At the onset of the project, there was no name for the project. It was important that the name reflected a basic idea of we were trying to achieve (or even trying to focus on). There was a lot of talks about the name, trying to figure various options, types, combinations but it was quite hard to fix on something that would be ideal. Here are some options we had:
The Humane Police Project • Beyond Borders/Barriers • The Right Side • Face It/ Do It/ Write It/ Talk About It• Simplify • For Your Help • Project Khaki• P&U • Humanising The Police • Bridging the Police Citizen Divide• Co-operation• PLUS!
It was only towards the end that the word PLUS made sense, coming from Police and Us. Pretty much what we are trying to look at, atleast at this point.
The official proposal of the project. The proposal is very important for us, because at this stage it puts into picture a lot of things. It is also allows us to look at we should ideally be focussing on and will also help us to set things into perspective. It will also allow us to redefine our goals as we progress.
The first presentation to the Microsoft Officials to explain what exactly we are working on and what the way forward is/ would be.
After a couple of discussions on what were the prospective themes that we could look at, we decided to start our brainstorming with a statement ” What’s Bothering You” and we came up with some real problems that we were/may have been facing for sometime and began our discussions from there.
It was also essential for us, as a team, to work on a theme that not just bothered us but also interested and intrigued us as well. This would allow for us to have some strong views and perhaps allow us to change them as well, at some point. It could also help us to build some solutions that may probably hold stronger value at some point.
Our “Whats Bothering You” chart looked quite empty at the beginning but as we discussed further, we found a lot of things that were bothering us, and began to discuss them in depth, the value that the problem actually held and whether it was feasible for us to go ahead with it.
Before choosing on a final theme and moving any further, it was essential for us to understand the brief very carefully and figure out what exactly would be required and what ideally should/ could be worked on. There were some keywords we drew from it:
data, needs, people, community
Further, how would/ could data ideally be used to improve life, local community and the world at large.
The brief also concentrated on the fact that the team should interpret the theme according to what they feel is important and it was to be on a specific theme and context that problems could be looked at.
Apart from this, the focus on entire design process and follow and exhaustive approach towards it.
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This blog has been set up to document and record the design process of Project Plus.
The project takes its brief from the Microsoft Design Expo 2013 that enables students from across the world to consider people’s real needs and respond with a user experience prototype, and narrative that explains their thinking. It also creates a forum for spotlighting design, encouraging “out of the box” thinking, by exploring students’ visions for the future of computing as well as honing their presentation skills and engaging with students from other design teams from around the world.
The theme for this year is to look at how data can be made more efficient and build a better community, a world and a life in general. How might data, particularly information that makes civic society run – bus schedules, election cycles, political information, first-hand reporting, volunteer logistics, sporting and media events – make for a better and more community oriented place to live?
How might this data help us understand the past, the present and predict the future with more precision, and how might an individual’s personal data be used to help filter and make information more relevant in different contexts or situations.
What are key problems this data can be used to help solve, what new troubles can we anticipate it creates?
The details of the entire Design Expo 2013 can be found here.
At this stage we have been looking consistently at various aspects of data, databases and prospective themes as well.