The B2 Watchers are a neighborhood watch group located on the Northeast side of Jackson, Michigan. This project addresses the B2 Watchers’ desire to expand and gain their visibility in the neighborhood, increase community collaboration, and raise awareness about important information. An informed and connected neighborhood will ideally facilitate a safe neighborhood.
September 2015 - December 2015 (14 Weeks)
We conducted user interviews, analyzed survey results from the past, and participated in design critiques in class. From this, we had efficient iterations with partners, and we developed a sustainable, easy and inexpensive solution that met the group’s needs.
Previous experience with design thinking projects and coursework at the School of Information helped us conduct these processes in an efficient and valuable way. As individuals, we brought a variety of skills in project management, public speaking and creativity to the project.
Our solution is composed of two parts to address the two main objectives of the B2 Watchers. As part of our first solution, we designed a logo that clearly communicates the mission and the identity of the group. The second part of our solution a Facebook Page and a Bulletin Board as online and offline information sharing platforms, respectively. The group will use these platforms to share information about city ordinances, crime, and other useful information with the community.
Key Learning Outcomes
This project encouraged us to think about sustainability and civic engagement in ways that other projects haven't before. We learned that high-tech solutions are not always the best solutions because their complexities hinder sustainability. In this case, simple solutions, such as a bulletin board, sufficed for the context of the problem. We also learned to scope our solutions appropriately to match time and resource constraints.