It’s 4:30 p.m., we just got back from Iowa DoT, and we are done rapid prototype testing. The stress is gone and Its a good time to be alive. This past week has been a little stressful with finishing our poster, adding to our article, prototyping, and setting up the scenario to test a subject at Iowa DoT.
I think this morning was the peak of our stress. We were supposed to be ready at 1pm to leave but it was 12:58 p.m. and we were a mess. I was laying out all the screen pictures on the table, kate was revising pictures on her computer to print, and chris was fixing the survey we had to ask.
1:05 p.m. Quinn asks us if we are ready to leave as I was cutting some of the prototypes and I said, “yeaah almost”. I looked over at Kates computer screen and still saw her editing photos that needed to be cut and pasted. Then chris comes over and frantically helps me cut everything out.
1:07 p.m.: everything is cut and now we are waiting on kate to finish editing some of the photos.
1:09p.m.: we are printing the photos as Quinn stands over our shoulders trying to pressure us, but Quinns too nice to actually get mad at us.
1:10p.m. Everything is printed but not the right size. *panics internally because there is no time to fix this
1:12p.m. accepts faith and gets in the car to go to Iowa DoT.
The funny thing, we were still in high stress in the car as we cut out the remaining paper components for the prototype.
Thankfully, everything got cut, and everything was done by the time we got to Iowa DoT.
When we got there we were taken into a conference room with four managers, our major professor Dr. Sharma, Jamiahus, and Quinn.
The testing and data collecting was a lot less stressful and more enjoyable than I expected. The managers were very receptive to our prototype and its design. There was a lot of research in multi-tasking, user experience, and user-intuitiveness that went into the design decisions we made. We also realized there was a lot of coordination that had to go on when we were making the prototype to use correct locations and photos that the managers would recognize.
Thanks and Gig’em