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Pigeon storyboard: Study Abroad

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Pigeon could be used by US undergraduates studying abroad; here’s a storyboard exploring this idea as a user scenario:

More recently, I’ve been considering Pigeon for use in a developed context, and I think this has confused my work a bit.  This issue also came up in my crit.  In talking to Colleen, she said “if you design for the developing world, it could be useful for the developed, but if you design for the developed, it will probably not be useful for the developing.”  I’m really going to focus on developing areas moving forward.  Furthermore, I’m going to spend my next prototyping cycle exclusively considering how to communicate about Pigeon.  I’m going to develop other storyboards, other stories, and perhaps a short “commercial” explaining Pigeon.

I want future presentations of Pigeon to be much more narrative.  Any explinations of technical developments need to be embedded into a story about how this idea for a new system will impact people’s lives.

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October 22nd, 2008 at 1:12 pm

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Role Prototypes

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Originally, Pigeon was imagined with international use in mind.  When speaking with people though, local use seemed to be something that kept coming up.  An old prototype of four sisters spreading gossip works locally or internationally.

Pigeon could also be used by groups of local friends to organize outings as shown in the following role prototype:

It would be an option to build a similar system based on beeping, which I proposed in my summer paper.  “Beeping” is calling in and hanging up before the other person answers, generally to indicate that you want them to call you back.  A system could recognize missed calls and then set a caller’s profile as active for a certain amount of time.  During the active time, text messages could be sent to the user informing them about their friends who become active in the system.  Below is a visual exploration of how such a system might work in people’s lives.

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September 14th, 2008 at 3:33 pm

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