NYU D&T Session 15: Persona Design Continued; D&T in Kibera (Nairobi, Kenya)



  • 4:40 Check-Ins: Projects & Persona Design So Far
  • 5:00 Continuation. Note: if you need a refresher on the terms in these sheets, check out Keywords for D&T. Persona Design Exercise. Check in with your partner about their project plans, particularly if they will focus on the same salient social identity for their target user. If they are changing plans, discuss whether it would make sense to adjust your persona design. When you finish this exercise, please post readable (high-resolution) photos of your partner’s completed worksheets to your blog and comment on them; it will count toward your final blog post count. Please work in the following pairs, based on the salient social identities of your projects:
    • Tahmid, Munsu
    • Nicole, Michael, Ari
    • Alice, Shiv
    • Ishan, Mohamed
    • Alex, Abid
    • Jeremy, Tamim
    • Nabiha, Shahriar
    • Augustin, Rabiya
    • Sierra, Jaynaba
    • Camil, Ashia
  • 5:40 Preparing for Guest Speaker Joshua Ogure, Map Kibera Trust


  • Blog post, due Wednesday 4/3: Please take a look at the Kibera News Network (KNN) YouTube channel.
    1. The channel has been producing videos for eight years. Skim the video names and note any trends you see. In your blog post, please comment on why you think these trends are present.
    2. Choose 2 or more videos on the KNN channel and watch them. (Some relevant videos might include Innovation for Security in Kibera, The Plight of Disability in Kibera, Is Kibera Kind Place?, Youth Mappers Map Mthare, and Map Kibera Trains Moi University). Prepare 1-2 questions for Joshua Ogure regarding his work at the intersection of diversity and technology.
  • Blog post, due Monday 4/8: Make and document initial contact with an organization and/or individual who has the salient social identity (SSI) of your target audience.
    1. Depending on where you are in the ideation process, use either the SSI of your midterm and/or your final. For the midterm, the most common SSIs were class, age, and disability status. Please review the D&T SSI slideshow for other common SSIs.
    2. When you get in touch, ask 2-3 ice-breaker questions to the org and/or individual. These ice-breaker questions should help you start learning about their pain points, experience of bias, and other specifics that can inform your project. (If you’re unsure what to ask, we will workshop your questions in class on 4/3.)