Ideation Process Blog

What I did.

In this sprint project, I was tasked with the objective of creating sketches to represent different ideas associated with the activity of commuting. Throughout the print I followed the 10+10 method, where I first drew 10 different sketches with any ideas I had of commuting. Then, I picked the sketch that I thought offered the most potential in becoming an actual product that could help with the activity of commuting.

The sketch that I chose as having the most potential

After picking my most promising sketch, I then went on to create 10 more sketches solely around adjusting things from my original idea. My most promising sketch was the bicycle with an umbrella, so I created 10 other sketches that were similar.

A few examples of the other sketches I made based on my most promising idea.

Once I finished all my sketches, I created a PDF file that held all of 20 of my sketches in one place which can be found here: file:///C:/Users/Sunwoo/Desktop/HCDE%20498/Sketch%20Sprint.pdf.

Reflection.

This sprint was a very interesting project because I never thought too much about the importance of sketching. Although my sketches themselves were not very high quality, I was able to see how professional human centered designers can use sketches to create better products. It definitely made me wonder how much time a human centered designer would spend on sketching. If I was able to make 20 sketches in a relatively short amount of time, how many could a professional make and in how short of a time? It would be very interesting to see a real designer go through their sketches. I also want to know how they get past any blocks in their head when they cannot think of any new ideas. I found myself very lost at times in how to create any new ideas, so it would be good to see how professionals brainstorm.

Wildcard: Did I use any self-constraints?

After drawing out 10 original sketches about the idea of commuting, I decided to choose my bicycle with the umbrella to use as a basis for 10 more sketches. I chose this sketch because I felt that I could narrow down on a much more specific theme of commuting: commuting in the rain. I wanted to think of 10 more ideas off of the idea that the people who would potentially be using my product would be commuting to school or work in rainy weather, like Seattle. This definitely helped me think of new ideas for my 10 new sketches and it was easier to think of the needs of this more concise people group, rather than every single commuter in the world.

How this relates to society.

As I said earlier, I was able to see why sketching is such an important part of the designing process. It helps create more specific ideas and can help expose problems that one may have not seen earlier. Sketching with an eye towards ideation can definitely be beneficial for human centered designers, engineers and inventors. For example, an engineer at Boeing could use sketches to help create more powerful and efficient wings for an airplane, while a designer could use sketches to create different styles that they could look at. And because they go through many different sketches, many new ideas can be created with their cooperation and sketching.

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