IDEA9106 Design Thinking

Design is a state of mind



Blog reflection 9 – Afol3835

1) How did thinking in terms of shots and scenes influence your approach to communicating your design concept?

Working through shots and scenes efficently shows how a frame a situation emphasising with the individual rather than pushing a product. The way you frame a certain scene can relate to experiences of the user then when you introduce the product it appears to assist or provide a solution to the user efficently.

2) What motivated your choice of storyline structure? Can you think of an exemplar from a film that uses the same structure?

The choice of story line recalls to an every day scenario of eating food for a diabetic. It relates to an every day scenario. Similarly Requiem for a dream has a kabab stand which related to my first shot of a taco stand. Also interesting enough the product (glucouse meter food recognizer watch) tells the user how much drugs to intake (medication not illicit).

 3) What choices did you make about audience and style? Were they related?

The expected audience is the user in this scenario and the story board follows the actions of the user. This wasnt my particular intention but it formed unintentially from the desire to be relatable.

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What kinds of information and insights did it give you about the useability of the prototype?

The information gathered was quite natural. It was clear what worked and didnt work. The limitation of this technique as it is quite a lengthy process to get one perspective of how one uses the processes.

What aspects of thr technique worked well or were frustrating?

Suprisingly this technique works quite well for the user. Though it is quite stressful making mistakes with people looking over your shoulder. The aspect which I had incorrect presumptions about was how natural the verbal component is while completing the task. I also feel that you understand the emotions of the user quite well through their facial expressions and bodily actions.

Reflection Blog 6 – afol3835

1. How did physically acting out help explore ideas?

Physically acting out the scenarios, makes you think of the whole process which happens and the possibility of problems occuring. When starting to act out problems start becoming clear. We found it hard to move past a problem to the next scene or problem.

2. Did you refine your ideas and solution to the problem through bodystorming?

Both yes and no. When we were bodystorming we created imagined situations and got a broad concept of what extent the problem can be. The best way found in this bodystorming was that it requires multipul people and multipul perspectives and actions opening out more variety of responses.

3. What was difficult or challenging about bodystorming?

Bodystorming was normally quite straightforward. Im not sure if this is thr normal case but my group often struggled with being stuck on one idea or problem for too long. It also is quite an exhausting method as it requires alot of effort.

4. Does bodystorming lend itself to certain types of problems?

Bodystorming is an excellent method for expanding your mind to others opinions and ideas. The physical acyivity required also gives you a different perspective. I think it is a good solution for every day problems which is common knowledge where people have their own experiences and perspectives.

Blog reflection 5 – afol3835

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

The position of the extreme user provides a new playful perspective to the design process. Forming this fake persona both requires the thought of what will this person be like and what are the driving factors while breaking down possible needs. This process does seem to skim the surfaces of real life problems but can be a great starting point to developing new ideas.

This process is very different than putting yourself in some one elses shoes (traditional emapthy) as you formulate a person based on a very conceptual idea and then ground the conceptual idea into the humain realm.

2. Did any of the other design thinking techniques help you work through your ideas and colaborate with your group members?

We used a variety of techniques which we used over the past weeks in our group efforts. When deciding on what group to focus on we used the listener and speaker (week 3) to break down thoughts on the four groups and interests. I was the speaker in this context, this technique lets everyone have their thoughts heard (well appart  from the speaker) and come to a agreed result faster. Through the data production process we used affinity diagrams to mind map our thoughts as a mind map and zone our thoughts in groups. These techniques sped up our thought process while providing more coherent results.

Blog Reflection 4 – afol3835

Briefly reflect on the lessons learnt from each exercise

1. Reflective listening

I have had experience with empathetic listening before. It is a good technique to master as it structures a conversation towards comforting the speaker. It makes the conversation much less personal for the listener though as they follow strict structures. I find this technique only really works when one is councilling another.

2. Defamiliarisation of everyday reality

This technique for recalling emotional responses for events were quite interesting. I felt that the videos placed certain triggers formulating a more emotional response. The downside to these triggers are that they can place an answer within someones head or atleast prod at it. The structured response of the data was quite playful aswell. Though I do not see a practical point to the body map.

 3. Empathic modelling  

This is a fun way of structuring empathising. It is difficult to properly replicate ones problems which can make it abit irrelevant to the final data but it can formulate some percived connection between the researcher and the client. The results of this experiment did make both a talking point and can expand the questions which might be asked to the study subjects.

Blog reflection 3 – afol3835

1.Describe your experience of creating personas from different users’ perspectives gathered in the interview data. Was there enough commonality between the 4 people interviewed to form a coherent persona? Or did it make more sense to create a second different persona?

The experience felt astrange. The process of making an imagined persona based on a couple of criteria seems quite antipersonal. Even though the result is much more personal than raw data.

Our group did not have much consistant crossover throughout all the questions thus we were not able to combine together a true blended persona. In the future it would be required to have more information thus more similarities.

2.Do you think your final persona(s) was successful in generating empathy with users? What would you change to make it better? 

In part yes and no. Due to the original lack of data it was difficult to make the depth needed for the persona personal. Other than that giving a face to the data creates a human component, thus the nature of the method creates empathy. In the future I would like to first debelop more data so there is a better foundation in the persona.

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