1) How did physically acting out help to explore ideas?
I think the trick is in bringing idea into a context or real life setting. By acting out our ideas, we could immediately test them in a real -life situation. The method places primary importance on context, making it easier for us as designers to gain understanding and empathy with users. When in context, we can observe behavior; participate in situations, act out roles, and transform themselves into members of the community being served.
2) Did you refine your ides and solutions to the problem through bodystorming? In what way?
We could observe users’ natural reaction to certain moves and actions, which pushes us towards even better solutions. Through bodystorming, we could get a real time feedback to our ideas and improve them immediately.
Also, we could observe some small details in people’s behaviour that may pass unnoticed in other circumstances and follow their reaction to specific uncomfortable situations that we staged. These observations helped further refine and adjust our initial ideas.
3)What was difficult or challenging about bodystorming?
Personally, I found it uncomfortable to act in a group. Acting is something new for me and I found it hard to to concentrate on the actual goal of observation and finding solution to our tasks.
4) Does bodystorming lend itself to certain types of problems?
I think so. I believe bodystorming is an ideal problem solving tool for when designers need to understand situations that are outside of their comfort zone and set of experiences.