Rebecca Ramos Design Proposal: Evaluation by Lily Rose-Wilen
In this document I will evaluate the productivity of Rebecca’s design. I will use the 5 guiding questions I have used to critique my own design to evaluate Rebecca’s work.
- How effectively does the purpose/ function of this design proposal connect with the BRB Social Justice Hub’s intended community? Is it empowering and productive? How so? What evidence do you have to demonstrate how well this design aligns with the mission of the space?
I believe that Rebecca’s design is more for students who are not yet a part of the hub. Rebecca’s design, a monitor in the hub displaying informations about hub meetings, facts about the space, and social justice events at TNS and in NYC, demystifies the space, and provides information to students who might want to get involved in the hub. I don’t think her design is only for the intended community of the hub, because it isn’t targeted, but it is still necessary in order to bring the space visibility.
- How representative of the BRB SJ Hub community is the target audience you’ve selected?
It sounds like Rebecca asked random students using the hub lounge to view the informative slides she created, and answer a short survey about the effectiveness of her design. As we all now know, the students working in the hub are not usually representative of the intended community of the hub, so I would encourage Rebecca to be more targeted and intentional in her engagement approach.
- How effective are the techniques you’ve chosen to engage your target population?
I think that an interview method would have given Rebecca more creative feedback to inform her design. A survey is more likely to provide mindless, positive feedback, and it is difficult to use that limited information to empower the system.
- Does the documentation of the engagement process effectively communicate the value of this project?
No, because it is more of a lighthearted documentation than an informative one. The surveys, I assume, all look about the same, making the number of people surveyed less significant. Also, the surveys don’t include information about the productive/empowering aspect of the design, so I don’t think they fully communicate the value of the project.
- Which of the Design Justice framework points have you actively adhered to, and which have you not fulfilled? Why is that? How can you fulfill more of these points for this assignment? For future work?
I think that Rebecca could have involved the intended audience of the hub more in her design process. But the design still needs to be fully ironed out before it is implemented, and she could potentially involve hub members in the next iteration of the design.