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?
Actually, I have never used the method of taking the position of an Extreme User, but it really works. I admit it is a good way to explore my thinking, because that gives me a new perspective to think about the questions also user’s needs. Usually, I just consider user’s needs from common aspects therefore sometimes I will constraint myself. because I always tell me that the design should obey most people’s will and don’t make them strange. However, in this tutorial, I feel my thought just released and I became brave to hold some crazy idea, it is interesting, and fantastic thing is that many creations you never thought about just lied through it. It is also a good method to remind your interesting memory and ideas which you have forgot. Compared with my usual habit, the Extreme User method like to give me a new world and new way to think about some creative things, such method actually stimulate my thought and can make me see more potential area. It just like a rich resources overlooked from your brain. In addition, this tutorial also reminds me to think questions not only from questions themselves but also from questions’ relative areas (everything).
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, I want to say the provocation cards will give me prompts to continue my thinking when I feel difficult to define a direction or my thought was too wide and ambiguous. Furthermore the provocation cards also a good tool to arise the awareness of category. I think that is a good method to help us make our thought easier. When I write a story, I just found more and more ideas will appear during this procedure, which I can’t come up with just by thinking. Therefore, I think stories just like sketch notes can help people create new ideas and also record them and make them useful in my story. Go through the collaboration, I think it is a process of mix of our ideas and produce some new again on base of former parts. It is a good method to generate all ideas and record them and make them in sequence. People always have a lot of thoughts but you will feel difficult to output them at once. Stories are good to way to remind your memories.