Building a justification and hypothesis

Below are the facets of a justification that we discussed in class on Friday. This breakdown should help you get started on how to describe the rationale for your project. Remember, in the justification, your convincing the reader why your project is appropriate and relevant. Do everything you can to describe the context, audience, and problem space.


  • Explain the context.
  • Who is the audience or user(s)?
  • What i unique about their needs or goals?
  • “How might I” statement.
  • What current solutions, tools, or products could the audience currently use?
  • Why don’t these solutions solve their problems?
  • Evidence pointing towards a better solution (through primary or secondary research).
  • Hypothesis.

Documentation (written after the design is complete)

  • Methodology and Methods (How did you get to the solution?)
  • Solution (Describe your design).

We also talked about how to construct a hypothesis for your justification. I'll copy my example of how to extrapolate the hypothesis from a HMI statement.

How Might I

How might I enable Ohio State Football players ⓵ to win a national championship ⓶ ?

⓵ Audience/Users
⓶ Goal 
ⓧ Note: no description of solution in HMI; intentionally an open-ended question.


The creation of a rock-solid defensive playbook ⓵ will allow OSU ⓶ to stop opposing offenses ⓷ and win a national championship ⓸ .

⓵ Solution
⓶ Audience/Users
⓷ Unique problem (that can't be solved with existing solutions)
⓸ Goal
ⓧ Note: now you can talk about the solution; Hypothesis is a declarative statement.