Code for Cape Town’s  Grade 11 coding class was hosted by How We Might’s Chris Metcalfe at American Corner (at the Central Library) this past Saturday.

 

How We Might is a design thinking firm, based in Cape Town, that has worked on many different research, UX, and service design projects.

 

At the time, the learners had been using their knowledge on JavaScript to create a web app allowing goal setting and tracking, which could help other learners achieve more optimal wellbeing and productivity.

 

 

In the workshop, Chris highlighted the principles of design thinking focusing mainly on the importance of usability testing. He introduced the girls to cognitive biases in UX design, such as the IKEA Effect, which he suggested could insulate the future developers from valuable feedback that might improve their projects.

 

 

Using Chris’s usability testing methods and each other as respondents, the girls were able to measure how usable and intuitive their apps were, and how easy it was for users to reach their goals. The learners then spent the rest of the session working on further improving their web apps.

 

 

Lesson of the day? Learning to accept constructive criticism from team members will allow you to be more objective and achieve user-centred design – thus, creating products that are efficient and easy to use.

 

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