As a precursor to everything we began with an activity with toys. Stacey asked pointed questions about how we understand toy interactions based on ideas such as context, previous history of experiences, form and visual cues, etc.
This activity was effective in helping us think about the very basic things of what communicates human interactions. It helps us better understand ourselves with our own desires and emotions and human elements of intuition, curiosity, and ambiguity.
As an ice breaker alternative, we answered several questions with post its and categorized these and grouped them to look for relationships and overlaps. This helped us dig even deeper within these insights by understanding the greater context and ultimately appreciate the similarities and differences between us.
In defining the plan for the semester and the first project, I better understand the goals of this course and the value of our approach to navigate, clarify, and visualize information.