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IDEA9106 Design Thinking

Design is a state of mind

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Ming Luan

Week 5: Bodystorming

1. How did physically acting out help to explore ideas?
When initially jotting down ideas we covered some of the key issues that came to mind instantaneously but it wasn’t until we acted out the situations that smaller details of the scenario became obvious. Without bodystorming I don’t think we would have come up with these things.

2. Did you refine your ideas and solution to the problem through bodystorming? in what ways?
Yes, especially in the sleeping on planes example, we used chairs and tape measure to physically reproduce the space available inside a plane and worked with these limitations in creating a more realistic solution.

3. What was difficult or challenging about bodystorming?
Narrowing down the ideas. During the process of body storming we came up with many more problems and their possible solutions, while this was helpful to see a broader picture, it was also made more difficult to look at specific issues at hand without trying to solve everything.

4. Does body storming lend itself to certain types of problems?
It seems that body storming is most applicable to problems in which users physically go through a process; a succession of events in which they interact with other people or objects relative to their spacial environment.

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