Panel Report: Applications 2

Ideation — Jake Fleisher

I learned quite a bit about ideation from Jake Fleisher’s presentation and he also reiterated a lot of things we had already learned about ideation in lecture and studio. He explained things like how in a professional setting it is important to have things physically written down on something like a white board so everyone can get a chance to see the information and make inferences from it. He talked about the importance of sketching and that you should sketch as many ideas as possible and then narrow them down. One thing that he said that really stood out to me was that we need to have our designs conform to people’s needs not have people conform to our designs.

User Research — Katie Derthick

I thought Katie’s presentation was the most interesting one we’ve had on a panel so far. She not only brought in the professional world but also the implementations she observed in other parts of the world. She showed us how her room was set up with all of her notes. She also recommended that we use post-it notes when going through certain processes. One thing that really stood out to me was that after all her time studying the Buddhist people, her purpose was not to design things for them, it was to take what she learned and apply it to her teaching so that her students can bring those aspects into their own work.


After both of these presentations there are a number of things I could be doing in order to improve the work I did on my sprints. Jake Fleisher showed me that improving my sketching skills would be very beneficial and getting feedback from others is very helpful in the ideation process. Katie Derthick showed me that when doing user research it could be very beneficial for me to use post-it notes in my process and organize my data that way.

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