IDEA9106 Design Thinking

Design is a state of mind



Blog Reflection 09 iara2090

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

With our idea/product, we had to think about two different scenarios or locations, as it is not just used in one place by one type of user. That is why, we had to come up with an entire story, starting from the Pyschologists therapy room, going to how the user gets the product and finally how the user makes use of it at home. With that in mind, we worked through different shots and scenes, without giving away the product from the beginning, and just creating an interesting enough story for the viewer, so at the end the product and its use gets revealed.

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

As I mentioned above, we worked out a story of getting the interest of the viewer with just the psychologist, therapy room and patient, up until the end when the product is visible and the viewer can finally see how it works and why.

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

We did not discuss a particular audience, but I guess the parents and psychologists are going to be the main audience for this product. As the patient is mainly a child, the interest of its use and functionality is directed to the professionals.

Blog Reflection 07 iara2090

1.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 interacted with was a television remote. At first, I just took it normally, handle it okay with one hand and press the buttons. However, while thinking out of the box and trying to interact with it differently, I could realize about a couple of false affordances, like certain parts which looked like buttons but weren’t. One takes for granted everyday objects and the interaction we have with them, but if we look closely new ideas and issues can be discovered.

2.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 a few objects putting some aluminion foil as a wrap or taping them. One of them was a small box, which I tapped, so the use of it was altered. Instead of putting things inside it was only valid to serve as a small “table” or support. Another was the remote which I interacted with while I had my hands tied with tape reducing their ability almost completely. I could do something with my fingers but that was it. That is when I started thinking about what could it be changed to the design to fit my needs and other disabled people. Perhaps I couldnt find the answer but that is when I started thinking about all the other things there, small, simple things that are not so simple for people with disabilities.


Design Thinking Summary Poster - Iris Aranguren

Blog Reflection 06 (iara2090)

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

Our group worked on the difficulty of sleeping in a plain and we acted out a possible scene in relation to our personal experience. Once we start listing problems and acting in out, we could see it better in our minds and feel it as well (as frequent fliers). It helps in the way of putting your mind in the scene and in the actual experience by imagining everything surrounding you, any object, any other people and any detail that one may only remember by actually imagining yourself in the scene.

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

First, we listed every possible difficulty that came to mind and by bodystorming the scene, we added a few more and started thinking about possible solutions at the same time.

3.What was difficult or challenging about bodystorming?

As we are actually looking for a solution to a problem, sometimes that mindset doesn’t  let you concentrate in imagining a normal situation or behaviour, as your mind is constantly looking for a solution. There is a need of extra concentration and relaxation of the brain to just imagine yourself in the situation doing what you normally do, and only after that start listing issues and realistic possible solutions.

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

In my case, it lend itself to a couple of possible solutions. Regarding the issue about blood flow of the legs, once I sat in a chair and imagine myself in that situation and with that space, I could come up with some possible good outcomes.


Blog Reflection 05 iara2090

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?

Once I created my Extreme User, I tried putting myself in his position and way of life to imagine what are his needs and interests in relation to the design project. It is not exactly the same than thinking something for yourself, as you have to be constantly thinking about how the other user might or might not want, not you. I guess it is a constant battle in our heads about what I think the user needs and what the user thinks.

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?

It was very useful to put all our minds together with different ideas to try to come up with a great final idea. Our final idea was actually the combination of four of our ideas, and with that we wrote stories to see how it could work. The storyboard is a great way to show and explain other people about your project, but the narratives and post-it ideas were best to work within the groups and come up with something great.

Blog Reflection 04 iara2090

1.Briefly reflect on the lessons learnt from each exercise(reflective listening, defamiliarisation and empathic modelling)

I realized about something while doing the active listening exercise. When the other person is explaining their life to you about a specific topic, we all generally start by saying something general, things you would say to anyone that you don’t know as a friend or closely. However, when the listener start maybe pointing out something in particular of what the other person said, this gives some kind of courage or confidence to them and start inmediatly opening themselves more. They are seeing that you care and that you are really listening and interested in what you are saying by interrupting of asking more questions.

As for the exercise with the glasses, it was quite interesting to try to recognize the surrounding elements without fully seeing them. I could mostly recognize colourful elements or with a lot of light like some screens and the bending machine. However if I tried to actually buy something from that bending machine, it was almost impossible to recognize all the buttons and colours.

The defamiliarisation exercise was a bit tricky for me. I think it includes leting your thoughts go quite a bit and I struggle with that most of the time. I ended up writing trivial things at the end because the videos didn’t really give me a lot of emotions or thoughts. However, I guess that is part of the exercise as well.

2.Complement your reflections with photographs of the process

3.Include a scanned copy of your defamiliarisation forms

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