- How did physically acting out help to explore ideas?
Physical warm-up helps us to generate ideas and assumptions from little things in life. As a talker, keeping talking continually drives us to notice the nonsenses experiences and stories around us. It pushes us to think and express our ideas and values though giving an insight into our trivial acts.
Meanwhile, the mode ‘walk and talk’ creates a comfortable atmosphere for us to think and behave naturally. As people relax, blocked information may emerge from their long-term memory. Great concepts and alternatives could be come up with in the process, which provides an effective way for communication.
- Did you refine your ideas and solutions to the problem through bodystorming? In what way?
Yes, we refined our ideas and solutions to improve the qualities of the doctors waiting rooms through bodystorming. In our group, we thought some potential problems of the doctor waiting room and then simulated the scenarios through role playing. Through looking into the specifics of the scenarios, it is helpful to rethink the previous proposed issues and challenges in doctors waiting rooms.
For example, as the group of five, we divided our roles as one observer, one doctor, one reception and two patients. By interpreting the scenario for help-seeking, some issues were exposed, for instance, the low working efficiency for first aid. The possible reasons could also be figured out through the simulation, thereby helping the problem-solving.
- What was difficult or challenging about bodystorming?
I think the biggest challenge is that if we have little knowledge or background in the study area, it would hinder the bodystorming, together with the accuracy of the achieved outcomes.
Still use the task ‘improving doctors waiting rooms’ as an example. As an international student who have no experience of seeing a doctor abroad, I did know how the doctor waiting room was like and how the treatment procedures worked. Because there are many differences between China and Western countries in medical treatment. It brought difficulty in simulating the scenarios of seeing the doctor. It also affected the exploration of the problem-solving.
- Does bodystorming lend itself to certain types of problems?
It depends. Because we simulate specific scenarios in bodystorming, it could help solve certain types of problems. For example, We found that issue that the seats were not conformable from one of our patient who hurt her legs. According to this, we have designed some special seats for assisting this particular group. In this case,
However, we also found that there might be new issues appearing in the simulation, which might broaden the problem area.