Reflect on your experience of the Bodystorming exercise by answering the following questions:
1. How did physically acting out help to explore ideas?
Acting out helped us to see some of the problems from different angles and at a closer level of detail, and this allowed us to explore solutions differently. I think that in our heads, we don’t necessarily go through every possible detail and scenario, so the process of acting it out helped us to see more of that detail.
2. Did you refine your ideas and solutions to the problem through bodystorming? In what way?
Yes, our original smart buzzer did not do that much. It was just a buzzer that told us when to come back to the doctors surgery. We realised there was a great potential to solve many other problems with the one solution. So we decided that we could put headphones into the buzzer for listening to music while waiting; and a screen so that everybody didn’t have to watch the same tv show on the tv at the waiting room; and so on.
3. What was difficult or challenging about bodystorming?
Some of our ideas were difficult to bodystorm, partly because we didn’t have the equipment, but also because they required a highly specialised setup (like suspending rows of chairs at different heights off the ground).
4. Does bodystorming lend itself to certain types of problems?
Bodystorming lends itself to problems that can be solved practically and physically. If it’s a problem related to aesthetics or something that’s theoretical, bodystorming becomes irrelevant, because the body doesn’t come into it. However, if the problem relates to physical interaction with the human body, then it will be more suited to bodystorming.