Goodbye, Focus Groups. Hello, Friendship Groups! New Techniques for Design Research

The way people consume information, interact with digital, and how they live today are a complete 180-degrees from 30 years ago. So, why are we still using traditional research methods like interviews, focus groups, and surveys to extract the what, why, and how from users? Are focus groups really a better methodology? How honest would you be in a room full of strangers for two hours? Obtaining true motivations is not easily done with traditional methods. Emily Chu and Zarla Ludin of Motivate Design will present alternative, innovative methods such as friendship circles, quick hits, act it out, reality checks, and align behavior checks to help researchers more accurately discover user motivations and behaviors. The presenters will ask for volunteers to adopt certain user scenarios and demonstrate some of the research techniques discussed.