PERIPHERIES AND EXTREMES
These readings definitely helped me take a step back and think about how I’ve conducted research in the past – and how I want to move forward. It’s easy to accept a mindset based on the way things have always been done, but its important to broaden one’s scope when considering other experiences.
One thing that stood out to me from the different methods and ways of going about them was to include both extremes and mainstreams. Even when brainstorming people to interview, my mind tends to go to extremes – people who are passionate or already involved in the problem at hand.
This was part of our conversation surrounding our problem (sex education) and our audience, which originally was narrowed to women at the University of Arkansas. Aricka quickly pointed out that not interviewing men specifically, who are an active participant in things like hookup culture, would be a major disservice to our research.
I agree completely. It’s important to include audiences that are not just within your user group; you should identify all related audiences, people on the periphery, and include them in your study, too.
Another key idea from the Equity reading: “People are not born with prejudice. Prejudice and bias are learned through experience.” I feel like I forget this all of the time. I need to be forgiving and empathetic through this process, especially when dealing with a topic that is so important to me.
Being honest and understanding is key to getting a clear picture of an audience – I’m looking forward to starting the interview process with these ideas in mind.
︎ EQUITY CENTERED COMMUNITY DESIGN FIELD GUIDE
︎ FIELD GUIDE TO HUMAN CENTERED DESIGN