King of Two Wheels
Case: Prototyping for our thesis on urban biking. A bike challenge hosted in the workspace of our department (October 2011).
Context: MFA in Interaction Design, School of Visual Arts, NYC
Group: Carrie Stiens, Kristin Breivik

A map of New York City and 500 feet of yarn propelled four grad students to compete for the King of Two Wheels title. To encourage biking for transportation in the city, as well as to explore concepts for their thesis on urban biking, Carrie Stiens and I hosted the King of Two Wheels challenge in our studio space. We put four students up against each other, and asked them to manually track all of their rides during a week on a communal map with a spool of yarn. The contestants were also encouraged to explore the city, share the bike love by recruiting riders, and beg their studio mates to cheer for them. Whoever had the least amount of thread left on their spool at the end of the competition was rightfully crowned the King of Two Wheels. But even more important, in the SVA IxD studio people still talk about biking, lights, helmets, routes and the weather. Biking is part of our culture!

Testing scale and placement of the components of the interface.

A few of the challenges our contestants had to complete to get bonus inches cut off of their thread.

One contestant was honored each day based on achievements within the challenge.

Riders were encouraged to share the bike love through getting a team mate for the day.

The whole studio was encouraged to get involved through betting on a contestant.

Measuring the thread left on each spool on a bike wheel to reveal the winner of the challenge.

A little glimpse of tracking a ride

See behind the scenes from the bike challenge, and read more about the efforts Carrie and I are making to get people on two wheels on our thesis blog: