IDEA9106 Design Thinking

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Blog 6: Bodystorming rbar6756

How did physically acting out help to explore Ideas

The physical acting provided a visual expression of ideas which enabled us to explore various situations within close proximity.  This quickly enabled us to assess and value different scenarios in a short amount of time.   As a group we role played a number of situations between several characters in regards to space, situation, movement and feelings.  Case by case awareness and documentation allowed the physical play on different point of views to become a productive exercise.

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

Rapidly ideas were refined by assessing problems related to plane seating, limited space, privacy and difficult with neighbouring passengers.  We valued some ideas were not practical so more focus went in creating better solutions. Though documenting and mapped different angles of thoughts provided some practical creative ideas.

What was difficult or challenging about Bodystorming?

The challenge was getting started in a physical scenario play role situation.  Different characters and different situations provided a location for one person writing the different role playing acts, two people acting and one analysing to resolve the problems.  Working with an active group enabled us to move quickly through different scenes and character roles while assessing good approaches to problems and focus on solutions.

Does Bodystorming lend itself to certain types of problems?

The physical setting provide an effective way at looking at design idea solutions to design problems. This brings awareness to the individual feeling, needs and wants estimating the best outcome in assessing the user expectation with considering practical design results.

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Summary Poster Comments

The team feedback on my poster.

  • What are people looking at online while surfing?
  • I didn’t know the amount of TV hours people watch?
  • I didn’t know people are still worry about Viruses?
  • I didn’t know that people would be happy to watch advertisements or provide personal information for subsidised free content online?


  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?

The Extreme User allowed to push our ideas into many directions of creativity. Through group discussion our ideas form our design usage into an exciting path.  These ideas created the characters and set up the story form putting character forms into the fiction design.  The design seem to be brought into creative writing that would fit into the character scene.  The design had fitted the needs and purposes of the characters lifestyle and how the product features developed had veiled imaginative workable product.

Working as a team helped generate and discuss the group ideas with a quick turnaround.  This assisted valuable criticism and added productive feedback.

  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?

I found the story design a really handy tool being able to make a mock-up frames like a filmstrip was allowed me to present every sentence, every action needed to generate a response. It allowed me to displace an initial trigger that carries through to my final goal and show how the design will support this process.  Because stories add a time dimension they highlight the design mistakes that could otherwise be missed. It allows the design goals to be clarified up front and meant that the whole group had to come to an agreement on the goals before becoming more specific about the details.

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Week 4 Blog Reflection rbar6756

How did this exercise help you build empathy with the prospective users?

The coloured post it notes was a quick method for the designer to gather and interpret the user’s travel plan data through discussion and highlighting the user’s interest, needs, issues and motivations. This created empathy as we are able to relate and connect with these needs and frustrations through our own understanding.

How did this clustering of information help you understand user needs?

The cluster of information provided a visual outline of the user’s characterise pattern and allowed the opportunity to review the data giving an insight of the user’s lifestyle situation.

What was difficult or challenging with the technique? How would you do it better next time?

The team member’s gathered information quickly and converted this into a large mapping strategy.  This provide the group a visual platform to deliberate and categorise the rankings of the user’s specific needs. Our approach had too many ideas and we as a group needed to refined and focus on clearer expression notes to target the boundaries in connecting our information.

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Describe your experience of creating a single persona from different user’ perspective gathered in the interview data.  Was there enough commonality between the 4 people interviewed to form a coherent persona?

The persona exercise worked well by asking open ended questions in gathering individual information from all 4 parties on their age, needs, interests and experiences . Through the single person interview process, relationships were built between the interviewer and the users which allowed a good basis for examining the users’ perspectives.  The interviews commenced with a series of structured questions that provided a snapshot of the on the data information. However, as the interview relationship became more relaxed, related questions relevant to information already provided were asked to better identify their requirements.

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

The final persona framework needed longer interview times to develop a successful empathy. By reviewing the data, it showed a wide disconnect between the 4 parties. In reviewing the questions and additional time would provide significant information on understanding the user and their needs.

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Blog Reflection Week 2- rbar6756

How did working through different materials help you to explore and express potential solutions to a design problem?

When I sketched my design I had scaled back on some of the ideas I wanted to do because I didn’t believe that I would be able to achieve them, however once I started to experiment with the materials I noticed that the cardboard material was quite flexible whilst remaining supportive allowing me to go further with my design then I would have thought.  The materials allow you to go through a process of trial and error to overcome potential problems and solutions.

What kinds of information and inspiration did the different material give you? Did you have a favourite material?

The cardboard text was most definitely my favourite I found that it was easy to work with and the material folded and stayed in shape and position which made it very easy for my design to come to fruition. It was much easier to work with then the other materials as the pipe cleaners provided me with flexibility but not strength, and the toothpicks provided me with nothing. Because of their abilities and limitations it definitely inspired the designs that I came up with.

What did you change along the way? What did you learn from your prototypes?

I changed my toothpick design along the way.  I wanted stand up legs and a backing to my chair which did not work for me so I had to recreate my prototype with the toothpicks to something that worked.

How well did you address your user needs in the various design models you created?

I have to be honest and say that I probably did not quite get my users needs satisfied. I was designing for Maggie and maybe that are not the best for a baby. I did ensure that there were no sharp ends of my toothpick stool but I guess in terms of safety for a baby I have to address that better.

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