IDEA9106 Design Thinking

Design is a state of mind



Blog Reflection 10-wsha0108

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

We need to think about all affordance on the tools we bring to the lab, which are chopsticks scissor, we try to analyze the shape of them and brainstorming on how can it be used as another using. Affordance that I found are toothbrush, grabbing it stable during the dark situation.


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 did manipulation between toothbrush and aluminum foil. Firstly, we wrapped the toothbrush with aluminum foil, then we changed the shape of it to fit holding within user’s hands and test whether it is easy and comfortable to be used.

Next is the abilities change, for example, the user has to close his eyes to pretend to be a blind person. As a designer, we need to think different situation when the user encounter  and how to solve these issues.

Blog Reflection 9-wsha0108

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

Through shots and scenes, we could explain and express the main concepts of our design. After I thought how we could use shots to communicate much stronger through the video, By using the shots and the scenes, it is easy to show the advantage and the focal points and features of 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 most moved plots must happened in love story. People love stories, since stories come from life and it is different from true life. So to some extent, storyline structure would give the audience deep impression.

I still remember the  movie Once, the film tell a love story  of the actors and actresses.

3. What choice did you make about audience and style? Were they related?

Since our design is about the course and information releasing system, so we decide our audience group should be the students in USYD. We think the product positioning is very important. It is as important as marketing, since the shots and scenes are just like advertising, the manager have to know what kind of audience and group of potential users are.

Blog Reflection 8-wsha0108

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

Doing a task in a website while observing carefully gives you a hint on where are the usability problems, since every person is different it is important to see by testing others too. As a user, I was able to gain valuable insights and information based on my own experience by performing the task of booking tickets on Sydney Opera House’s website personally. It is difficult to start looking for the problems in a platform when you have no idea where are they. As an evaluator, watching the video would give the evaluators awareness of understanding weaknesses and strengths.


2. What aspect of the technique worked well or were frustrating?

I believe the frustrating part is understanding what is this technique for and what are you trying to achieve. I would treat think aloud important to me when encounter an issue. During the task, my evaluator tried to jot down my words/quotes and my verbal reactions to the task of using a website. Taking a video in reality is not as easy as thinking aloud technique, because during the usability test, users are going to feel very uncomfortable if someone records their videos. People get frustrated when they are taken photos or videos.

Blog Reflection 7-wsha0108

How did physically acting out help to explore ideas?

One obvious point that I noticed through physically acting out is that there are always unthought issues appear. We normally use brainstorming to explore ideas just in minds. However, once we physically act out the situation, the results of brainstorming are not enough. Another thing is that designers are able to experience the current situation of users by physically acting out, which is also an useful method to understand expectations and build empathy with potential users.

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

Yes, we did.

Our group deal with the sleeping problem in airplane. We tried to simulate a real situation in economic class and two of us acted as passengers siting on their seats and one play the role of airline stewardess.

We pretended to be sit in a real airplane, this made us think the real needs of us. Bodystorming would definitely helps us to remind the requirement. And during bodystorming other group members could also to observe their behaviours. By looking up and leaning back, we found neck pillow and eye blinder could be important.

What was difficult or challenging about bodystorming?

Sometimes bodystorming couldn’t give us the real feeling of a scene, which means we have to rely on our imagination. And the results of bodystorming mainly based on the players and the observers. If they take it as serious then we might get a better results. 

Does bodystorming lend itself to certain types of problems?

It is not suitable for all types of problems.

Bodystorming may work well in some situations which could be simulated, especially for role playing, so that others could observe and  problems and provide the suggestion or solution. However, sometimes there are situations no way to simulate.

Assessment 3 – WSHA0108, BCHE4618, KYAN8870




Blog Reflection 6-wsha0108

This week I received feedback of my poster, the topic I choose is the relationship among community which is relative our of us. In the University of  Sydney, most students are international students, and I believe the topic concerns us all (or almost all).

And I received the comment from my classmates:

  • Have you considered the difficulty of how to integrate your system with the one of university?

Yes, like what I mentioned in my slide, this kind of super timetable was very popular                in China among high school and university for recent time. I think it won’t be a big deal to integrate it with the university since most universities are using Black Board. It is easy to manipulate.

  • Do you think this system would distract students from the formal class?

No, I think the benefits students get from it overweights the disadvantages of it.I don’t think students would like to spends time on Super-Timetable to know new friends, since people don’t like to spend long time to get to know new things, they would like to spend time on something they are familiar with, if they really don’t like the course and want to do something else to kill time.

But they could gets to know new friends and discuss the homework or anything relates or not relates with the course. This system or app would collapses distance and makes everyone your neighbour. Its is a new kind of Facebook which every students were linked with the class they  choose or they are interested.


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