IDEA9106 Design Thinking

Design is a state of mind


Cai Senwei

Project Presentation – scai5023 & ajat3269 from Lucky 7!

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Blog6: Bodystorming (scai5023)

1. How did physically acting out help to explore ideas?

We choose “sleeping in air plane” and simulate that a passenger sit in the middle was sleeping and the other two were making some noise. It is good for us to find its solutions by observing the real situation. And we can directly know about passengers feelings and feedback.

2. Did you refine your ideas and solutions to the problem through bodystorming? in what way?

Yes. Once we came up with an idea, we imitated and discussed it to find its deficiency.

3. What was difficult or challenging about bodystorming?

Sometime it is hard to immerse ourselves to certain situation and act spontaneously enough.

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

Yes, it did solve certain problems. But some technical problems are hard to consider in this way.

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1. I didn’t know that radios are no longer seen in the household.

2. Tell me more about the interactive digital media you mentioned in the background.

Interactive digital media refers to products and services on digital computer-based systems which respond to the user’s actions by presenting content such as text, graphics, animation, video, audio, games, etc.

3. Tell me more about how you create the environment.

I create a device for mode control for users to choose the environment mode they like, which involves the participation of virtual wallpaper, stereo system, intelligent lights and air producer, and thus to a user-friendly environment would be set.

4. Have you thought about that the cost of the whole system would stop people buying.

With the development of technology, all the devices would become cheaper in the future.

Blog3 – scai5023 – Creating Personas

1) At first, we just made an agreement on the topic of going to the cinema. Casually, we asked some simple questions also answer them one by one, such as what do you see in the cinema or how do you go home after movies, which sounds a little bit chatting and not targeted style. As can be imaged, the answers varied from person to person, and we hardly gather sufficient information for further probe. After that, we learned from before and carry out the interview about catching public transport in pairs. This time, we followed the questions showed in the textbook and try to make answers more specific and recapitulative.

2) After collecting demographic data, we mapped interviewees to continuum and multiple-choice variables. We listed several elements like use frequency, transport motivations and favorite features. Unfortunately, we found that it was hard to circle them into classifications, because limited people’ answers seem to be not so representative that we cannot make valid conclusion. Next time, interviewing more people and setting effective factors would contribute to a better outcome.

Blog 2 scai5023 — Chair design

1) How did working through different materials help you to explore and express potential solutions to a design problem?

At first, being required to only use corrugated cardboard to make a chair prototype was knotty as far as I am concerned. I believe it is quite tough for my prototype to keep standing. Just in a unexpected moment, mortise and tenon popped into my mind, which is a great architectural invention in China and  can improve the mechanical performance of ancient wooden building. Definitely I can learn from it when assembling chair legs.

pipe cleaner is a kind of optimal material in this case. It is flexible and under control. I feel comfortable working this tool, even though the prototype didn’t look sensational. But anyway it did help approach my vision as close as possible.

Sadly, I wasn’t able to achieve a prototype by toothpicks. It was really hard to make a circle even I broke them into pieces. I realize that material choosing is very important in prototype making.

2) What kinds of information and inspiration did the different materials give you? Did you have a favourite material?

As I mentioned before, choosing material and connecting ways are crucial when making a prototype. Undoubtedly, pipe cleaner is my favorite!

3) What did you change along the way? What did you learn from your prototypes?

When using different materials, I have to change some details to make the prototypes to suit my principles(safety and comfort). Finally, I found each type of material had its advantages when making a chair.

4) How well did you address your user needs in the various design models you created?

I hope my chair is safe and comfortable. Pipe cleaners make the whole chair’ edges are smooth and not so sharp that hurt the baby. Toothpick make the legs of chair strong and stable. Cardboard allows a pleasant seat.

Blog 1 scai5023 — Gift-giving experience

1. How did engaging with a real person, testing with a real person, change the direction your prototype ?

Honestly, it is quite difficult for a lady of  liberal arts to know about an unknown gentleman of science. At the beginning I just tried to ask him some basic information like name, age and hobby to catch a pointcut for further understanding. When he talked about he is a practical man and gift is hardly meaningful for him, I feel a challenge, and which motivated me to dig deeper. Gradually, I found his opinion that gifts don’t mean better relationship, which enlighten me to add more loving and emotional elements into the gifts.

2. What was it like showing unfinished work to another person?

My heart was palpitating when presenting a crude gift to my partner. I observed his facial expression when explaining the design and functions of the gift. Sadly, he is a man without much expression, but he told me the gift I designed was his type. Happily, he also gave me some useful feedback which reminded me to focus on the details.

3. As a User, how did you interact with your partner’s level of lowly-resolved prototype; how did the level of resolution impact your experience as a user?

My partner was actually a good questioner. He always can tap into what I am fond of and design a series of ways to sent me a gift. As a user, I am delighted to find that my partner was trying hard to understand me.

4. Design thinking is an iterative, self-directed process. Based on what you learned, what would you go back and do next? What would you do over again?

I would list all the feedback from my partner and reconsider which is the best way to send him a gift. Also improve the prototype that I already have.

5. What principle, what tool would you infuse into the work tomorrow?

I would infuse the principle of empathy into future design practice. Making prototype is crucial to present one’s idea and improve original thoughts.

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