This week the reading really focused on prototyping and what it means to get out there and do things. The articles highlighted how each step of the design process helps us to add empathy and understand design a little bit more. In prototyping and physically designing and evaluating a product, one is able to understand it better and make better use of it. The reading also talked a lot about how going through the process can provide more insights. Sometimes, the process brings about a completely new insight and changes the course of the design. Prototyping also allows consumers to feel and interact with a product, giving insight as well.
This week focused largely on the concept of ideas and how we can better identify and use them. We constantly think about what we consume in our daily lives and interact with different forms of culture, education, and media. By recognizing the strengths in this consumption and applying a relaxed and open frame of mind- either by research, analysis, meditation, and exploration- and develop innovative and unique solutions and approaches to our daily lives. By absorbing and observing the world around us we expand the connections our minds are able to make the conclusions our minds can reach, and allow us to create the next best thing.
This week’s content focused on how design is understanding and seeing implicit things surrounding us. Identifying these implicit needs and thoughts is how we create innovative and new designs.
This week, the reading dug deeper into how we organize and create through the design process. The readings spoke to the multitude of aspects that impact the design process and contribute into the final result. The readings also touched on how the process of design has changed with the focus shifting towards UX and Human Centered Design. These philosophies for approaching design have created a new, more intuitive range of designs as it all comes from human experience. This has refined design and allowed for new innovative processes to emerge, something that the content for this week really highlighted.