Survey + Analyzing the results
I interviewed several studio artists to ask them about their work habits, how they began as an artist, what problems they face in the studio and how they use technology in their practice. I collected all of their answers on post-its and started to group them together using an affinity diagram. I discovered that all of my artists were encouraged in the early stages, pushing them forward. This need never went away, but the arenas to receive feedback became less frequent.
I also discovered that while painters wanted to show their work, they didn't want to spend time updating their website or managing a portfolio for galleries. Painter Pat was synthesized from my observations and interviews, and helped drive the design for Studio App.