As a group we met to conduct a thematic analysis of our findings from the previous week’s visit to the M-Shed. We did this by setting a timer and allowing each group member to talk without interruption for a set amount of time about their thoughts and ideas. While they did this the other members of the group sat and furiously wrote down anything that stood out as important or interesting onto post-it notes.

Once each person had been given time to speak we stacked all of our note fragments and insights together to begin sorting and grouping them based on similarity.

Research and thematic analysis

Using thematic analysis we were able to narrow our focus and come up with codes to make sure that everyone was on the same page. We realised that we needed to focus on:

  • Technologies
  • Space
  • People
  • Context

Once we had grouped our findings we were able to start to assign codes that would help us to focus on what areas were most important. This will be helpful for us to refer back to as we start to solidify our ideas and create a design brief to make sure that we are working towards creating solutions that are relevant.

As a result of our thematic analysis we started to form some ideas as a group. We were each interested in showing the rich political history of Bristol graffiti as well as having people be able to interact and contribute their own artworks and opinions. We also wanted to prompt a discussion on how people feel about graffiti as a form of self expression and social change.

With this in mind we started to discuss what technologies we could implement that would fit the museum space, the target audience and how it would fit in the wider context of the rest of the museum.