D3@PSP Welcome Map

Hello everyone! This is Jennifer Cummings writing, a new facilitator for D3 @ PSP. This week was my first week with the teens. I had a great introduction to the D3 process from not only the designers but the kids, too!

Continuing the Map project for incoming PSP guests, one young student at my request deftly explained to everyone where we’ve been, where we’re at, and where we’re going in the D3 process both days this week. His mother was happily surprised to hear about this!

From the list of sites to be included, chosen by the students and voted on by over 90 PSP residents the students surveyed, details about each were researched for the mood or feeling, price point, hours to visit, and purpose of going to the site. The teens conducted this research in small groups and chose to work on the sites they were most interested in. Research took an entire session and as always the teens were very enthusiastic about utilizing the MacBooks to look up information. All the information was compiled by hand on Post-It notes to view all together on the wall. Seeing all the work done together was gratifying.

With all the researched map locations posted on top, teens designed symbols for each and posted them below.

With all the researched map locations posted on top, teens designed symbols for each and posted them below.

Group work for Planning It Out was a good practice. There were improvements in respecting partners and listening to each other’s ideas. The teens were thoughtful about what information guests may need or find interesting about each particular site.

Next in the process was to make some decisions about how The Map is going to look and feel. The teens viewed a slide show of map examples the facilitators curated. Each teen was asked for their thoughts on how well or poorly an example communicated information and specific likes and dislikes about the map design. From there we talked about symbols and icons to identify the sites. The teens had a firm understanding of brand/logo/icon use and were very creative. Each student sketched icons and thought through their effectiveness. The final symbol design for each site was put on its own Post-It note and stuck to the wall beneath the site description written up the day before. At the end of the session we were able to see two days of work and a big portion of The Map information all ready to go to the computer. We also re-wrote our problem statement: Incoming PSP families need to; feel comforted, meet new people, know of new places to go outside of the building. Our map will help these families to; relax, get out of the building when they need a break, and provide fun, safe places for their kids.

Myeeshia smiling proud next to her design. As a symbol for Mall Of America she drew a ferris wheel a shopping bag and the acronym MOA.

Someone’s proud of their design! As a symbol for Mall Of America she drew a ferris wheel a shopping bag and the acronym MOA.

There were a few new faces with us this week: a brother and sister and a couple younger kids. Everyone jumped right in and really seem to have grasped the process.

A quick sketch of the PSP entrance to consider where the finished map will hang.

A quick sketch of the PSP entrance to consider where the finished map will hang.

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Author:thed3lab

The D3 Lab is a collaboration between the Pearson Foundation's New Learning Institute, COMMONstudio design consultancy, and Nightingale Middle School in Los Angeles. It is one part idea lab, one part design and production facility, and one part "do tank." It is a place where students come to nurture and cultivate ideas, tackle big and small problems, and take action.

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