1. How did physically acting out help to explore ideas?
Physically acting helped us to experience a real situation. Because we chose the topic about sleeping in airplanes, we acted as passengers and tried to sleep. Not to imagine the situation, but simulate we are in a same environment, where there are crying babies, the person sitting beside you always move around, etc. During this process, we, as designers, experienced in a sentimental way rather than rational analysis, which is helpful to explore useful ideas.
2.Did you refine your ideas and solutions to the problem through body-storming? In what way?
Definitely we used that. In the beginning, we came up with many existed and potential problems, and then body-storming helped us to verify them. I, as the person who was in charge of taking pictures, I asked my group members to play different roles and observed them. In fact, I was sometimes stimulated and influenced by their acting, which made me realize that the problem like lack of private space was much more severe than I thought before.
3. What was difficult or challenging about body-storming?
There are both difficulties and challenges in body-storming. In terms of difficulties, I do think it would be better if we can have some airline seats, back cushion and other equipment like lighting equipment to make a more real environment. As for our classmates, acting as passengers is a challenge of body-storming, it is somewhat reserved anyway.
4. Does body-storming lend itself to certain types of problems?
It is undoubted that body-storming is a good method to get real experience and generate empathy, but when it comes to the projects which focus on unfamiliar situations, there will be some limitations of it in terms of recognition and simulation.