Carlos Mardones Del Solar
1. How did physically acting out help to explore ideas?
It was very interesting because it helps to open the mind and going beyond the traditional thinking. Performing puts you into a different state of mind and it is a way to find solutions that no one imagined. We experienced the space and objects with the body unlike a typical discussion on a table trying to imagine the user experience.
2. Did you refine your ideas and solutions to the problem through body-storming? In what way?
As a group we chose the ‘sleeping in airplanes’ scenario. By body-storming the ideas, it immediately arose many problems we have experienced before each of us. We putted in evidence current behaviours and user issues and saw how they could be altered. By changing the distribution and logistics of an airplane for example, we realised that the person sitting next to the window has trouble getting out and going to the bathroom so we seek ways to have separate capsules for each passenger.
3. What was difficult or challenging about body-storming?
The biggest difficulty was to imagine this scenario without a more realistic prototype, using only the tables and chairs available in the room. At the end that was not relevant because when the team creates a certain synergy, it is just about using the body language with the minimal resources. What makes it work is the enthusiasm, to show and explain, having humour and being irreverent.
4. Does body-storming lend itself to certain types of problem?
Building a stage and perform with our own or other roles, focusing on intuitive responses of each actor, and using body language immediately reveals problems and needs of a potential user. This method helped us to generate and quickly check many context relationships and behaviour concepts. It also generates among the actors a strong sense of possibility.