1) How did physically acting out help to explore ideas?
Our group chose the sleeping on aeroplane problem. Physically acting this out, helped us contextualise the problem spatially and gain a better insight into the proximity of other passengers and the seats in front and behind us. This helped us recognise the physical constraints we were working within.
2) Did you refine your ideas and solutions to the problem through body storming? In what way?
When we considered an idea, we then were able to contextualise it to consider if it was actually feasilble. Body storming was particularly useful in this regard because there is such limited space on an aeroplane. Often we were able to adapt our ideas to suit the physical constraints of an aeroplane.
3) What was difficult or challenging about body storming?
It was difficult to activate our imaginations to not only consider the plane row we were enacting but also think about our space in the broader context of a plane and then consider that we had theoretically already been flying for a few hours. I also found it hard to imagine my group as complete strangers on an aeroplane and how I would interact with them differently if I did not know them.
4) Does body storming lend itself to certain types of problems?
Body storming can feel childish and play-like. It that sense, sometimes it could be difficult to try and recreate a scene which is a serious representation of reality. If it distorts reality, sometimes solutions could not be feasible or practical in reality. Body storming really needs to be carried out in the actual context of the problem later in the ideation phase to test again and try and envisage new solutions again. It is a useful tool but must be considered as only a part of the ideation phase.