How did physically acting out help to explore ideas?
It was very different to represent the experience we were trying to design as opposed to just imagining it. There were some details and situations that we understood better after acting, that ended up making a big difference in our conclusions.
Did you refine your ideas and solutions to the problem through bodystorming? In what way?
Yes, definitely. We came up with an isolation device, that we realized we´d felt bad about using in a social context because others might feel rejected. We had not thought about the social implications of this idea during ideation, and probably wouldn´t have without bodystorming.
What was difficult or challenging about bodystorming?
For me it was difficult to stay in character part of the time. it required some extra concentration to be able to do it. I found it a lot easier to act as observer and take notes from my teammates actions.
Does bodystorming lend itself to certain types of problems?
My group and i agreed that it was very useful to make situations real, but also to encourage playful thinking. It different to be able to observe/perform behavior directly, that makes easier to have empathy with users, because it is easier to remember our related experiences and knowledge. I would say bodystorming is specially useful to design for complex interaction, where some subtle details or situations could be overlooked by designers if they were only to brainstorm.