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?
Generally, the need of extreme users could be neglected in the process of identifying issues. Being engaged in this tutorial activity, considering and building empathy of extreme users are necessary to enhance the user experience and functions. However, it is difficult to imagine what problems or needs they may have, which may have lots of difference compared by majority users. In addition, although there is a necessary of taking into account the extreme user, but it may not have a decisive influence on the design process, because the target users of a product or design is for the majority users (exclude some specific situation, such as some photo taking apps design for professional photographer).
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?
Stories could be helpful when considering users’ need, which allows us to building the completed users’ model and making easier to understand the target groups. Storyboards is another efficient tool to generate a specific scenario when implementing a design idea. It could present our ideas and user experience more explicit and vivid.