:

The user sees the wrapped box with ribbons. He/She knows right away that it is a gift. The first instinct is to focusing on the perfect wrapping, admiring the superficial appearance. Then, the user unties the ribbons and unwrap it. He/She sees the inside of the gift. He/She discovers that the actual foundation of the frame is made of used cardboard and put together roughly with tape. Inside the box, the user finds several old and wrinkled postcards. These postcards reveal the pathetic situation that people live in. The user sees homeless child seeking food on the groud, poor elderly working hard in an unsanitary environment, etc. The user realizes that the pretty appearance of the box signifies the outside look of a country, a government, or a society which reveals only the best part of itself to foreigners. For example, a certain country could give people the feeling that t is very powerful, wealthy, developed, and advance in science and technology. However, only its citizens know how the government is corrupted and how the majority of people live in poverty serving the higher class and being discriminated also by the same higher class.

This prototype reveals the ugly truth behind the surface that has been faked for others to see.

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