1) How did physically acting out help to explore ideas?
I would say physically acting without preparing a mental readiness does help explore ideas to the full potential. It does help force our mind to be in the situation and therefore think about the the context.
We have one person acting as observer and moderator of the role playing. He emphasized the problem and gave us new constraint.
2) Did you refine your ideas and solutions to the problem through body-storming? In what way?
Body-storming helped us have understanding of how the solution in situation, how human interact with each other to solve the problem. Some solutions looked weird when we acted out.
We also switched the role during the role-playing so we see the problem through different perspectives. I think this is a good way to refine the idea. Both people outside and inside the situation contribute to solving the problem.
3) What was difficult or challenging about body-storming?
Acting is weird sometimes as we are not professional doctor or nurse. I think if we watch an episode of Scrubs, it will help us act better. But it kinda put us in uncomfortable position to actually think about the people doing these jobs.
The pace of the body-storming is a bit fast for me. I didn’t have time to do react fast in the 1st trial. Then it was fun and easier. I guess practicing will help me see more benefits.
4) Does body-storming lend itself to certain types of problems?
Body-storming is good way if people doing it are used to it, otherwise, it feels strange for a few people. Some people like me want to have time to think and analyze the situation. It is good in generating many ideas and solutions and designers will refine them after that. However, refining through body-storming might not always be the best way. It should be done with background research, shadowing the real professional to have empathy with people doing the jobs so that we can play the role accurately.
Documents of the session can be found here.