• Trey Hahn

Idea Surfaces Method

In addition to the 4 methods that served as the base for the Bicycle User Experience concept, this blog will be translating more human centered design methods to the context of street design for everyday biking. These blog posts are initial explorations.


The fourth method we'll explore is Idea Surfaces.



What: Collection of people’s design ideas and personal feedback given spontaneously and in context on a surface in the street (e.g. chalk on the street, a poster board attached to a lamppost).

Why: Gather contextual and diverse ideas for a street in an accessible, easy, cost-effective and public-facing way.

End Goal: Learn about what people want and gain a multitude of design ideas to inform a street design that fits riding a bike into everyday people’s lives.


(Translated to the context of street design for everyday biking from traditional design method: Graffiti Walls.)

What are your thoughts? How do you think this method could be used in practice, and by whom (planners, advocacy groups, elected officials)?

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