Critical Review

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215 days ago, I started my final year with an inkling of a direction I would be interested in pursuing, but I had no idea how far I would…

One Great Image, 100 Words & One Minute Video

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PDT Weighting

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  My PDT weighting: P 35% ••••••• D 25% ••••• T 40% ••••••••   People – 35%: The project is driven by insights and requirements gathered from real users and…

Day 212 – Videos of Interactions

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This post contains a series of short videos showcasing the key interactions embedded in the ~yougra.ph system. note: this is not my final one minute video. Signing up:…

Day 200 – Building a Web Application

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Tools: PHP HTML5 CSS jQuery JavaScript   Building out the web application was one of the most challenging parts of my project. Since first year I’ve been learning and…

Day 196 – Building a Messaging Service

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The final iteration of ~yougra.ph’s messaging service draws on much of the previous code that I had used for the Twilio messaging service in my Mark 1 and Mark 2 prototypes.  However,…

Day 195 – Data Structures

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Almost every web application and system deals with data in some regard. yougra.ph relies extensively on data collection and visualisation and as a result, I spent some time working…

Day 193 – Designing a Web Application

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  Up until now, I had been designing and testing with small independent components of what has become my final design. For my final iteration I needed to…

Day 190 – Coffee With Ryan (Made By Slurpp)

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This morning I was lucky enough to have an hour for coffee and project chats with Ryan McLeod AKA professional design freelancer (and sometimes one man studio/collective) Made By…

Day 189 – Final Brand

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From the very beginning of this project I have aimed to contrast the majority of mental health focused apps and services when thinking about brand. The few existing digital tools…

Day 186 – 100 Words

disclaimer: I’m updating this post as my 100 words evolves.   What: yougra.ph is a digital tool which uses text messaging and artificial intelligence systems to visualise disruptions…

Day 184 – User Testing

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In order to finalise my concept, create helpful text messaging replies and a useful online dashboard IA, I carried out a user test with my prototypes from my mark…

Day 182 – Mark 2 Presentation

Yesterday I presented my recent research updates, user test findings and prototypes in our Mark 2 Presentation. This was the penultimate presentation before our viva on the 9/10 of May….

Day ∞ – Link Collection

I’m going to continually be posting links to relevant resources in here as I find them across the year.   The Guardian – Living with anxiety: Britain’s silent…

Day 172 – IBM Watson

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I was recently pointed in the direction of IBM’s Watson API which allows everyday designer/developers like me access the power of  the Watson supercomputer’s ability to understand and…

Day 171 – Moriarty Printer

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As a divergent prototype investigating how the recorded Moriarty Score data could be visualised, I created a physical artefact. It was an idea I had had over the Christmas break, and I…

Day 167 – Research Sources

A brief list with my updated research sources – from coffee chats, detailed interviews and email/messenger interactions.   I am currently working on a 28 page A5 booklet…

Visualisation Research

I put together a set of slide decks with different visualisation and dashboard inspiration I have found.  

Day 185 – Designing a Text Messaging Service

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  Text messaging as data input was a decision I made early as a result of a survey paired with qualitative research amongst peers which told me that…

Day 162 – Focus Group

My friend and colleague Sophia, is also investigating mental health and anxiety for her final year project. However, her project differs greatly from mine through its focus on developing a product…

Day 154 – Moriarty Score

Moriarty Score: The relative negativity of a diary entry Used to measure the intensity of an unhelpful thought Measured by density of negative words 0% = 0 25% = 20…

Day 152 – Interview with Heidi Fettes

This morning I met with Heidi Fettes, a counsellor with Momentum Counselling Dundee. My friend/coursemate, Sophia, had already spoken with Tim from the Momentum team back in December….

Day 151 – MK1 Presentation Slides

The slides from my MK1 Presentation today:

Day 150 – Moriarty.ttf

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Using Victor’s Story as scenario inspiration, I spent part of the last week creating a font which highlights negative feelings without showing them. I managed this through the use…

Day 149 – Victor’s Story

One of the biggest focuses of my project in the last few weeks has been highlighting ‘negative feelings’ without directly showcasing them. This divergent path was inspired by a…

Day 147 – Mk 1 Prototype

DISCLAIMER:  This post is a work in progress while I change things around as my final MK1 prototype concept takes shape.   On Monday, I will be presenting my…

