IDEA9106 Design Thinking

Design is a state of mind



Blog Reflection 10- Mpen2403

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

Thinking in terms of shots and sceneshelp us to entered the situation. We thought more about application method of our product, and which functions are necessary. This method help us to think how to practice our product.


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

The six questions is very helpful. These questions provided a ideal to write a story. We explicit confirm time, place, people, product , reason and solving the problem. This is the basal story model. The main character of K2(Korean TV play) is also need to also need to handle with a lot of problems.


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

Our target users are international students. We want to use dramatic style to let more people pay close attention to our project.216708501320914396.jpg640525556684739687.jpg891499136064156545.jpg

Blog reflection Week8 – Mpen2403

1.Choose one object and describe how your initial understanding of its affordances changed over the course of the exercise.

At the first, I choose ,head massager, because it is very special and it has the only function is  massage the scalp.Then I tried to think to use it in different place, and then I got a new affordance. This object might use in kitchen. In the other word, it might massage the meat.

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.

We used cling wrap and chopsticks to redefine our object. I think people have solid concept, because people are familiar with them. However, we just do a little change, they will become very different.  As a designer, we need to try to do more ideals.625412431489287943.jpg

Blog reflection 08

What kinds of information and insights did it give you about the usability of the prototype?

Userts’ perform tasked more naturally and respond more directly. Therefore, the observer could learn the detailed performance of the user to check the user’s mood, minor movements. Think-aloud is a easy way to accurately understand users behavior and why they feel the way.
What aspects of the technique worked well or were frustrating?

Users in the use of the process will be emotional. For example, task3 is mission that the user need to find a book in library website and some users dislike library website. Therefore, they would irascible when they use this website.

Blog Reflection week 7 – mpen2403

1) How did physically acting out help to explore ideas?
This physically acting activity made us into the scene. We can ponder over a problem from the perspective of the customer. It was also easy to find products’ drawback.

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

At first, we considered what could affect passengers when they sleep as capable we can. And then, we acted passengers to find solution.

3)What was difficult or challenging about bodystorming?

Bodystorming is a good method to find problems. However, it is hard to faultlessly solve problems. In addition, it is not really situation. Therefore, our simulation have some limitations.


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

Bodystorming could solve some problems of daily life, because it is easy to practice. This method also could help people understand some  unfamiliar things.


Blog Reflection 6 Peer review notes- mpen2403

I receieved a lot of suggestions. Different people have different ideal. Their ideals could help me to broaden my scope of mind.81654874564668046.jpg899954140225204426.jpg

Blog Reflection week5 – mpen2403

  1. How did taking the position of an Extreme User influence your thinking in relation to the design challenge?

Taking the  position of an extreme user is a good way to extend my design. If my design could not meet extreme users’requirements, that mean my ideal have some shortcoming. However, extreme users are in the minority. Therefore, they could be supplemented of user research, general users are the main part.


  1. 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 is helpful. The story could help me understand my group members’ ideal. At the same time, he made the process more interesting



Blog Reflection Week 4 – mpen2403

1) Briefly reflect on the lessons learnt from each exercise

a. Reflective listening

I felt more comfortable in listener role because when I was a listener, I could learn a lot of different knowledge, I also enjoy speakers story. In addition, I think reflective listening could builds trust and respect. At the same time, speakers are helped through reflecting as it not only allows them to feel understood, but it also gives them the opportunity to focus their ideas.

b. Defamiliarisation of everyday reality

This exercise is very intersting, it could help us to find that we ignore details . Meanwhile, we could

c. Empathic modeling

This is a whole new experience that familiar things were made different. When one sense ishindered, our other senses clamor to compensate. Therefore, it is easy focus on listening, smelling, touching. It is a new to understand our world.

2) Complement your reflections with photographs of the process


3) Include a scanned copy of your defamiliarisation forms (public transport)


Blog reflection 03 –mpen2403

1) Describe your experience of creating personas from different users’ perspectives gathered in the interview data. Was there enough commonality between the 4 people interviewed to form a coherent persona? Or did it make more sense to create a second different persona?

In this tutorial, we interviewed 4 people about supermarket’s preference. Every interviewers had different opinion .In addition we got a lot of  information, such as shopping frequency, ideal of online shopping, Frustration of super market. Moreover, we tried to find our similarities and differences to make our persona. However, I think 4 people are not enough to create a persona. My friend and I are very similar, therefore our interview data is almost same. Nevertheless, our data is totally different with others. In my opinion, only interviewing 4 people can not provide enough data to create a persona, because this situation would led to  occur extreme conditions.


2) Do you think your final persona(s) was successful in generating empathy with users?What would you change to make it better?

Our final persona could easy help us to understand a kind of customer demand. We created a girl who have completed primary education, believe in buying value for money products and go to shop only when it is necessary. However,  this persona still has some defect, because our base is too small. We could expanding the scope of the investigation. At the same, we could build connections with users. This could help us get long-term data. Moreover, we could design more specific questions.


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