So I'll be starting my diploma project (a one-semester thesis) in January. It's all a little surreal, considering it seems like I just started at AHO.
I'm very excited to be working with Schibsted NextGen, exploring the future of news. I'll be dividing my time between AHO and the Schibsted offices here in Oslo, working directly with the NextGen team. The poster summary of my proposal is below - keep reading for more details and the full proposal document.
NextGen is an experimental design lab embedded at the heart of Scandinavia's biggest publishing house. Their mandate is to develop the next generation of publishing products for Schibsted, built on solid user research and UX methods.
My project will take an experimental approach. Using futures studies methods, I will explore possible futures for the news and journalism in the first stage of the project. I will use design to make these potential futures tangible through conceptual products - a process called reverse archaeology. In the second stage I will test and analyse these concepts with users - readers, journalists, editors, and others - to set design criteria for a final, future-oriented design. This design will be detailed and tested in the final stage of the project.
My full project proposal is available here.