BBC 2

No, not the channel. This time it’s iPlayer and the team that look after it and they were at our uni again to talk to us about the ways in which they gather data to improve the iPlayer and user experience in general. A lot of the data collection methods are ones that we were familiar with but it was interesting to get a better idea of how the BBC works. It was amusing when we were asked what we thought of the layout of the iPlayer home screen and I wasn’t alone in thinking that it is a bit cluttered and messy.

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BBC Idiation

Apparently that is an actual word and not made up jargon and yes, I did have to google it to check.

 

This is was the first of several visits by the BBC to work with us on the masters and they have some great, knowledgable people working for them. The morning was taken up with our visit to Orangebox so when we got back we had to do a quick catchup over lunch.

 

The BBC showed us several methods of rapid idea generation which were great as there wasn’t an emphasis on the quality of the idea, just (for now) the quantity.

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The first image was more of a warm up exercise where they got us to decorate as many circles as we wanted as quickly as possible. The second was to draw or write down as many ideas as we could on the grid of 8, we were allowed up to 40 seconds per slot and I loved this method. 

 

After that we looked at ways of honing our ideas and judging the merit.

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I feel I took a lot away from the day which I will use in the future.