Environmental Design to Sustain Users
While environments are becoming smarter, people may find difficult to identify truly beneficial solutions for their own needs.
How can people understand what they need without exactly knowing what they want?
The EDSU project aimed to define inclusivity and usability assessment criteria for technology-based devices for Smart Environments. The research, funded under an Italian public grant and in collaboration with Loughborough University, was developed following the Inclusive design methodology. The project was unfolded through literature-based research, ethnography, interviews, focus groups and wireframing. The final outcome was a prototype of infographic guidelines to support people in understanding the most suitable device for their home environment according to specific needs.
This project, as a result of the PhD dissertation, received “excellent” evaluation from the international PhD reviewing committee.
It was recognized for its success as user-informed decision-making process for future development of policies across Europe and received the First prize at the National Italian Award “ETIC” from AICA and Rotary International.
As a PhD researcher I fully learnt user-research methods spanning from qualitative research, scenarios with dynamic and static verifications, heuristic evaluation, A/B testing, usability testing, user personas, wireframing and prototyping.
The collaboration with multidisciplinary teams across Italy and United Kingdom allowed me to further develop organizational, management, presentation and networking skills.
I was also appointed as reference person for two research projects I developed during my PhD research residency.