IDEA9106 Design Thinking

Design is a state of mind



Blog Reflection 09 – nkad9992

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

Thinking in terms of scenes does a better a job in explaining how the product work since it gives a real life enactment of the user using the device. The approach made us think about the different scenarios in which user will use the product.

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

The storyline comes from daily activities. I can think of advertisements of before and after using certain product.

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

Being students, we chose our audience to be young living away from family. Focusing on the introverts who do not interact much and mostly stay at home or library studying.

Blog Reflection 08

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

While using the different website for specific tasks helped identify features that could be improved. We visited officeworks to buy a cheapest tablet available. Searching for the cheapest was time consuming since they did not have that sorting for all the brands. We needed to go to each OS style one by one and then sort from low to high. This was tedious. Also to buy we need to register, as a one time user it was frustrating to fill in the form.

2) What aspects of the technique worked well or were frustrating?

Speaking out loud while using website made me notice things that are missing and also made me realise my actions that I won’t generally notice. Observing users reactions gave an overall review of the product’s performance.

Blog Reflection 07 – nkad9992

1) Choose one of the objects you selected and describe how your initial understanding of its affordances changed over the course of the exercise?

The object I chose was phone charger. It had to parts, the usb cord and the plug. The plug has Indian pin. So I need an an adapter use the charger. I can disconnect the plug and the usb and connect the usb to the laptop to charge my phone. I need to insert the pin to the phone slot, most of the time I insert pin wrong, I did the same this time and flipped the pin to connect successfully. Need to have pin that is right that can be connected ways. Don’t face this problem between the connection between usb and the plug.

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.

For this, my partner was made to write with a pen using chopsticks. He struggled at first and attempted it many times. Later he tried different ways to hold the chopsticks and after a lot of experimenting he finally could write his name with chopstick and pen.

Blog Reflection 06 – nkad9992

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

Physically acting out helped explore the situations in a more empathetic way. Experiencing things gives a more in depth perspective in the problem area.

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

Yes, first we were focused on the revamping the waiting, body storming gave us the idea that it is not necessary for people in the waiting room. They can go to the food court or other premises while waiting. So we looked for a solution that allowed them to go around.

3) What was difficult or challenging about bodystorming?

Being the first time that we did bodystorming. There was a lot of uncertainty in what we needed to do.

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

Yes, it is specially helpful for problems that are related to process optimization.


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Blog Reflection 05 – nkad9992

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?

Thinking from the position of an Extreme User was different from how I usually generate ideas and empathy. Thinking as an extreme user made it easier to design since there was a concrete set of characteristics which narrowed down the needs and perspective.

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?

Creating stories was a great way to collaborate in a group since it got everyone in the group to interact and come with entertaining ideas. Stories gave us a direction in conceptualising the design in the storyboard.


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