Designing for Low-Literate Users in Rural India

Designing for Low-Literate Users in Rural India

Most of the projects we worked on in grad school focused on a specific segment of users—people with easy access to computers and the internet who can read, write, and understand at least basic English. Working at Digital Green provided us with an opportunity to work closely with low-literate and illiterate user populations in order to explore design in a new context. 

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The Role of Voice in International Development

The Role of Voice in International Development

This post examines how certain assumptions can affect the voice individuals have in society by using examples from the graphic novel Abina and the Important Men and the film The Gods Must Be Crazy. I explore Amartya Sen’s notion that a complete conception of development must encompass factors pertaining to an individual’s rights and freedoms, rather than solely economic factors as has often been done traditionally. 

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Omar and the Academic Reporting Toolkit: A User Story

Omar and the Academic Reporting Toolkit: A User Story

After doing initial needs assessment for a project at the University of Michigan's Digital Innovation Greenhouse, I composed a set of four springboard stories to help stakeholders understand how an existing system might change to address different types of students' needs. The stories supported a redesign of the Academic Reporting Toolkit, an interface for university members to access enrollment data, grade trends, and demographic information about courses. 

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