UX Designer

Google Design Sprint


Design Sprint Workshop by Google

On January 31st, I joined a design sprint workshop hosted by Google on the University of Washington campus. In this workshop, we learned about the value and activities of a design sprint, and then ran through a mini one.


Design Problem:

Students have hectic and busy lives with competing schedules. How can a calendar help?



User Research: HMW?

We gathered research in two forms: a lightning talk and a short user interview. The lightning talk was presented by a User Researcher from Google, and informed us of student needs, pain points, and goals for calendars, as well as various ways in which people currently collect and remember calendar items.

While listening to the lightning talk, we took notes on post-its by finishing the following question: How might we (HMW)....? For example, one of my post-its said, "HMW allow for collaborative calendars?"

After the lightning talk, we were able to conduct an interview with a user. Thankfully, because we were all students at this sprint session, we could interview a member of another team. We had five minutes to brainstorm questions to ask our interviewee, then five minutes to ask and listen. During the interview, we created more HMW notes.


Affinity Analysis

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Crazy Eights

We took eight minutes to sketch eight possible designs in relation to the themes found in our affinity analysis. The purpose of this was to push ourselves past initial ideas and quickly generate more. After sketching, each member of the team shared their ideas. This was a great way to see ways in which our ideas overlapped or diverged.

After sharing, we voted on our top three designs by dotting them with a whiteboard marker. At this point, we could be detached from our own designs and focus on what we thought was the best from our team sketches. My favorite design of my own was a calendar made up entirely of photos, which could serve as a way of reflecting on how you've spent time in the past and being more aware of time spent in the present.

One of our top two designs was a calendar connected to a printer which prints a to-do list and deadlines for the day each morning. This way, you have something to refer to and cross off as you go through your day.