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Design is a state of mind



Blog Reflection 9 – lcao5648

how did thinking in terms of shots and scenes influence your approach to communicating your design concept?
shots and scenes is a vivid and interesting way to communicate the design concepts to people.This is easy to grab the customer’s attention immediately,it is influence my approach to cmmunicating for my design concept, it can give me inspiration and provides a new approach to cultivating a better design concept.However,when I plan to use this method in my design concept,I have to think how to create a whole story and trying to give people a unique and great understanding of my design concept.
2. What motivated your choice of storyline structure? Can you think of an examplear from a film that uses the same structure?

In our group,we would like to choice a subsection type story structure,because we focus on our topic,from different short stories to compose a one aim – how to help LGBT people.Thus,we create a story about when LGBT people need help,how is the useful for apps.The film using the same structure is Sin city.

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

I think the audience could be foucs on LGBT students age from 15 to 27.Our audience are still studying in school,no matter what kind of school or major.They have their own story about their sexual orientation.We made this video will draw viewers’ attention.


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Blog Reflection 09-lcao5648

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 electronic eyelash curler,before this exercise,I thought eyelash curler is just useful curl your eyelashes. After the exercise,I found this eyelashes curler also could be used to be a clip – pick something up and heat the whole thing.



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 was desperate for fresh ideas.After I noticed the  electronic eyelash curler could pick something up, and then I tried to use  it lashed to my phone with other ideas.A couple of interesting things that came out of my consistently attempt:

  • electronic eyelash curler could be a phone bracket
  • when we look at the phones, electronic eyelash curler could be a clip – if we need take any notes or something else.

This exercise give me lots of inspiration for how to work with affordances as a designer.Inspiration is important for a designer.The world around you can inspire you to be more creative.Also When you’re focused on external stimuli, you’re giving your mind some “breathing room” to come up with creative solutions.

“Experimentation is the key to creativity. “In addition,if a designer want  satisfy the users request should  view ideas or problems from different perspectives. Only then could really meet the customer expectations.




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week 6-blog reflection-lcao5648

How did physically acting out help to explore ideas?

The first step before role-play is to brainstorm by making the lists as long a possible.I thought I almost think of all the possibilities   what kind of issues we have about when we are in the doctor’s waiting room or sleeping in an airplane.

When we start of the role-play, I found that the issues is actually more than in brainstorm.According to this exercise,I understand  putting ourselves in one’s shoes is important to know customer requirements. We must to understand customer requirement and develop new products to match customers’ desire.

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

Yes ,I did.Our group stand on the customers position to think about a plan to solve the problem.We design a eye-musk  writing ‘do not disturb me’ ,and then we improved the plan.

What was difficult or challenging about bodystorming?

Yes,you might can’t start bodystorming,because the topic is so hard.Also ,background is so  importance for bodystorming,without background to start bodystorming is impossible.


Does bodystorming lend itself to certain types of problems?
I think bodystorming is  more suitable to deal with problems for physical equipment,such as chair,desk,exercise facility.


Week 5 – lcao5648

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.I understand a designer should stand at the user’s position “intelligently”, and according to user’s actual condition, help user to analyze and solve his present problem. Even the users are not like ordinary people.












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,It was very useful to put our group` ideas together to try to come up with a final idea.Use storyboard is an intuitive and fun way to show and explan your project.






Week 4 – Empathy and Defamiliarisation

Reflective listening

This exercise make me understand what is a good speaker and listener.Through this exercise I found I feel more comfortable as a listener,because I am good at give the speaker my full attention and so patient to listen.




Defamiliarisation of everyday reality

This exercise make me understand more about -a good designer must pay attention to the details.  From the most intuitive point of view to design and thinking.














Empathic modelling



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