IDEA9106 Design Thinking

Design is a state of mind



Blog Reflection 09 -fuli3804

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

By thinking in terms of shots and scenes, I found my design concept is divided into many different parts with detailed information. I will arrange my character appearing in appropriate time and places, and consider more about how to write the plots to make them more credible.

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

My own experience and the aim of highlighting the main features of the design product motivated my choice of storyline structure. I chose a travel luggage as the product and the most important thing is to show its great functions to the audience.

One video that I can remember is an advertisement film made by OPPO. The company uses a couple and the love story of them starts from an intelligent phone. It uses the same structure as mine and gains perfect effects.

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

The user group of my travel luggage is the young people like students. So I choose the quick and bright style to meet the appetite of young people and make them feel like it’s the real experience happens in their daily lives. Of course they are related and involved in the story.

*Tried to upload pictures but couldn’t due to blog storage limit for images.

Blog Reflection 07-fuli3804

Choose one of the objects you selected and describe how your initial understanding of its affordances changed over the course of the exercise?

One of the objects that I selected was a pair of chopsticks. After the course, I discovered that it could also be used to make some noise, and pick something up not just for food. In addition, it could also be used like a pen with water on it and helped us draw on the desk.


Given that affordances is a relational property between a person and an object, how did the manipulation of the object and the person’s abilities inform your understanding of the concept? Did it give you inspiration or insight for how to work with affordances as a designer? Discuss this through the specific objects you explored in the exercise.

I manipulated my pair of chopsticks with two fingers of my right hand, and I discovered that they can be rotated easily. And then I tried to use them to hit the desk, they started to make unpleasant noise. With this kind of inspiration, I continued to pick up a piece of paper by the chopsticks and even drew on the desk with water on them. It was really an interesting experiment.

Affordances are very important to usability. If a designer wants to make sense of his design products to the users, he has to think about the affordances from different perspectives to make sure of the best user experience.



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Week 6 – fuli3804

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

It helps me immerge myself into the real situation, and when my partner says ” freeze” or something like that, our group members will try hard to think out tangible solutions to help us solve the problems and refine our design thinking.


2) Did you refine your ideas and solutions to the problem through body-storming? In what way?

Yes,we did. By body-storming, we immerged ourselves into the real situation and imagined us as the roles the doctor waiting room or the air companies might need.In this way, we could actually know what the users experienced and felt, and then refined our ideas and solutions to the problem.


3) What was difficult or challenging about body-storming?

There might be a mess when our group was acting or discussing.

When we were roleplaying, group members might be too excited and concentrated in acting and forgot to say “freeze” and even forgot this was only an experiment to help us think out ideas to refine our solutions.

Another difficult appeared when we were discussing. Everyone had their own opinions and would like to express first. As a result, there might be a mess in the discussing process.

4) Does body-storming lend itself to certain types of problems?

Yes, from my point of view, I think so. It depends on the situations.

Some situations that are ordinary and accessible to us, then we can imitate and think things out. But sometimes the situation might be too far away from our daily lives such as space life or complex business activities, then we may find no way to act them out. So I I agree that body-storming is applied to certain types of problems.


Week 05- fuli3804

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?

Taking the position of an Extreme User helps me thinking from a different angle, puts my foot in his shoes and designs for meeting his demands. There’s definitely a lot of challenges such as making connection between his features and the design products as well as trying to imagine myself being in his position. It is totally different to how I usually generate ideas because his behaviors are not like ordinary people and I have to spend extra time on designing to meet his needs.


2.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?

Yes. I have been getting used to use these design thinking techniques, and there is a whole series of steps for me to use. Firstly, I will create a persona and try to put myself in his shoes to gain a new sight of the design problem; And then, I’d like to write scenarios to make a little enrichment to the persona’s life experience; Finally I will draw a storyboard to visualize the whole story and form a comprehensive understanding of the design. In this process, collaborating with my group members is very fun because through brainstorming , I can find more interesting ideas that others generate, and it is really helpful.



Blog Reflection-04 fuli3804

  • Briefly reflect on the lessons learnt from each exercise
  1. Reflective listening

It’s a pleasant experience to share my views with my good friend. To be honest, I’d like to be both a speaker and a listener because I can feel the inspiration when we talk. I think only when you learn how to understand other people as if you had experienced it yourself that you can actually make a deep conversation with them.

2. Defamiliarization of everyday reality

Public transport seems an everyday routine for me and I’m very familiar with it. However, every time when I am on a bus or train, it seems time passes too slowly because I am always anxious about getting late. So, yesterday’s tutorial task- defamiliarization of everyday reality gives me a brand new view of my daily life, helps me feel the world from the bottom of my heart. It’s totally different and I love this experience.


3.Empathic modeling

To get a new sight, we looked at things with the wrap cling on. Everything seemed so unclear and unfamiliar, I could hardly see and walk, just hand in hand with my friends and shared the feelings together. I found it was a new world when you changed your visual angle, ordinary things could become fun. Here are some photos during the tutorial, and some of my friend even posted it to their facebook or twitter to share this class experience.


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