Ideation- Sketching

Overview

This week we learned about the process of ideation and generating new ideas through sketches. The purpose of this week’s sprint was to explore an important element of the human centered design process: Ideation. We did this through the process of sketching, which is a fundamental tool used by designers to help communicate ideas.

Labeling sketches to make pictures more clear

Studio

In studio, we practiced the 10x10 sketching technique. For the first 10 sketches, we draw 10 different ideas that are within the general criteria. We then pick one of these sketches and draw 10 variations of this concept. This technique was really helpful because it allows us to generate many ideas, but at the same gives us the chance to refine our ideas.

10 Sketches with many ideas about cleaning

Deliverable

In the assignment, I also used this 10x10 method to generate an idea under the “cleaning” overview. I started by drawing 10 sketches of the first things that came to mind when I think about the word cleaning. I then chose my favorite idea: a microwave self-cleaner, and drew 10 variations of this. In the end I chose what I believe would be the most promising idea.

Reflection

Through this experience, I learned many new things about how ideas are created and how to improve my sketching process. One of the problems I faced in studio was spending too much time on each sketch. I included too many details and could not seem to move on from an idea. We learned that when it comes to sketching, it is quantity over quality. This was something I worked on in the deliverable and tried not to spend too much time on each sketch. Another thing I struggled with was erasing parts of the sketches and “fixing” them. Doing this slows down the process because as we talked about in studio, it is not helpful to be creating ideas and judging them at the same time. Switching to pen allowed me to stop focusing on the problems and stop judging the process.

10 Variations of microwave cleaner idea

What did you like about this project, and why?

I really enjoyed this week’s project because it was very unique and was a change to what we usually do. My favorite thing about this sprint was that although I never thought of myself as an artist or someone with any artistic ability, it gave me the sense of being a “creator”. It was really interesting to see where my mind would go with ideas and seeing the final “most promising” idea is very rewarding. I would not have imagined coming up with this idea on my own and I think this ideation process is very helpful. Not only could I use this 10x10 method for human centered design, but I could apply it to generate ideas in other fields.

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