IDEA9106 Design Thinking

Design is a state of mind



Week 2-Material Iterations

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

It was important to understand that how limitations of material would impact on my design. For cardboard, it is hard and would be good support material but less flexibility. It can be folded and band in one direction so I paid more attention on safe and stable structure design. Comparatively, the pipe cleaners were flexible and when it is bended it become elastic. This kind of material would allow me to connect different part of the chair to produce a product and its production is more 3D. Toothpick and sticky tape create a kind of material that is similar to cardboard but with less support ability and make it difficult for design.

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

Pipe cleaners is my favourite material. It gives me the information of design order and hierarchy. Like which part is the most important part of the whole design (can be shape or size requirements). And soft material has more possible forms and solution of structure.

3. What did you change along the way? What did you from your prototypes?

When I use cardboard to make a chair I simplify the shape of my design because cardboard hard to fold in two directions. The pipe cleaners allow my to add more interesting structure and decorations.

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

Maggie needs a playful, comfortable, mobile and safe product. However, all my design are not mobile at the end and playful element always have safety issue that is not solved in class time. I think my designs are comfortable and I choose to make safety the first priority.


Week 4-Reflection

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

As there were five different interview, so all ‘users’s need’, ‘motivation’, ‘issue’ and ‘interest’ are from various background and competencies.┬áThis exercise helps us to manipulate and transform complex configurations in a fast way and pick up useful elements from a interviews.

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

This exercise helped us to understand user needs with intefration of motivation, issues and interests. We can understand user needs deeper and in a more logical way.

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

It is important to understand the relationship between need and motivaion and how they are different in the interviews. We spent a long time on discussing how to classify them.


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