After a year of the new graduate program, I moved the Research Methods course from second to first semester, after it was clear from observations and student feedback that knowledge of the methods was critical right from the outset (not after a bit of prototyping, which had been my intention). Alex Wright took on Research Methods, leading students to present prototypes to the Museum of Modern Art:
Students developed a set of prototype smartphone apps for the Museum of Modern Art, based on a field study of museum visitors. After synthesizing their research findings and developing a set of personas, the students began prototyping and testing their product concepts. Finally, they presented their concepts to a panel of representatives from the Museum of Modern Art. These presentations reflect the research and design methods used throughout the process.