I recently attended an interesting workshop at IDC, IIT Bombay which was exclusively organised to resolve the conflict about defining design, appropriately named as “Demystifying Design”.
I learnt a unique approach of learning design through everyday observations. The professor over their showed us a plethora of real-life observations captured by him to introduce us to different ways of seeing.
By the end, I was convinced that observation is the key tool towards identifying needs, understanding human behaviors and improving one’s design thinking.
I immediately applied this technique to improve my observation skills. Some of the pictures captured by me:
These were designed to keep kids from putting hands into them. Well, I think they succeeded there but why do they have to be on heighted outlets as well?
How people with arthritic hands or elders will ever be able to manage them?
That’s it. I continue to capture such design observations as and when I spot them.
Which other techniques do you know to improve observation skills? Let me know in the comments.