So far on our blog, we have introduced our project and our methods of engaging students to develop our design. Our methods have been game-like workstations where students are asked specific questions about how they use and like the campus, what they want to see, what their priorities are, even what colors they propose. We have also met with two graphic design classes at Gunn and with smaller focus groups to gather more information. We have received a lot of positive encouragement from students, teachers, and parents - which is making us feel like everyone supports a new color scheme that is not too flashy or overly colorful.
Here are our results! Some of these are easier to share in their original form. For others, we created graphics to capture and visually represent our information.
WORKSTATION 1 - Campus Color Questions. Each student selected a sticker packet based on their class. Using a scale from 0-10 (I hate it to I love it), they were asked to answer each question with one of their stickers.
OUR TAKEAWAY - Most students identify with Titan Pride and land in the middle on how they like their current campus paint scheme. The color wheel was interesting - hardly any students selected certain colors. We focused this question into specific color palette options in our focus groups and our surveys which were issued this past weekend.
WORKSTATION 2 - Priority Mapping. Each student selected a sticker packet based on their class. They were asked to place a sticker on each map asking questions about how they use the campus. You can click on the images to scroll through and see all of the maps.
OUR TAKEAWAY - Students enter school near the bike racks making Spanenberg one of the first buildings they see each day. Where they eat lunch is often the same location where they hang out with their friends, and these areas are divided by class. Since Spangenberg is so large and central to campus, it was also selected as a location for public art and murals. Gunn students appreciate their social time and indicated their favorite parts of campus according to where they hang out with friends.
WORKSTATION 3 - Vision Wall. We left sticky notes and sharpies out for students to use in their responses to our prompts. We asked the question, "how do you want the new campus color scheme to make you feel?"
OUR TAKEAWAY - Students want to feel uplifted and supported, they want the new design to make them feel inspired, creative, and stress free.
WORKSTATION 4 - Priorities Buckets. For this station, we had ten labels on one bucket each. Each student was given three tokens and asked to pick out their top three suggested improvements.
OUR TAKEAWAY - Social time is very important to Gunn students. Out of our 10 priorities, they indicated that social space, campus community space, and murals were there top 3.
Based on these public events, we feel we have captured feedback from roughly 200 students, about 10% of the school population. All of this has already helped us dive deeper in focus groups and begun shaping our design. We look forward to sharing our results from our online surveys next!