Paper Wheel: Project Log

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Our group has met twice since we last posted a project log.

3/29 Meeting
We discussed the structure and operation of our paper wheel and talked about its design and appearance. The editors at Cengage suggested we use three layers on each side of the wheel, which would allow the user to move different variables at once depending on what information s/he is looking for. As a team we concluded this would be too difficult and outside the realm of our design skills. Having two layers on each side is much more practical. The full information for each citation would be centralized in one slice of the paper wheel. We also decided that one side of the paper wheel would be devoted to print citations, while the other side would be online citations. Also, our full list of 62 citations was cut down to about 60 citations by the client. We grouped the print citations into four groups: book, anthology, review, journal. This was also done for the online sources. We would divide the wheel based on those four groups and would color code them so the user can identify each group quickly. On the top layer of the wheel, we planned to include the Cengage logo and other branding information, such as the title of the paper wheel.

4/3 Meeting
We developed the prototype of our paper wheel during this meeting. We used a large piece of poster board to cut out three circles, which were then assembled as layers of the paper wheel. A push pin was used to attach the layers. Parker used her math skills to determine the exact size of each pie slice on the second layer, so that each citation would fit. At this point the paper wheel worked - which we were ecstatic about! We then colored the outside of the layer based on what group the citation came from. Next, we wrote a citation for each of the four groups on the front of the wheel. On the top layer we included the color coded legend, the title of the paper wheel, where we think the Cengage logo will be positioned, and a few example citations that we believe would be most frequently used.

User Testing: The user testing revealed that the citation categories could be grouped better. The "review" category seemed too abstract one person said. Other suggestions were to change the color of the font rather than use boxes.

Next Steps: Begin using InDesign to create a new version of the paper wheel. Meet with Dr. Hurley from Packaging Science to discuss printing options.