UX research and teaching

MOBILE VIDEO: QUANTITATIVE + QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS OF PRODUCTION TRENDS

mvideo-thumb3Role

Conceived and carried out full study.
Explored overall trends in the production of live-streaming mobile video from producers on Qik.com. Summarized motivations and practices surrounding the production of civic content.

Process

Five months of research. Textual analysis of 1,000 videos from 79 countries. Interviews with 7 active producers. Four months of analysis.
Quantitative analysis of 1,000 videos and qualitative interviews with frequent producers to understand the motivations behind production of civic content. Affinity analysis of texts, grounded theory analysis of interviews.

Outcome

Master’s thesis (2010) and conference paper (Mobile HCI ‘11). Presented findings in Stockholm.
Summarized findings and recommended design improvements for streaming video mobile applications.

Documentation

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MICROSPOTS: SURVEYING IDEAS ABOUT URBAN SPACES

microspotsRole

Planned questions with two others; designed survey & analyzed results myself.
Built on a study by my colleagues about how people understand, map, and value their cities.

Process

Reviewed prior research; composed survey questions; solicited responses via snowball sampling; affinity analysis of results.
We ran a wide survey on peoples’ emotional ties to “microspots”, or small places in their urban environment, based on 12 criteria for design of pedestrian landscapes by architect Jan Gehl.

Outcome

Received 112 responses from 11 countries, with media submissions.
Planned to turn findings into a conference paper and mobile app.

Documentation:

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teaching3-thumbTEACHING AT MIT AND ELSEWHERE

Communicating With Mobile Technology (MIT)

Teaching assistant in 2010 and 2011 for this class on mobile HCI and UX methods. In 2014, it became an online EdX class (Harvard/MIT) – for which I directed and edited all course lectures.

Promoting the Arts Through Design (MIT)

Sole instructor of this class in 2009, teaching students how to produce artistic products for clients. The class completed a promotional video to support fundraising efforts for the MIT Glass Lab.

Digital Poetry (MIT)

Teaching assistant (2010)

Introduction to Digital Media (MIT)

Guest lecturer (2010 & 11)

M-Generations: 6-month mobile filmmaking workshop with Kenyan group

Conceived and led in 2010, based on ethnographic research. I built relationships with community members and introduced the project as an accessible means of entry-level filmmaking. The project solicited visual diary studies from an intergenerational group, and they ultimately produced a collaborative film from over 200 individual clips. I also built project website.

Here’s an interview I did with MIT about the project: