UCD Charrette Process Blog — Entry 5 Ideation

Leanne Liu

HCDE 210

October 30, 2016

  1. What I did, How I did, Why I did, and Techniques

In this sprint, I practiced brainstorming ideas into sketches. To do this, I timed myself to no more than two minutes for each sketch so I can complete them quickly. During the first few sketches, I was imagining how I could make my commuting time more productive. I came up with ideas of smartphone apps that would calculate what I can do within my commuting time.

One of my practical ideas for making commuting productive.

Afterwards, I decided that I would sketch things that was beyond the norms of society. To do that, I imagined what I personally feel would be interesting to commute. Some of what I came up with are transportation methods in air, and people carrying other persons on their shoulders. I tried to be strange, spontaneous, and wacky because I was brainstorming. Some techniques I used was imagining interesting transportation devices and thinking outside the norm boundaries.

One of my impossible ideas for methods of commuting.

2. Reflections and Questions That Arose

I never would have thought that sketching out different ideas in a short period time would be so difficult. It raised questions such as, “How can I make ideas come to me faster?” and “Why is ideating so difficult?” A major problem I ran into during this sprint was not being able to come up with different ideas, especially during the convergent sketches. I knew the general idea of what I needed to sketch, but that also limited the ideas I could come up with. It seemed as if my brain could not keep up with my wish to ideate.

3. WILDCARD Question: How did you chose your “most promising” sketch? Which variables did you consider?

I chose my “most promising” sketch in a simple process. I looked through all my sketches, and chose one that A.) looked like it had the most room to modify, and B.) I personally would really like to use as a way to commute. Personally, I feel that commuting by means of bubbles would be very interesting. I also knew that I could draw a lot of ideas from that concept for my convergent sketches. The biggest variable of choosing my “most promising” sketch was that the concept had the largest room for expanding ideas.

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