Look, ask, try, learn

Ethnographically-oriented and qualitative methods enable researchers to discover relationships between people, artifacts, and contexts in the real world. While a formal qualitative study and data analysis is outside the scope of this class, in this assignment you will conduct some basic field observations in regards to how people cope with and respond to heat here in Phoenix.

Pick a setting that will provide context, inspiration, or a problem space for how heat is experienced in Phoenix. If this setting is not public, make sure to get permission from the people involved. Apply IDEO’s look, ask, try, learn methods:

look: what are people doing and saying?
ask: elicit feedback or participation from someone
try: simulate or participate in an activity yourself
learn: identify ‘thoughtless acts’, patterns, problems, or opportunities. you can learn from what you observed in context, or you might do a quick search to find related information online.

Write up your observations and notes. Describe where you went, what you saw, asked, tried, and learned. Include photographs or sketches of what happened.

Upload your writeup to the class blog under the ‘observation‘ category.

This assignment is worth 3 points
1 point for describing where you went and what you saw
1 point for asking or trying something
1 point for describing what you learned

Include pictures and/or sketches!!

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