After watching this Ted Talk a couple weeks ago in class, I took away a couple of what I believe to be the most important reflections of the semester. The key to design thinking is empathy, relating to the consumer is the best way to see what they would want and need. Also thinking in ways that are unconventional like going from the why to the how to the what instead of the other way around creates a different thought process that can produce unique innovations. Throughout the video, Simon emphasized the importance of doing business with people who have the same beliefs as you. I agree having a team of like minded individuals fuels a successful project because everyone is passionate about a common goal.
Through the 3D team prototyping project we built our ideating skills, this was pretty challenging because as a team we had to come up with 5 completely new innovations. After this we had to select one idea to go ahead and prototype. This was my first experience creating a model of something I had a part in inventing and it was helpful to see what is required to take your product to the next level. You need to have precise measurements for all the pieces or else it will not fit together and you need to be mindful of your presentation of the product as a whole. After this project, I feel better prepared to prototype other ideas I will need to come up with for future IA classes.
My 30 day challenge project incorporated heavily the creative thinking tool imaging. While creating my hybrid animals I had to have a mental imagine of what I wanted to draw before I started drawing it and this mental image was transformed until I reached the final product that I was satisfied with. Both my mandalas and hybrid animals were also transformations, transformations of what I imagined into a physical drawing. This was one of my favorite activities in the class because although it was a graded assignment is was very relaxing to work on and I realized that I do enjoy drawing and I would like to keep pursuing it as a hobby. This project also showed me that creativity has a broad definition, it cannot be constricted because everyone has their own style and way of doing things.
The second IA speaker series had an interesting speaker, Mark Long, who encouraged us to use the creative thinking skill of imaging so that we can create an idea with a mental image of what we want. It is only after that, that we are then able to take the idea and begin to prototype and experiment to make that idea the best version possible. This series was informative because he spoke in depth about the incubators that are at our disposal as students, which are free spaces to create and grow a business. Finally, I loved the way he described the creative process: find something you’re passionate about, keep the idea simple, and create a unique viable product.