Day 145 – Trail of Thought Machine v0.2

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I spent an hour in the workshop making a better version of last week’s Trail of Thought Machine. The act of defusing unhelpful thinking on a linear timeline (writing…

Day 144 – Big Huge Thesaurus API Key

Today I successfully got an API key for the Big Huge Thesaurus API. The api will allow me to crosscheck words to detect if a word or any of…

Day 143 – Interview with Lesley Howells

Last Friday I took a bus out to Ninewells to meet Lesley Howells. Lesley is the centre head of Maggie’s Dundee. Alongside this, she is also a practicing clinical…

Day 142 – Weekend Reading: Messaging Interfaces

In my advisor meeting yesterday, Andrea suggested I reinvestigate the rise of messaging interfaces (something I mentioned at guru’s day). While the style of interface is relevant, I’m looking…

Day 139 – Trail of Thought Machine v0.1

UPDATE: v0.2 of TOTM Today I prototyped a device which allows the literal recording of trails of thought. The user can only write down one thought at a time before…

Day 139 – Keeping Thought Diaries

I came across a psychology today article with instructions for keeping a thought diary. Part of the article supports my current direction. “One of the most useful things…

Day 138 – Breakfast with Chris and Lunch With Graham

Looking to get fresh opinions on my project, today I had two tutorials with two tutors who aren’t my advisor. Here’s what happened. Breakfast With Chris: I should make a dictionary…

Day 137 – Callum Brown Crit

Today, we each had roughly 5 minutes with rAndom International’s Callum Brown to chat about our concepts. I gave him a very quick pitch of my current concept…

Day 135 – Feelings Words List

I began with a handout from Momentum Counselling, but I have since discovered more detailed lists online. Here is the a comprehensive list I have found. UPDATE: This…

Day 133 – ‘seven:’ Feedback

Last week I distributed ‘seven:’ booklets to five participants. After the week was up, the participants kept their booklet. This was because I wanted my participants to engage fully, knowing it…

Day 128 – seven:

Feedback I received from my concept presentation at the end of last semester suggested a requirement to gather ‘actual (or at least highly representative) content’. As a response…

Day 120 – Everything I’ve Done So Far

Here is everything I’ve done in bulletpoints over the last 120 days of my fourth and final year of Digital Interaction Design:   Decided to investigate anxiety and…

Day 98 – A Reddit Post re: Tracking ‘Suffering’

Reddit User eevee047 used Google Sheets to track how he/she felt every day of 2015 and mapped it on a line graph. Comments section: reddit.com/r/dataisbeautiful/comments/3z1mab/chart_of_how_i_felt_every_day_for_half_a_year_oc/ Highlight: What I’m most interested in…

Day 85 – Fry On Manic Depression

Day 83 – Catharsis

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catharsis#Therapeutic_uses   http://www.theguardian.com/books/2009/apr/04/writing-depression-catharsis-margaret-drabble

Day 75 – End of Semester Presentation

    Today I presented my research. Here are the slides followed by cue cards.   Slides:   Notes (I switched around the order at the last minute):…

Day 65 – Recap

  With the slide submission deadline for our end of semester presentation fast approaching, I thought it best to take 20 minutes to write down exactly what I’ve…

Day 57 – CORE Forms

These are the forms currently used at the University of Dundee Counselling Service for reviewing the previous week. It may not be able to give an accurate recollection of…

Day 55 – Counselling Service Interview

Today I spent some time in the office Caroline Adamson (Senior counsellor / clinical lead of the University of Dundee Counselling service) chatting to her about the counselling service’s…

Day 40 – Gurus Day

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Yesterday was Gurus’ Day – a full day of discussions with outside experts about our projects and the directions we were heading in. Using my PDT boxes as reference points,…

Day 40 – Typeform Questionnaire

I have put together & distributed a Typeform questionnaire looking at the place of communication technologies in young people’s lives. The aim is to understand how personal people…

Day 35 – PDT Boxes

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This semester’s second deadline comes in the form of designing and building a set of ‘PDT Boxes’. PDT stands for ‘People Design Technology’ and is a broad stroke used…

Day 30 – The Vicious Circle

For the last few weeks at 4pm on Thursdays I have been attending a University of Dundee Counselling Service run class called “Living Life to the Full”. The…

Day 25 – Organisation

After five weeks I’ve managed to find a way of managing tasks which works for me. Over the past three years I’ve jumped around different digital and analog…