DfRL: Introduction to Project

The first project of our final year is called Design for Real Life: Science. In this project we are asked to work with live clients to help them communicate information & data that will help people change their lives or take a responsibility to look out for the well being of others. All the clients working within the health or public sector which means we are going to be working with live data throughout the course of the project.

“Communication must be clear and the science must be accurate” This is the sort of mantra for the project as we are working to communicate complex data and information. Keeping this in mind will help me when thinking about powerful concepts that work for the brief I’ve been set. We were placed into groups and given the briefs at random, the project title my group got is “Be patient, I have Aphasia”. This brief was set by Stroke Hub Wales and seems really interesting as I hadn’t heard about Aphasia before so I think that it should be made more aware of.

Throughout this project we will be working closely with our clients to ensure that we are getting their feedback on the outcomes. However, as well as working alongside our clients we are also being mentored by previous students from the course who are working within industry. I’m really excited by this as it will give me an opportunity to learn more and develop my work alongside someone new.

Research Frames Refresher

In the afternoon we had a refresher on the six research frames. We covered this briefly during our second year so having a refresher of them was helpful to get me backup to speed. The 6 frames are purpose, accuracy, point of view, interest, value and outcome. All of these have their own designated frame (visually) which represents them.

Purpose (Triangle) – This is about clarity of information, especially when a topic has a lot of different information with it. What information do we have? Why do we need this information? Where do we need to look for more? are the questions we should be asking for this frame.

Accuracy (Circle) – This is about understanding the voice of the information, who is and where has it come from. It’s about looking at the source itself. Where has it come from? Whose voice is it? and Whose voice is missing?

Point of View (Square) – The square frame considers the idea of bias, as there is always going to be bias in a source. There is always going to be different approaches to this. Whose point of view is it? Whose point of view is missing in the research? Again it’s about looking at the source.

Interest (Heart) – This is about finding a point of interest within the research. Look for something surprising within the research it might be a point of interest. What surprised you? What did you already know? How could this be communicated?

Value (Dimond) – This frame is considering the opportunities within the topic to develop, while also looking at what’s most valuable information within the research. Often using rating systems to do this? What’s most valuable? Whats a weakness of the information? Are there any gaps?

Outcome (Rectangle) – This final frame is about the next steps moving forward. Thinking about all these elements of research and thinking how can I move forward. For example using this method to break down a brief could mean you ask, Am I asking the right questions? Where are the gaps and opportunities?

After the refreshers we split of into our groups to break down the briefs that we had been given using this method. At first it was harder than we thought however, after a while we got on top of the brief and started to answer the questions relating to each of the frames. This helped us to start getting a basic understanding on the brief & topic as a group, before we go off and start conducting our own research.

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