25/03/17 – BeeKeeper Visit

On Saturday as part of some further research as well as following up on our project with our associated company/organisation we met with Jeff Davey again at his bee hives. This was the perfect opportunity to get hands on with bee keeping to get a better idea of what the process actually involves. We met…

Prototype further research

In order to create our prototype we realised that we would need to gather some specific information what bee keepers look for when they visit the hive. I sent an email to Dr Jeff Davey, who has been incredibly generous with his time and sent us this response: How often do bee keepers visit the…

23/03/2017 – Design Changes and User Testing Preparation

In today’s workshop session we reviewed the initial designs we had made. These were in the form on an In vision app prototype and an interface design made by Tom. Images of both of these aspects can be seen below. App Design – Interface Design – After reviewing the style of these pieces of our overall application…

App interface design

We started designing the interface that will store the hive readings by drawing out some wire frames containing all of the readings that beekeepers need to take.  

Design Phase – 16/03/17 – Workshop

In today’s workshop we focused more on the design aspects of our project now that we had an initial idea and low fi prototype finished. The main aspects we need to design in particular relate to the three different aspects of your application. The first element that will be need to be designed will be…

Question Everything

In the lecture with Antonio Gould he explained something that resonated with me. He was talking about how he was assessing a groups presentation and halfway through he had to stop them, because he didn’t understand what they were on about; with an intonation that described the fault lying in their ability to explain. This made me…

Initial Prototyping

We brought lots of craft supplies and met up to start putting together our initial prototype. We created a beehive to take readings from and lots of little Plasticine bees to add the ‘personality’ element that will keep the children interested. We will use this prototype to run through testing the system when we have…

The Hive Exhibit – Kew Gardens

I went back home last weekend and decided to visit The Hive installation at Kew Gardens (where I work). Kew Gardens have made a concerted effort to educate the public on the importance and fascinating nature of bees with this installation. They also maintain multiple hives, with specific wildflower areas on the grounds for bees and have…

13/03/17 – Brainstorming Session

Today we met as a group to discuss our research insights (1,2,3) and develop some ideas that have been floating around for a short time. To get a bit of direction we each wrote down different ideas on post-it notes and discussed elements of our project with one another. For a few weeks now we…

Bristol Museum behind the scenes tour

We took a behind the scenes tour of Bristol Museum’s gigantic collection of stored animal specimens on 11th of March. The tour was lead by Rhian Rowson who is a curator at the Museum. Rhian is intensely passionate about conserving the animals, the personal stories behind them, and the human/environmental impact on their lives. We learned that the…

Further Analysis -02/03/17

For this session we planned several tasks to complete. The first of these was to continue the thematic analysis we had completed on Monday. To expand the process further we decided to note down all the different ways we felt are methods to learn. We split these post it notes down into specific categories related…

Thematic Analysis

Having interviewed Dr Jeff Davey we were left with a lot of notes and ideas. In order to try to focus on what was important we conducted a thematic analysis exercise together. Each person took a stack of post-it notes and wrote out what they found helpful, insightful, or important. We then shared what we…