giovedì 22 maggio 2008

mercoledì 21 maggio 2008

venerdì 16 maggio 2008

Some screen shoots ideas


These are our two personas. Jørgen and Helena.
Two people not far from eachother as age, but very different in their habits, life style and caring about money.
Jørgen is father and cares a lot about money. He has to pay back his student loan and the loan for the appartment he bought for his family. He also want to try to save money for his daughter's future education.
Helena is single and really likes to go out partying. She is studying graphic design and she is also highly concerned with fashion. She spends her money for branded cloths and especially for bags!

Rapid Prototyping

In these days we are having collaboration with the students from the 2nd year of the industrial design course.
They are going to help us to make an object in rapid prototyping related to our project.
Ingrid and I thought about a give away token that people who become part of our service would receive with the welcome package.
It is probably going to be something to attach to the mobile phone.

We got different ideas about the function and this morning we discussed those with Kjetil, Ida and Fredrik.
Some ideas:
- The object should have an organic, pleasant, soft shape. It has to be a pleasure to touch it and to see it.
- A led light could be embedded into it and it could switch on every time you make a payment transaction with your phone.
- The object can have embedded a RFID tag witch communicate with the mobile phone. For example when the phone and the object touch each other, the object can give the information to open the page of your bank e-mail account.
- It can represent which kind of customer you are. If you are VIP customers, because you probably make many transactions, your object would be different from the other people’s object. So it should be a range of products and it should represent you as a client of the service.
- It can show that you are part of the service (if it is attached to your phone) and so that you are able to make payment transactions with your mobile.
- It can change shape based on how your account is. For example if you have a lot of money on your account the object becomes bigger. So it is affected on how you spend your

mercoledì 30 aprile 2008

The importance of experience

According to Schulze and Webb experiences are very important and strongly connected with the product that provoke them.
When we design something we have to think to the experience we will create for the users.
There are moments we remember about the products we own, for example we remember the first time our mobile phone fell down, or when we unrwrapped our I pod.
Designing we have to focus on those hooks moments!

They showed us a cigarettes innovative packaging. In this case that brand is producing a product but also creating experiences, for example conversations with my friends about it. Maybe they don't sell just cigarettes but also conversation or the situation of meeting new people.

I'm glad I had the opportunity to learn from this two very talented designers.

lunedì 28 aprile 2008

Schulze & Webb

Today we started our adventure with Schulze & Webb!
They are interaction and product designers from London.
It was actually very inspirational and interesting.

As a first exercise we had to define our project.
Ingrid and I described it as:

“We want to create an accessible, trustful and attractive system to pay anything through NFC technology and to introduce it in the Norwegian society.”

Talking with them, they suggested us to work on a second layer level adding services to our system.
We have to give more values to it and more services than paying with credit card or with cash.
This question is very important: “Why our system is better than credit card and cash?”
In my opinion it is mainly because of the transaction history that you have always available on your mobile phone and because of the diagrams which show you how you have been spending your money. But we can do more!
Schulze & Webb advised that we should help people to manage their own economy, creating services that help you with money.
I believe this is a good street to give values to our system. They rose up the same questions I had in my head and now Ingrid and I have a path to follow.