Evaluation requirements for the thesis

I asked Tod what he expects in terms of user evaluations for my thesis project.  I’m sharing what he told me with all of my readers, here, so that they can get a better sense of what to expect (or not to expect). From this, I intend to provide a personal critical review, along with some anecdotal comments/criticisms from friends and colleagues, but not a scientific analysis or formal user study.

“For the system you are designing, I would put an emphasis on first and foremost building a really killer application based on your underlying research, grounding this in a discussion of important precedents and your reasons for doing this work, following the design process and how important decisions were made, capped with your own critical analysis of the system, including what works best, what remains most problematic, and what major challenges remain. If you wanted to do some limited user testing, that would be fine, but for this particular project I would be more interested in your ideas and your evaluation.”  

John, Paul, and Henry: Please let me know if you have any concerns about my plans for the evaluation part of my thesis work.


  1. Comment by John Maeda

    Posted on March 5, 2008 at 7:08 am

    If you are trying to prove your work is better than what came in the past, you need to define the metrics by which you can measure your claim.

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