1.How did engaging with a real person, testing with a real person, change the direction your prototype took?

Engaging with a real person meant my prototype turned from a single-minded piece of work into a collaborative work with real feedback to bounce off. It’s always hard to know if the ideas or solutions you’ve created works only for you or something that solves a real problem or process that exists. As Lian discussed in the lecture, by testing with a real person, it distinguishes my prototype as human centred design which stems from consumer research compared to an art form, which focuses more on self-expression.

2.What was it like showing unfinished work to another person?

It left the door wide open for constructive feedback. It also only allowed you to explain the core purpose of your prototype. As long as that was on the right track of solving their problem, all the features and layout can be revised based on how my partner engaged with the prototype.

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?

During the ideation brainstorm when my partner was generating her 5 ideas, it was quite difficult to see how the prototype was going to work. It made a big difference to see it come to life even if it was just drawing out the interface and how each step would look like. As we didn’t have enough time, my partner only had enough time to create one scenario of her prototype, so as a user, I had to use my imagination to build from that & visualise myself what the other scenarios would have been had it been a completed prototype.

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?

What I would do over again is keeping my ideas very different and broad from each other. Due to the time constraint, I felt 2 of my ideas were similar App based solutions when I wanted to branch out more and find other ways to solve the problem ranging it from the physical world all the way into web & mobile.

What I would go back and do next is research if a similar solution has been used, what was the outcome of that? Did it come down to a similar problem they were trying to solve too? I do believe collaboration and research is an important step to take so I would also ask if other people have similar gift giving experiences my partner had and if my prototype would help them as well.

5.What principle, what tool would you infuse into the work tomorrow?

Coming from a Media Strategy background, we also have a similar approach in creating solutions from insights you’ve found. What differs here is our solutions are Media based. However the principle and tool I would infuse into this work is similar to Media which is to dig deeper. My general thought process to this is smarter questions always lead to smarter solutions. Smarter questions also lets you reframe the problem which is another tool I would use as it’s one thing to have a list of needs & insights, but another to articulate it into a defined sentence which frames your problem!

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