Ohio State School
for the Blind
This Ohio State School for the Blind collaborative project involved an inter-disciplinary team of visual communication, industrial, and interior designers, along with one computer science student.
OSSB, like many schools, has lack of staff, funding, and resources. Specifically, in the music department, there is one teacher and one aide for all music, choir, and band classes of all ages. We were tasked with finding core problems in the music teacher's classroom and finding helpful solutions that could be implemented in the current space and budget.
Our team worked directly with the music department staff at OSSB to create a fun, interactive, and inspiring music learning system that could be implemented at a low cost to the school.
Primary & Secondary Research
We conducted primary research by interviewing the school's music teacher, along with recording significant elements found in the physical classroom. Our secondary research comprised of researching technology used to teach individuals with visual disabilities.
Our informal conversations were conducted with teachers, students, and staff of the school. Our topics ranged from resources needed, experiences and opinions that students of all ages had, and what is currently working in the system so far.
Casual Class Observation
Our team visited two music classes during the school day. Two team members focused on filming and photographing the experience, and three took notes on tools used, student interaction, and pain points.
Classroom Video Analysis
During one of these classes, we used a GoPro to film the class from above. We used this footage to map how students and instructors move throughout the space during the course of a class.
When scoping the overarching difficulties faced by OSSB's music teacher, we used journey maps, system analysis, and stakeholder analysis to find the key problems in the music education experience.
The main problems discovered in our research process included:
Space, Music, and Instrument Organization
Difficult Software and Technology Integration
Lack of Classroom Instructional Help
Ability vs Age, or How to Organize Classes
Students Facing Difficulties Holding Instruments
These key problems led us to three main focuses in our solution: utilization of space, music program awareness, and implementation of technology.
Moving forward, our team focused on improving the music education experience for both students and staff by developing an interactive, supportive, efficient space through reorganizing storage and classroom materials, promoting outward awareness to draw in volunteers and interest, integrating effective technology to facilitate lessons and activities. All with the vision to create an extraordinary, engaging, and enriching music experience.
1. Volunteer Program
2. Student Welcome Board
3. Wayfinding System
4. Independent Learning Modules
5. Sheet Music Organization System
Task Management & Organization
During the process of the project, I became the team member who would reach out to members of the group to check their progress, along with assigning any tasks that needed to be done. During the research phase, I organized our sources and analyzed our findings. I took the majority of notes during the observation process, and summarized them with the notes of the rest of the team for analysis.
Brand & Deliverables
As one of two visual designers on the team, we both worked together to create the brand identity for our space. I created the welcome board seen on the left, which begins the music class wayfinding system for the students. Finally, the other visual designer and myself worked together to create assets and animate our final proposal video, which can be viewed below.