Interviews for Research on Renter Rights in Fayetteville

            Over the past couple weeks my group began to perform interviews and sending out surveys. There were two different surveys that my group sent to people. There was a survey for tenants then one for landlords. The survey for landlords was because we wanted to know how much their know about the laws and how well they keep their places. The tenant survey was to what was wrong with their apartments. By surveying both the landlord and tenant, we were able to get both sides of the story. The interviews were more towards people who, we thought would have a good insight into the problem with renter rights in Arkansas. We interview international students and attempted to interview experts who work in the legal apartment dealing with renter rights.

            From the surveys, we learn a lot from tenants and a little from landlords. The tenant survey had 18 responses that gave us an insight about broken things, communication issues, time to get someone to fix things, and health issues. From the landlord survey, we had 2 responses from our former landlords. We learn that one of our landlords did not know the laws about renter rights and they have only been renting property since about beginning of summer. The other landlord knew the laws and seem very well inform about laws that are current and past laws that effects how they run their property. From the interviews, we were able to have a good understanding of what the international students do to find a place to live here. One of the international students had a lot of trouble because of the laws and how things run here. Another international student had the exact opposite experience with moving here. They were able to find a place to live because they lived on campus the first year. Then knew people who had found a good place that rents to international students. Having both views of experience is good because it shows different places and how they treat people and how much more they do than what the law says they have to.  ​​​​​​​
Human Center Design: Data Visualization
During this project, we study another classmate’s data that they collected over four months. The classmate I had, she collected data about her schedule and her lunch. While studying this data, I notice that her lunch during the week was a lower quality than during the weekend. From that point, I began to study what was she was doing during the week and not during the weekend. The piece of data that stood out was that she did not travel anywhere on the weekends and during the week she had about an hour worth of driving. Not having that drive time on the weekends allow her to cook a higher quality lunch.
Design Research: Michael Gibson
Michael Gibson is the Interaction Design MA Program Coordinator & Professor. Gibson focus as a design researcher has been on children’s health and education, design education, urban revitalization, and the development of interactive visual communication. His most known project is the Wellness Alliance for total children’s health of Denton County. This was a project mainly a website design for Denton County focusing on children’s health and mental health.
Research Diagram
This diagram was created by JJ Perez, Stevie Petet, and I. My main focus during the creation of it was to gather information and to make sure that we have everything we need. 

Interviewing is an important step of research relating to data involving people and their stories. It is a good way of collecting multiple data points. You are writing down what they say as a data point, but also body language and their surroundings. All of these data points could lead to a different result than expected. For example, the research on new products design to help low-income Mexicans save money. Going into the study, they probably thought these really not saving any money. Which after the interviews, they realize that these families save money in different ways than the bank. It was a different result than expected.
Getting People to Talk: An Ethnography & Interviewing Primer

One of the biggest takes away from the Getting People to Talk: An Ethnography & Interviewing Primer is bad habit while interviewing someone. I did not realize I had all these bad habits while I interview people. Some of those habits are nodding your head, saying yeah while someone talks, using a statement like “that’s interesting” as a jumping point to your next topic, etc. When gathering data, interviewing could be a very helpful process. For the research that the group I am in for my class. Interviewing will be a big part of our data gathering. Knowing how to interview well will be crucial. Another take away is how we step into someone shoes to understand their perspective after we gather information about them. This is interacting with their environment. For example, say you just gather information about a shop people spend a lot of time at. To understand their perspective, you should go to that store as a custom. It could give you an insight that you could not gather from the interview. ​​​​​​​
What Does it Mean to be a Human-Centered Designer?

What does it mean to be a human-centered designer? This is the question at hand and the focus of this article. It starts by stating that all problems are solvable, no matter how big they are. When people and designers began to truly believe that statement is when true impact happens. First it takes a certain mindset to believe that statement. The article states there are seven mindsets which are: empathy, optimism, iteration, creative confidence, making, embracing ambiguity, and learning from failure. Out of those seven, I believe that learning from failure is one of the most important ones. I believe this because learning from failure teaching you lessons that you would not learn from anything else. Lessons that you can take into other projects that gives you a new mindset and new solutions to the problem at hand. Besides these seven mindsets, there is a process to human-center design. The process is three steps that is helpful when taking on an array of problems. The three steps are: inspiration, ideation, and implementation. Each step allows progress that leads to a real solution. Which that solution could lead to real change and impact. Human-centered design is a lot more than just designing something to fix a problem. It’s understanding the lives that will be impacted and how the design will impact those lives. ​​​​​​​
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