IDEA9106 Design Thinking

Design is a state of mind



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

Th object I chose was a hanger. The hanger is easy to change the structure, while, the common use of hangers is just to hang up clothes. In the certain use situation, users can change the use of objects to meet their needs.

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.

I think designer should consider how users can extend the use of products. If on product can be used in multiple ways, the users’ experience could be improved. Users can be considered as a second users, when designers design the product, they can not think every use of the product. May be a good designer should give some space to users.



Q1. How did taking the position of an extreme user influence your thinking in relation to the design challenge? Was is different to how you usually generate ideas and empathy?

Extreme user makes the thinking process very interesting. I need to consider unusual things to meet special requirements. By this method, some creative ideas could be created. Compared with generate ideas and empathy, extreme user is unreal. It gets rid of any limitation when I try to think a solution.

Q2. Did any of the other design thinking techniques (design provocation cards, stories, storyboards etc) help you to work through ideas and collaborate with you group members?

Scenario and storyboards are quite useful, especially, scenario can help us create a scene and think the needs of user in this particular scene.

Reflection 04_yren8479

a. reflective listening

This part practice is more like that you are listening a person’s story and like a friend. Need both listener and speaker join the activity. As a listener, I faced a person who I know nothing about him/her. It was very interesting that you can know other people’s story, but also it was a challenge that you needed to know a person in a short time. When I became a speaker, the hard part for me is that I need to give my ket information in a short time, so I needed to choose the most importation part.

b. defamiliarization of every day reality

It was a very fun experience for me that I watched the familiar places in a different view.  I have never putted my attention on my body’s feeling. Also I found some reasons why I feel uncomfortable when I take public transports. For example, the buses noise could be a key factor making passengers anxiety.

c. empathic modelling

It is a very useful way that can let designers know what problems need to be solved. For example, I noticed that the color of wall and light are two virtual factors that can make people easily know the structure of the building. IMG_1764.JPG

Reflection 3–yren8479

1) Describe your experience of creating personas from different users’ perspectives gathered in the interview data. Was there enough commonality between the 4 people interviewed to form a coherent persona? Or did it make more sense to create a second different persona?

Our group had 5 members and it’s semi-enough to create a coherent persona. Because some information is not sufficient and need to be imaged. It is not enough to create a second one.

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

I think that the final one was very successful. I would like to add more background information and details.

Blog reflection 02_yren8479

11490067140_.pic copy1. How did this exercise help you build empathy with prospective users?

The interview helps me know users’ experience. Through this process I can understand what they need. This exercise let me to practice how to organise information and how to find useful information.

2. How did the clustering of information help you to understand user needs?

By this way, I can know different aspects of user needs, not just one aspect. Also different users’ experience is helpful to help designers to find the most popular need of users.

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

The hardest part for me is that I don’t know what kind of information should I highlight in the interview. In the beginning, I am very confused what should I am looking for. Now, I understand that I should not just look for one kind of information, so next time, I won’t just focus on one point.

BLOG Reflection 1_ yren8479

  1. How is this sketchnoting technique different to the traditional note taking?

Traditional note-taking more focuses on recording words without images. Sketch noting technique records both words and images. Traditional method is simple and benefits to record vast information, while, it might make recorders too focus on recording information to ignore understanding content. Sketch noting is helpful to understand the information.

2.How does this visual approach facilitate communication of your ideas? Conversely, how does it prevent it?

This visual approach benefits to find the relationship between different objects and content.Vision is an important way could be helpful to understand and remember new things. For example, numbers are usually visualised by graphs in report, by which viewers could be easily to know if it is a big number or a small one. On the other hand, it is hard to visualise information in a short time, so it could have negative effects on recording information and result in missing some information.

3.Personal challenges as a sketchnoter?

The most hard part for me is visualisation. I don’t know how to present some content by images. When this situation occurs, I will ignore the following information and be stuck.

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