FILL IN THE BLANKS
WHAT IT IS:
Once we have an abstract sense of people's
priorities and interests, we can work with them
in an open-ended, exploratory fashion to craft
an interface design and potential content or
interaction models through the use of
whiteboard sketching and ﬁlling in the blank
interface elements. This low-tech and lowﬁdelity exercise empowers each participant to
build the design of their dreams.
WHY IS IT VALUABLE:
• Immediately exposes a participant’s mental
model around how they would organize
content or functionality
• Allows personalization and tailoring by each
EXAMPLE: We created an activity where the participant could generate their ideal
TV interface. They were provided with a blank set of user interface assets on a
whiteboard with a ceiling-mounted camera pointing down. A TV was placed in front
of them that showed their designs in a 10-foot view. This activity was preceded by
two Narrate activities to understand what would content would be most relevant
for their interface, based on their TV-watching habits in diﬀerent situations.
WHEN TO USE IT:
This must follow a Narrate activity or a set of
priming activities, so they are thinking of
content that may populate the interface.
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