[Mix and match exercises] to make emotions visible and tangible
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What is it for?
It is a mobile workshop activity where participants make objects that represent their feelings. This tool involves light facilitation that lets participants pick and choose what and in what ways they want to reflect on their experience.
This tool enables participants to articulate how they feel about an experience through the process of making and provides a structure and framework for reflecting and capturing insights.
Participants’ State of Mind
Level of Complexity (1–5)
Time for Participation
15 mins to 90 mins
The following illustrates Materializing in action and more specifically, how D.I.Y. style workshops can be practiced. Both use cases featured here are in the context of a design conference.
- Materializing: Conference Attendee’s Learning Experience (Better World by Design, 2017)
- Materializing: Conference Attendee’s Learning Experience (hosted by Parsons, The New School)
1. Materializing: Conference Attendee’s Learning Experience
(at Better World by Design)
Making visible and tangible people’s learnings and take-aways from attending a three-day conference.
Physical Emotion Booth, Matter–Mind Studio
First, participants fill in the blank space on the story card, while reflecting on their learnings and feelings; second, they create an object to represent the emotional experience; third, facilitators take photos of their creations to document their ‘physical emotion.’
2. Materializing: Conference Attendee’s Learning Experience
(at Parsons, The New School)
Making visible and tangible people’s learnings and take-aways from attending a conference for Ph.D. candidates.
Reflection Room, THRIVING / a co-design lab by Lisa Grocott. Research Assistants: Siri-Betts Sonstegard and Myriam Diatta, and Researcher Lisa Grocott.
A collection of playmobiles, mad-lib poems, blank diagrams, ambiguous objects and paper, and stickers are provided for participants to materialize their emotional experiences.