Synthesize, Research, Repeat

October 27, 2010 § Leave a comment

I see.

Since we last spoke I’ve been continuing my research using the methods I described earlier. Occasionally I’ll pull out my note cards and sort them, looking for key facts and connections in effort to make sense of sensemake the mass amount of information I’ve been going through. I was able to build a nice visual that helped me better comprehend the connections and engage others in conversations about my topics – local government, citizens, communication, visualizations, and participation.

The image above represents one corner of my synthesized visualization. Click here to view the full visual.

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Topics of Interest

September 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

Yowza

Click here for the full Areas of Interest Visual

A key method for success in tackling complex, ambiguous problems (such as identifying thesis research questions) is to create a visual model (or visualization) of the problem space. The one above is a map that covers my topics of interest to this point in my thesis project research and begins to build connections between the topics. Also identified are design lenses, which I will eventually need to establish.

It is always interesting creating these things. You never know what patterns or relationships will pop up that you didn’t recognize before and only were able to see once you started separating and organizing the muck.

LaboringĀ overĀ Visualizations

September 7, 2010 § 2 Comments

Local Govt Innovation visualI spent Labor Day weekend contemplating and creating visuals that displayed relationships and patterns within my content areas. Throughout the research process I have been writing and identifying key facts and concepts on index cards and Post-It notes. For class a week ago I had also created hand-drawn visualizations of my research.

Local Govt Innovation Design Vocation visual

This weekend as I sat down with all of my information I quickly became overwhelmed with all of the clutter content. I had a brief panic attack when I began considering how to visually show all the connections, details and information that I had gathered. Taking a deep breath I reflected back on my sense making training and decided to begin making patterns and looking for “buckets” of main ideas to place the gathered ideas into. Relationships and hierarchies quickly began to emerge. However, I was not satisfied with the first attempt and blew it up and began anew. « Read the rest of this entry »

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