1. How did engaging with a real person, testing with a real person, change the direction your prototype ?
Honestly, it is quite difficult for a lady of liberal arts to know about an unknown gentleman of science. At the beginning I just tried to ask him some basic information like name, age and hobby to catch a pointcut for further understanding. When he talked about he is a practical man and gift is hardly meaningful for him, I feel a challenge, and which motivated me to dig deeper. Gradually, I found his opinion that gifts don’t mean better relationship, which enlighten me to add more loving and emotional elements into the gifts.
2. What was it like showing unfinished work to another person?
My heart was palpitating when presenting a crude gift to my partner. I observed his facial expression when explaining the design and functions of the gift. Sadly, he is a man without much expression, but he told me the gift I designed was his type. Happily, he also gave me some useful feedback which reminded me to focus on the details.
3. As a User, how did you interact with your partner’s level of lowly-resolved prototype; how did the level of resolution impact your experience as a user?
My partner was actually a good questioner. He always can tap into what I am fond of and design a series of ways to sent me a gift. As a user, I am delighted to find that my partner was trying hard to understand me.
4. Design thinking is an iterative, self-directed process. Based on what you learned, what would you go back and do next? What would you do over again?
I would list all the feedback from my partner and reconsider which is the best way to send him a gift. Also improve the prototype that I already have.
5. What principle, what tool would you infuse into the work tomorrow?
I would infuse the principle of empathy into future design practice. Making prototype is crucial to present one’s idea and improve original thoughts.