Criterion A(.3)

Criterion A(.3)

Edison with you, Visitor, to help with your Design Brief (Criterion A.3).

First step, review what's on the list in the Rubric for your Design Brief.  I can tell you that it boils down to a summary of your design problem, user research and market research.  But the Rubric has the nitty-gritty details.

  1. Look through the checklist for suggestions of what you might include in order to build a concise and thorough Design Brief.  Concise is a key word here; you should only take half a page to write this section.
  2. One area that I've seen neglected in many briefs are the design constraints.  This is a short list and explanation of key factors that will limit your design opportunities.  Based on what you found out from your users, the market, or the problem itself, will you find cost a limiting factor?  Will there be weight issues to which you have to pay close attention?  Are there functionalities that you'll be forced to include, even if they cause problems with other aspects?  For your defined problem, what are the limiting factors.  There are always several and knowing what they are will really help you keep your design focused on feasible solutions (a key factor as you move forward).

Off you go now, to write your Design Brief, Visitor.

In the 3rd drawer down of the resource cabinet (the one with the long, flat drawers, by the couch), there are examples of top-mark IA project folders from 2016.  You're welcome to take one of each example for your own reference.  If you'd rather have a different example than the ones there, see Number One; he has several other electronic examples, too.

Add your Design Brief to your Criterion A.1 Google Doc.

Once you have your research documented in the Google Doc, add the link here for review.


All finished, so A3 is off for review.  Now it's time to get started on Criterion A.4 and A5, the specifications.  Number One will talk about these next week in class.

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