How did physically acting out help to explore ideas?
We will never know until we experience it. When we sit down and think about the problem we need to solve, we would never achieve all the details. However, if we act out the scenery physically, we can feel all. For example, if the urban designers want to design the passageway for disables, it is better for them to experience the passageway with wheelchairs. It is quite difficult for them to imagine the potential problems if they don’t act out as a ‘disable’.
Furthermore, physical acting is more interesting and enjoyable than just thinking. When we think about something, we may stop after we got some ideas. However, when we are acting out something, we will try to finish the acting and eventually we would generate more good ideas.
Did you refine your ideas and solutions to the problem through bodystorming? In what way?
Yes, we did refine our solutions after the bodystorming. Our group did the ‘sleepness on the airplane’ topic and we believe sometimes the smell around may also affect the sleepness on the airplane. So at first, we wanted to invent an independently sealed foot closet under the seat. However, during the bodystorming, we found it really not convenient and not easy for clean-up and maintenance. Then a better idea came up—why don’t we make an independently sealed seat, which can block the smell outside and adjust its own temperature as well? So we changed our ideas at last.
What was difficult or challenging about bodystorming?
I would say the difficulty of bodystorming is the scenery setting up. Sometime it’s hard for us to 100% represent the scenery with limited materials and in the certain environment. For example, in the classroom, we can’t really perfectly imitate the situation on the airplane, so that we may miss out many details.
Does bodystorming lend itself to certain types of problems?
Yes. I think through bodystorming, people could only generate practical ideas, which are related to the real world. During the bodystorming, we are more focusing on the body experience that is kind of narrow and specific. If we are doing brainstorming, the imagination can travel to everywhere without limit.
Li Li, lili7039