Mira Kirvesmaki

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Week 5 of project

Okay, so I know it isn’t sunday, but I’ve been experiencing some problems with my blog and I’m still in the process of trying to migrate it from wordpress.com to my own hosting. The look of the blog will also be changing along the way (maybe even few times, before I find the one that is just right) so I thank you for your patience while I figure things out.

But lets get down to business. So the previous week was already week 5, which is bit of a scary thought. The week started with a personal tutorial during which I was guided to look for an example of few examples that I could really draw inspiration from. Something that could really ground and exemplify whatI want to achieve. So the rest of my week was divided between the hunt for an example and more academic research into behavioural economics.

This weeks board then gathers few things that I found along my search that I think might be useful. And believe me it wasn’t an easy choice on what to include. There are several aspects I wanted to include, but there just simply wasn’t space for all of them. Some of them I couldn’t even capture (silly iPhone is giving me problems with screen capturing certain things). I still quite haven’t really found that single example that I could use as a grounding pillar for my project, but that just means that the hunt must continue this week as well.

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Apps included on the board:

Day One





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Week 4 of project

Time again to look back and collage together what the past week has meant in terms of the project.

I am very happy to inform that this week has been a positive one. I’ve manage to take quite a big leap forward. This has some to do with the amount of thought power that has gone into figuring things out but a big thanks goes also to few exercises that I did during the week. I’ll introduce these in a separate post soon (promise).

So now for this hyped big step forward: I’ve decided to concentrate my efforts on looking at good deeds. How could I inspire, or challenge, people to do good? The idea draws inspiration from the progress principle and the basic idea would be to allow people the means to record any good deeds they do and thus inspire them to keep them up as well as maybe pick up some new ones along the way. To help people to feel more like they are actually making a difference and feel better about themselves and maybe even help others along the way.

This idea really ticks most of the boxes that I’ve been creating along the way. It plays to the idea that even small things can have a big effect, it promotes my values as a designer and really allows me to concentrate on crafting the experience. And above all, I have a very good feeling about it. I’m excited.

So this weeks board features a word cloud that tries to capture the concepts that have been relevant this week, with the most important ones highlighted in yellow.

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Week 3 of project

It’s Sunday and yes you guessed it: the week has once again whizzed by. I’ve dedicated most of this week to desk research looking into the fascinating area of behavioral economics. For those of you less familiar with this topic, in a nutshell it’s the study of what kind of behavioural aspects, social, cognitive or emotional,  influence our economic decisions. And no, I haven’t suddenly turned into an economist. These are important aspects that will help me understand better why and how behave in a certain way. For example: why they choose one service over the other, how to guide them through an application and what motivates people to do certain things. All of these aspects are highly applicable in the field of interaction design.

As is now a tradition (yes, the third time can already be called a tradition) I’ve made another inspiration board. This time outlaying the books I’ve been reading this week and for each book one quote that I thought somehow reflects the contents.

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And here are links to the Google books page for each book:

Advances in Behavioral Economics edited by Colin F. Camerer, George Loewenstein and Matthew Rabin

Behavioral Economics and its applications edited by Peret Diamond and Hannu Vartiainen

Drive: the surprising truth about what motivates us by Daniel H. Pink

Seductive Interaction Design: Creating playful, fun and effective user experiences by Stephen P. Anderson

What the dog saw: and other adventures by Malcolm Gladwell



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Week 2 of project

So here we are again, sunday has arrived. This week I’ve been trying hard to find that first stepping stone in finding the first step in creating the brief: a topic. While I have not succeeded in that, I am a lot closer and have now a lot better understanding of what I want and what I have to offer.

To summarize this week I’ve created another inspiration board and this time it’s filled with quotes that I find particularly interesting at the moment. They have mostly to do with small things becoming something greater. The whole becoming greater than the sum of it’s parts. I have found something quite interesting that fits this idea, that I’ll have to share with you, perhaps tomorrow.


The inspiration board of week two. Click on the image to see a larger version


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Week 1 of project

So suddenly it’s sunday. This means that the first full week of working on my honours year project is almost gone. To reflect on this I decided to make an inspiration board that sports words and images that inspired me and/or sparked my interest this week. Basically it’s a visual way to capture what I’ve been up to. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep up this habit and in the end have a collection of these that will reflect my journey.


So here is this weeks inspiration board (if you want to see it bigger just click on the image):




So many of the themes are familiar from what I’ve previously discussed here. My main purpose for this week has been trying to unearth the aspects that are important to me. Trying to understand what would challenge me, inspire me and take me one step closer to realizing a career as a designer. Even though I’m still quite far from being able to write my brief I feel that looking into what inspires me and why has really helped. I’ve identified some key aspects that I feel are important to me and now it’s time to start prioritizing them and piecing them together.


The image sources row by row starting at the top left hand corner:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11