Project 2: Elevator Experience Elevator Testing Round 2

This post consists of observations from two rounds of testing.

One Round: Wednesday, October 14 from 4:45 – 5:30PM
Second Round: Monday, October 19 from 1:20 – 2:00PM

On the last class, Jun suggested interesting insights about our first round of testing. She pointed out how when design was missing, people became panicked or confused. Taking some of the class’s critiques and suggestions, some team members came up with a list of 20 different design interventions that we could test in the elevator.

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Project 2: Elevator Experience Mon, October 12 Elevator Testing

On Monday, October 12, Garrett and Nicole went out to do some testing at the elevator located in the New Business Building at Montclair State University.

Nothing was prepared before hand, so Garrett, the team-leader suggested starting simple, by taping a 11×17 sheet of white paper on top of the elevator buttons. It was our first time testing, so we were not sure if we were supposed to get on/off the elevators, or if we were supposed to test both elevators at the same time.

Either way, there were not many students riding the elevators during the testing time period, but we were able to get two reactions from people on tape.

The janitor many later, ended up scolding Garrett and I for fooling around/playing pranks. Nicole attempted to explain to the Janitor that it was not a prank, but an experiment being conducted for a school project, however, he cut her off, and she was not able to say much to convince the man to hear her out. Nicole and Garrett ended up leaving the sheets of paper on the elevator buttons… Now that I look back at the situation, we should have taken them off. Sorry 😦

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6 CLASS CRITIQUE

We did not have class on September 29.

On this class meeting, we told Jun our idea for the Sound Sequence. We also brainstormed different ideas for project 2, the Elevator Experience project.

Jun seemed to like the idea for the Sound Sequence. During the critique, we took the idea a step further and agreed that if we were able to incorporate a compelling or visually stimulating interactive interface with the sound sequence museum installation, then perhaps the installation would not only be limited to history and educational museums like the Museum of Natural History, but also contemporary or modern art/design museums, such as the MOMA. It was a very exciting idea!

Sound Sequence Performance:

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Notes we took on Project 1 during our class critique

The elevator experience project proved to be a challenge. We did not know what we wanted to do yet. After class we decided to ride the elevator together as a group to get an understanding of what the elevators looked like.

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We went to the big balcony on the fourth floor and could see all the way out to Manhattan.

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