How did physically acting out help to explore ideas?
By having to observe the environment, in our case the airplane. We could identify the problems in a simpler manner rather than having to construct the environment ourselves. It help us directing and focusing our thoughts on the different kind of situations within our environment, rather than having our brain walk an extra mile to create the environment itself. On the other hand, different persons have different perceptions on what the environments might be, therefore by body storming, we set the records straight of how the interior of the airplane might look like for example.
Did you refine your ideas and solutions to the problems through bodystorming? In what way?
Yes we did, in our case and within our groups. We started brainstorming by looking back at our different experiences, where different situations occurred and complied them. However, through bodystorming we were able to identify situations of which greater emphasis needs to be given during sleeping inside the airplane. For example, seating besides a baby (sound) and issues with lights. This enabled us to narrow our idea down to just these two problems.
What was difficult or challenging about bodystorming?
The most challenging part is to try to imitate the environment inside the airplane as accurately as possible. There are still missing pieces such as highs and lows of different atmospheric pressures. Moreover, when we looked into the issues of the sounds coming from a crying baby, we neglected the sound of the airplane itself, the loud hum from the engines and so on.
Does bodystorming lend itself to certain types of problems?
I would say, low accuracy of the environment we created is a problem in itself. I reckon, if we body stormed inside a real airplane, or let’s say even a bus or any confined place with chairs. We would come up with a better ideas/situations and hence better solutions.
How did taking the position of an Extreme User influence your thinking in relation to the design challenge?
First of all, I think it would be a difficult task to put my shoes into an extreme user. As people, every one of us has different histories and events that make each one of us unique. By looking into an extreme user, we customize the level of extreme in this user on our own perception. What might be considered extreme for me, not necessary extreme to my other friends. However, these thoughts have influenced me to think out of the box. I have never considered designing something for an extreme user. It helped me think of unrealistic ways in which I would help the user in carrying his own needs tasks that I never thought of, with the normal users.
Was it different to how you usually generate ideas and empathy?
I think it is just the same, because our perception of an extreme user comes from our thoughts only. We have this idea of what extreme user is like buried deep within our culture and thoughts, so it won’t be hard to develop empathy to the user.
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?
Off course, by visualizing what different situations our extreme user are facing we can easily communicate our individual ideas of what our own thoughts of extreme user is and share it with others to build up a relation between our different extremes. That is the case for stories and storyboards. However, according to my personal experience with the design provocation cards, even though we skim through different words. Yet I wasn’t really inspired from these cards, as I was concentrating on my idea of what an extreme user should be.
1. How is this sketchnoting technique different to the traditional note taking?
I think that the difference lies mostly in the way we revise the notes. Sketchnoting makes it easier for us to summarize an entire idea which helps us to easily memorize the whole point of the subject. Traditional note taking makes it hard for us to find the core idea of the subject unless we read the whole text, while sketchnoting will simply present the main idea with visuals.
2. How does this visual approach facilitate communication of your ideas? Conversely, how does it prevent it?
For starters, I think the visuals incorporated with sketchnoting helps us memorize the ideas much more effectively and easily. As they say a picture worth a thousand words. In our case, a sketch of an idea is worth a couple of hundreds. Sometimes a simple sketch can hold a lot of meanings that our brain can interpret without wasting our time reading an entire paragraph. All I am trying to say is sketchnoting is much more faster at presenting an idea than simple writings.
However, I think the down side of the whole process is if we missed out the point or idea of the given subject, it will be hard to remember what the subject is all about. Or if we misrepresent the idea due to underdeveloped sketching vocabulary, then that would be a problem.
3. Personal challenges as a sketchnoter.
I reckon the hardest part for a sketchnoter is during taking notes of a talk or a presentation. Personally if I take the TED talks as an example, I personally couldn’t start sketching anything as I was busy trying to grasp what is the whole point of the talk is all about. I cannot gather my thoughts until the talk is over, because we are unaware if the presenter has anymore ideas to share, before he concludes his talk.