IDEA9106 Design Thinking

Design is a state of mind



Blog Reflection 9 – yani6932

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

Different shots would lead audiences into different feelings and views. It is important to change the shots and scenes to make audiences inside into your design. Using different shots and scenes could present your concept better in different angles.

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

Storyline are focused on telling narrative which are tried to set and perform followed scenarios. The motivation for me to choose is that should be occur in a narrative situations and it t need to be described by story types in details. I think the most romantic movies, love movies should be storyline structure.

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

Yes, it should be related. Different style should be suitable for different types or aged audiences. Because they have different preferences with different level of acceptable for new things.

Blog Reflection 7 – yani6932

Reflect on your experience of the Affordances exercise by answering the following questions:

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

During the exercises, I developed three items which are water bottle, comb and recharge. And I pay attention to water bottle. For the initial understanding, I found it has the false affordance which I used to turn the wrong direction when I was trying to open it. The perceptible affordance are holding and drinking. Then the hidden affordance are weight, temperature and volume. After the exercises, I changed the appearances of the item then I found the false affordance would not existing anymore.

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.

Because different people has different insights about same objects. Therefore, it is important to explore your personal insights that a single ideas to change with the objects would change lots of affordances. The positive affordances are conflicting with negative affordances. When you changed the negative one, the positive one may be changed as well. For example, when I changed the false affordances of my water bottle to tape the sign of turning direction, I found it would change the appearances affordances. It would not be good looking anymore.

Blog Reflection 8 – yani6932

Reflect on your experience of conducting and participating in usability evaluation, by answering the following questions:

Comment on how you experienced the technique as both user and evaluator …

For each of the 2 techniques (user observation, think aloud):

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

During the whole process of user evaluation, I acted as 2 different roles. When I was a user, I just followed to complete the tasks with think aloud method. However, during the process, I speaked what I think in my mind and I found I usually did the actions that I was used to do. Therefore, I found it is very significant to design something followed the user habits.

As a evaluator, I experienced with the different methods for observation which let me to observe the user’s expressions and body languages. According to the process of the observation, I could find the preferences and satisfactions for users on the design. It could also help to discover the issues.

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

About think aloud, it is difficult for users to speak aloud with what they actually think. Because most people are not used to speak when they are doing or operating something. You have to remind them to tell us what they are thinking.

About Observation, it is a very good technique but it has to be recorded because it is hard to remember all small and quite movements.


Blog Reflection6 – yani6932

Reflect on your experience of the Body storming exercise by answering the following questions:

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

This could help designers to understand potential users’ behaviours and to explore user’s actual needs to find deeper insight of the actions. It also could help designers to find the suitable solutions to figure out the problem that help designers that not focused on the way they always think and believe.

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

Yes, experiences and behaviors influenced the design deeply because this is a human center based design that to solve the user’s’ issues. We have to think from the user’s way.

3)  What was difficult or challenging about bodystorming?

It is difficult for designers to act as a user with a real scenarios that actually what potential users would do. Designers are always thinking with their own way that cause the gap between the different thoughts.

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

Yes, designers could act as the users to see what problems that users would experience during the process or workflows.



Blog Reflection 5 – yani6932

Reflect on your experience of the Ideation exercise by answering the following questions:

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?

Of course, it is different with what we often do with ideas and empathy. When we generated ideas for an extreme user, we could focus on the specific ideas to satisfy the needs of the majority which could match the design target users. Also, this could help us jump out of our mind stereotypes what the way we usually think and work.

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?

Yes, there are lots of design thinking techniques that could help us to think as the users which could focus on user experiences and empathy. For example, design provocation cards are kind of method of ideations that could imagine multiple ideas and points. Also, storyboards are the design techniques that really help us to conduct the scenarios how your design story work on the specific situations with users.


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