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Tinytask research update

Sorry to keep you in the dark, but we’ve been working in secret! 🙂

For the past five weeks, over 100 students have been participating in our research. They will finish the experiment next week, and then we will start compiling all the results. I cannot disclose any details about the exact research setup now, but I will do so once we’ve analyzed the data.

Time to introduce the team!

Our research team consists of five people. First of all there are Pieter Desmet and Maria Saaksjarvi, both associate professors at Delft University of Technology (read more about them here). Pieter initiated this project and was my graduation mentor, so he was involved with Tinytask right from the start. Maria has a lot of experience with experimental research, and her knowledge was instrumental in setting up the research. Then we have our two research assistants: Hester and Muryani. They both study the master Design for Interaction at Delft University of Technology, and you can spot them in the photos below. Finally there’s me, but that’s rather obvious.

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Tinytask continued

Incoming! It has some time, but as of tomorrow I will pick up where I left off and start the further development of Tinytask. An exciting time lies ahead, here’s how the opportunity arose..

Pieter Desmet – my graduation mentor and associate professor at Delft university of Technology – has founded the Delft Institute of Positive Design, an institute which’ goal is to stimulate the development of knowledge that can aid designers in their efforts to design for human flourishing. And amazingly, one of the first projects that the DIOPD will support is Tinytask. I am immensely proud and grateful for this opportunity to further develop my thesis project.

In the upcoming months we will host an experiment on Delft University of Technology, where we want to measure the effects of Tinytask. We are setting up the experiment as we speak, so I cannot share any findings as of yet. Pieter and I have assembled a core team of enthusiastic and talented happiness pioneers, which I will introduce to you later.

If you’re interested in this project, note that I will post regular project updates on this blog. Additionally, I have created a LinkedIn group that you may join if you wish to be part of our network and/or if you are interested in collaboration: www.linkedin.com/groups/Tinytask-3818141

New name, new game, who wants to play?

The product is now named ‘tinytask‘ and the system has been given some final changes. Also, I am looking for people that are interested in participating in a user test.

The product has a new name! ‘I experiment’ was fine as a working title, but had some unintended associations (such as being part of Apple’s product portfolio, or being a seriously naughty web community). I wanted to find a name that is compact, sounds fresh and fun, and conveys the concept in a good way. After considering some 50+ names, ‘Tinytask’ has come out as the winner. The name refers both to the small and concrete assignments that the user receives, as well as the compact physical size of the keychains.

Based upon the feedback I received from my mentors, I’ve changed the system slightly. In stead of receiving all keychains at once, users will subscribe to the keychains, receiving them in batches through the mail. This can be observed in the system overview below (click on it for a bigger picture).

System overview

System overview

I am now working on the final design, planning and production of prototypes. In a couple of weeks time, I plan to do a user test with the system. If you are interested in participating, please send me an email or react to this post.