1) How did physically acting out help to explore ideas?
My group’s topic was to body-storm for ideas to solve issues with sleeping in airplanes. With brainstorming, we thought of several issues and ideas off the top of our heads to solve evident problems. When we physically acted out the situation, we realised that there was much more to the problems than we thought of. Bodystorming helps us look into the finer details, being in the situation and dealing with the actual senario, such as how we can manoeuvre around sleeping neighbours to go to the washroom. We managed to devise some interesting solutions which we would not have thought of with brainstorming, as some visualisation was needed.
2) Did you refine your ideas and solutions to the problem through bodystorming? In what way?
Yes, some of the ideas that we thought of with brainstorming were good, but with body-storming we could visualise the idea better and improve on it. One example was the issue of resting our legs while sleeping. Without a proper leg rest, users often have to bring up their knees to the seat in front of them in an awkward and uncomfortable position to sleep. With brainstorming, we figured having a leg rest would improve the experience of sleeping. Body-storming helped us think further about the different positions possible to rest our legs while sleeping, and also to try out if our ideas were feasible.
3) What was difficult or challenging about bodystorming?
Sometimes, it is hard to demonstrate some ideas or solutions without the proper props or equipment available to test it out. We had to make do with whatever we could find in the room to demonstrate the problem or solution. It is also limited to what we can do with our bodies. With the idea on elevating seats to manoeuvre over sleeping neighbours, we could not demonstrate that at all with the physical constraints that we have. We could only draw out what we can imagine it to be.
4) Does bodystorming lend itself to certain types of problems?
Bodystorming is definitely adapted to help solve certain types of problems, especially if it involves the physical body. It is better to role play the situation to be fully immersed into the issue fully and experience the actual situation that users face. Only then it is possible to see the different solutions that would help improve the experience of the user, to see how the user interacts with the solution, and whether the solution can actually solve the problem.