IDEA9106 Design Thinking

Design is a state of mind



Blog Reflection 07 – yiye7754

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 select was a scissor. It was just used to cut things. After I added the plastic wrap and the chopsticks, it became a sculpture.

2. Given that affordances are 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

I manipulated the object to recreate my own design. As a designer, thinking in a totally different way allowed me to generated creative things. I gained an interesting perspective of design.

Blog Reflection 09 – yiye7754

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

The storyboard of thinking in terms of shots illustrates how the possible solution solves problems in reality. The approach helps us to consider the product in different situations and problems.

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

My motivation of using storyline is that it can easily show my ideas to others by putting my design in a particular scenario. The advertisement uses the same structure.

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

Our audiences may be international students who have same problems of the lack of health literacy in the next step.

Blog Reflection 5 – yiye7754

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 design for extreme users is different form the design for the majority. Taking the position of an extreme user allows us to think more about the daily routine, hobbies, requirements and difficulties of a specific group. Then, trying to built empathy and generating specific plans for those target groups.

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?

The scenario and storyboard are two helpful techniques for me. The use of scenario helped me to find problems and motivations of one kind of characters in specific scenes. The storyboard helped me to illustrate my ideas clearly.




Blog reflection 6 – yiye7754

How did physically acting out to help to explore ideas?

The use of physical acts to perform scenarios can help participants to find potential problems in real situations. As participants, we got better understandings of those difficulties and, then tried to explore more solutions.

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

After taking different roles in the activity, we considered ideas and solutions from multiple perspectives. Finally, 6 problems and 2 ideas have been refined.

What was difficult or challenging about body storming?

Imagination was one of the challenges for me. Sometimes, we lack effective tools and environment to act the real situation, so we need to recall and imagine all the time.

Does body storming lend itself to certain types of problems?

Yes, this method would help designers to react the real situation and to explore reasonable solutions.



Blog reflection 8 – yiye7754

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

Through think aloud method, I realised that the importance of a reasonable layout of websites, because as a participant, I felt confused to find some buttons during the process of seeking my target products. Also, when my role is a recorder, I observed that users had some puzzled facial expressions when they tried to find some functions.

What aspects of the technique worked well or were frustrating?

I found that the words from participants were really helped, because they told what they couldn’t find, what operations did they misunderstand, and how they went to the next step. However, the facial expression was hard to observe, because they always looked like not facial expression at all.



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