Miriam buchwald
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Scoop

 

INTERACTIVE PLATFORM TO EXPAND CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT 

Scoop

INTERACTIVE platform TO EXPAND CITIZEN Involvement

 

I chose to take on the challenge of low millennial voter turnout, by focusing on new ways of presenting current events. Because people are more concerned with issues that affect them locally, Scoop is an app that provides location-based news. Users receive notifications when events in their surrounding area relate to national affairs. Scoop offers an immediate selection of resources such as experts, conversation feeds, and traditional media outlets.

 
 

Framing

 

After deciding to address low voter turnout among millennials, I called the local election board in Pittsburgh to better understand the voting process. I then visually represented it through a map.


Interviews

After interviews and stimulus-based research, I designed a card game, paper prompts, collage pieces, and a survey to be left on dining tables. The results produced two conclusions. First, the "college bubble," inhibited students' relationship to politics. My second conclusion was that simple conversation provides an effective way to introduce and connect millennials to current events. 

 

Interview sample

 Interview Insights

Interview Insights


Stimulus Based Research

 I left controversial topics on public tables to see if they prompted conversations.  

I left controversial topics on public tables to see if they prompted conversations.  

Insights from stimulus based research

 Participants ranked desires in this prioritizing activity. It helped me understand millennials' needs.  

Participants ranked desires in this prioritizing activity. It helped me understand millennials' needs.  

 I created my own cards to watch people play a current events version of "Apples to Apples."

I created my own cards to watch people play a current events version of "Apples to Apples."


Survey

 A survey questioning what causes people to look up information.

A survey questioning what causes people to look up information.

 Insights from survey

Insights from survey


Design Guidelines

 

Set of design principles to guide the creation of solutions.

 

UI process

Sitemap

Wireframes


Low Tech Alternative

My low tech solution is a coffee shop tabletop with conversation cards corresponding to newspaper sections. the table encourages people to respond to current events, prompting conversation. Essentially, the table becomes an analog feed with multiple viewpoints, based on today's newspaper.

 

Topic cards mirror the sections in the newspaper

Instruction card to be left on table

Users can write questions and responses


High Tech Alternative

My high tech solution is an augmented reality system allowing users to connect national media with their specific location. With viewing devices, users can interact with virtual news blurbs and with a virtual friend to engage, through conversation.