Online Journalism: Fall 2009


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Readings, Links + Reactions for 9-25-09

study shows texting the preferred communication medium of college students

A great overview of paper prototyping
Some good tips for prototyping
Why low-fi prototyping kicks ass
A shorthand for designing UI flows


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  1. as oer “College Communications”

    “A recent survey of about 300 college students . . .” That is not possibly representative. Although, yes, I do agree most students have a cell phone and texting is increasing. Of course. What is the definition of “mobile communications device,” by the way? Is that a cell phone? I’m going with cell phone. Do pagers count? Email has to be rising in usage as well though. I think that will have to remain the primary means of communicating in the business/professional world for the near future.

    I don’t think I’ve seen an ad on my phone? Unless I’m on a site? Anybody?

  2. Margaret Smith says:

    “Text Overtakes IM, Email, Voice Among College Mobile Users”:

    This was an interesting article, although I don’t find any of this information particularly new or groundbreaking. Maybe it’s just because I’m I’m a college student myself, but I think it’s pretty obvious that texting has become the main form of communication for students mobile users. Even when you walk around Columbia you can see people looking down at their phones and typing away all the time. Texting is easier, it’s faster, and for people that don’t like talking on the phone all the time, you can get the same thing done. I think college students like texting, too, because it’s a good way to pass the time if you’re bored and have nothing to do when you’re just standing around and waiting for class or something. One thing that the article didn’t touch upon that I think would have been interesting, however, is voicemails. Are voicemails still useful? Do people still check them? I certainly don’t listen to mine all the time, and many of my friends don’t either.

    Prototyping Articles:

    Lots of good information here on what prototyping is, why it’s useful and what’s the best way to do it. The two things that struck me the most, though, were that prototyping is useful because it not only let’s everybody have a say in the design process but also is the easiest way to test out the model on your client and the general public. I’m glad I took the time to read these articles before prototyping my own work.

    P.S. Norman, I agree that 300 college students may not be representative, although I think they wouldn’t have gotten very different results had done the survey with more people. I’ve also never seen an ad on my phone, but recently I’ve gotten some telemarketer calls, so that’s new.

  3. jeffbiertzer says:

    study shows texting the preferred communication medium of college students: 300 students is not enough to conclude anything, and I thought the article took an unexpected swing from statistics on phone use to a quick blurp about advertising.

  4. Laura Kozak says:

    “Text Overtakes IM, Email, Voice Among College Mobile Users”:
    I agree with Norman that the survey of students wasn’t nearly big enough. Also, it was taken from only one university, Ball State, located in Muncie, Indiana. That’s a relatively small town with not a whole lot to do in it. I’m not saying I disagree with the findings, because i think they are accurate and indicative of a nationwide trend, but I think the research should be a little more detailed.

    I have gotten several ads in text form on my phone and it is very annoying.

    Prototyping Articles:
    I was amazed at how simple and effective paper prototyping is. And it allows for so much more to happen more quickly than if you were to actually build something of substance. In the “A List Apart” article, they even encouraged you to have the tester draw out what they expected to come next. How great is that? The person who will be using the tool can not only tell you, but show you what they want and how they want it. I’m amazed I’ve never heard of Paper Prototyping before this class.

  5. Evan Minsker says:

    The story about study showing that texting is more popular than IM, e-mail, et al. – Yes. That’s absolutely what’s happening. But what of it? It’s no surprise that people are texting and it’s definitely not a surprise that people get annoyed by text advertisements. What is surprising? The fact that WordPress is telling me that “texting” isn’t a word in the dictionary. Get with the times, Internet.

    A List Apart – What was most valuable here for me was the way they tell you to ask the tester to tell you what they think should come next. It’s so simple, but it’s perfect. It’s a direct link to what people imagine, which alternatively, gives you an idea of what they want.

    Why lo-fi prototyping kicks ass – He points out two things that I found to be true in my prototype. First, that the testers tend to be more honest and blunt when the work isn’t pristine or hasn’t been labored over for hours. More importantly, it’s a blueprint for interactive design instead of digital design. It makes you think critically about how the core of your object works.

    Shorthand – Flow charts are always good, and perhaps it would be a better way to organize my thoughts instead of just trying to remember everything as I go.

  6. Stillmaker says:

    The study said only 27 percent had smart phones…I’m a little surprised by this number, it’s pretty low. How have these students not found the endless possibilities of a smart phone. It’s a computer that fits into the palm of your hand. I do have one suspicion though – how is it that we can have these devices strapped to our heads all day long, but yet no one has died of brain cancer?

    As for texting being our commonplace language – no surprise there. The only thing I ask of texter’s is to at least try to practice perfect grammar. Wnt sud t bell – the sadly I know what that fragment means, thanks Mr. Honcho.

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