How did physically acting out help to explore ideas?
By having to observe the environment, in our case the airplane. We could identify the problems in a simpler manner rather than having to construct the environment ourselves. It help us directing and focusing our thoughts on the different kind of situations within our environment, rather than having our brain walk an extra mile to create the environment itself. On the other hand, different persons have different perceptions on what the environments might be, therefore by body storming, we set the records straight of how the interior of the airplane might look like for example.
Did you refine your ideas and solutions to the problems through bodystorming? In what way?
Yes we did, in our case and within our groups. We started brainstorming by looking back at our different experiences, where different situations occurred and complied them. However, through bodystorming we were able to identify situations of which greater emphasis needs to be given during sleeping inside the airplane. For example, seating besides a baby (sound) and issues with lights. This enabled us to narrow our idea down to just these two problems.
What was difficult or challenging about bodystorming?
The most challenging part is to try to imitate the environment inside the airplane as accurately as possible. There are still missing pieces such as highs and lows of different atmospheric pressures. Moreover, when we looked into the issues of the sounds coming from a crying baby, we neglected the sound of the airplane itself, the loud hum from the engines and so on.
Does bodystorming lend itself to certain types of problems?
I would say, low accuracy of the environment we created is a problem in itself. I reckon, if we body stormed inside a real airplane, or let’s say even a bus or any confined place with chairs. We would come up with a better ideas/situations and hence better solutions.