So in the excerpt of “Designing Interactions” by Bill Moggridge, he talks about different techniques for studying people and how they interact with things in their life. In the excerpt, he speaks specifically of 4 different types of ways of studying people: Learn, Look, Ask, and Try. After reading, I felt the “Look” type of study would be the most beneficial in a study, especially the “A Day in the Life” method. Basically, this method entails that the observer follow the subject for an entire day and document how he or she interacts with certain designs. Obviously, the observer would have to view the subject from far away since if he/she was close to the subject, the subject might change their behavior in response to them knowing they are being observed. Something this study would be useful for specifically would be seeing how people try to interact with certain devices or objects, such as televisions, washing machines, revolving doors, the metro-card machine in the subway, etc..
A project I would use this method for would be how people use their cellphones and what they use them for. I did a study on this subject before but my method for obtaining information was just asking people a series of questions. I realize now that people can say things they use their phone for but they really don’t. So by observing, I think I would be able to get better results.