Unique Ways of Prototyping

Vancouver, BC

Livestream Craft Design Physical activity & movement Theatre Visual arts

*Please check back closer to the event for a link to the livestream. This workshop is built around a method called role play, which uses voice and writing to make, test, and iterate an idea. Participants are first paired up and assigned roles. One person represents a user, and one person represents a product or service that will be interrogated by that user. As a jumping off point, we might say that the product or service is a voice user interface like Siri. Once the roles are assigned to the the pairs, they have a conversation based on their roles; in this case, a conversation between Siri, and a person using Siri. This often happens for a timed interval of ten minutes. After the ten minutes is up, the second half of the workshop begins. In the same pairs, the same conversation happens except this time, we focus on variations of the product or service. The workshop concludes with a takeaway idea. Next time, try this process instead of in pairs, in a group of three, where the third person is a note taker who just listens to the interactive conversation between the pair and turns it into writing. In addition to voice user interfaces, this can easily be adapted to interrogate the relationship between users and mobile devices, or within more pioneering technologies like VR and AR.

Sat 03 Oct
12:30 AM – 1:00 PM

This event is free.

Organized by

Thomas Girard

Currently based in Vancouver, Thomas Girard is an offer holder at Royal College of Art London and slated for coursework at Wolfson College, University of Oxford. Born and raised in Vancouver, Thomas quickly shifted to living and working in India and China shortly after finishing his undergrad. In industry this meant working as a Staff User Experience Designer at a Lenovo in Beijing and Hong Kong, while in academia it meant working as a Lecturer, Visual Communication in Delhi and Shanghai, in addition to a sojourn as Assistant Professor just outside Mumbai.


Vancouver, BC

Event Contact

Thomas Girard