How did taking the position of an Extreme User influence your thinking in relation to the design challenge?
First of all, I think it would be a difficult task to put my shoes into an extreme user. As people, every one of us has different histories and events that make each one of us unique. By looking into an extreme user, we customize the level of extreme in this user on our own perception. What might be considered extreme for me, not necessary extreme to my other friends. However, these thoughts have influenced me to think out of the box. I have never considered designing something for an extreme user. It helped me think of unrealistic ways in which I would help the user in carrying his own needs tasks that I never thought of, with the normal users.
Was it different to how you usually generate ideas and empathy?
I think it is just the same, because our perception of an extreme user comes from our thoughts only. We have this idea of what extreme user is like buried deep within our culture and thoughts, so it won’t be hard to develop empathy to the user.
Did any of the other design thinking techniques (design provocation cards, stories, storyboards, etc.) help you to work through ideas and collaborate with your group members?
Off course, by visualizing what different situations our extreme user are facing we can easily communicate our individual ideas of what our own thoughts of extreme user is and share it with others to build up a relation between our different extremes. That is the case for stories and storyboards. However, according to my personal experience with the design provocation cards, even though we skim through different words. Yet I wasn’t really inspired from these cards, as I was concentrating on my idea of what an extreme user should be.