1. How did taking the position of an Extreme User influence your thinking in relation to the design challenge? Was it different to how you usually generate ideas and empathy?
Taking the position of an Extreme User challenges my imagination. It’s more than thinking about myself being another person, and more difficult. However it can sometimes “break the wall” of the limitations in our minds, and it may bring us amazing ideas.
Usually, when we are generating ideas, we start from ordinary person or normal users. This process is like digging out people’s potential needs. In contrast, thinking of an extreme user is more like creating a new demand. However I think this sometimes may lead to new innovations. For example, know one has the concept of a car before it was invented, what people wanted is only “a faster horse.”
2.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?
I think these methods, provocation cards, stories, storyboards are useful in two aspects. First is that they lead us to an idea. When we started creating ideas from nothing, these methods can provide inspirations and link concept fragments together.
On the other hand, they helped us to share the idea with group members more specifically. With the sketches and cards, group members can have a better understand of how the idea works and how the user’s problem is solved.