1. How did taking the position of an extreme user influence your thinking in relation to the design challenge? Was is different to how you usually generate ideas and empathy?

Taking tyhe position of an extreme user make me think in a completeley different way, we tend to consider the question in this user’s shoes, and analysis the issue according to this user’s interest, habbit and mindset.When we do design challenge, thinking from a extreme user’s perspective are somehow more easier to generate empathy and meanwhile the empathy is stronger. I assumption is: that’s because we only need to focus on the very special personality this person has, and thus easier to generate the empathy. And I guess that why we need to take the position of an extreme user.
2. Did any of the other design thinking techniques (design provocation cards, stories, storyboards etc) help you to work through ideas and collaborate with you group members?
Design provoation cards do help a lot.We can summarize and target the characters this user has, which is pretty helpful for the later analysis and creating the stories. The stories help in a way to enrich the details in many aspects and make it more realistic. However, I wasn’t so sure that storyboards helped or not. When I was sketching the it, I felt I pay too much attention on drawing and didn’t really help to generate empathy.