“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.” ― Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics
Let’s have a little fun and give design thinking a try. This exercise is modeled after the Stanford Design School’s (d.school) Wallet Project 90-minute workshop. If you would like to use the materials for this activity, all resources can be found on the Wallet Project site.
In this exercise, you'll use the design thinking process to create a prototype of a wallet for someone based on their needs. The purpose of the exercise is to get a feel for the design approach, gain some shared vocabulary, and get a taste of each design "mode" (empathize, define, ideate, prototype, test).
Since you need a partner, you can either do this with someone in person or connect with another Engage member by email or using “@mention”. If both you and your partner are on Engage, each person should design a wallet for each other.
- Empathize: Ask your “user” to share the contents of his or her wallet with you. Interview the person about their wallet (what’s in it, what they like and don’t like about their wallet, what they would like, and so forth.) You may notice things about the person’s feelings and experience with the wallet that that she or he may not see.
- Define: Identify the challenge. [User’s Name] needs a way to [user’s need] because (or “but…” or “Surprisingly…”) [insight]. Post the challenge in your reply to this post.
- Ideate: Brainstorm ways to meet the user’s needs - this can be done by sketching, listing, concept mapping - however you choose! In your reply, explain the ideation method you used.
- Prototype: Build a representation of one or more of your ideas to show to others. This is akin to a rough draft! Get creative! Use household or craft materials to create a prototype - duct tape, paper, cardboard, material, etc..
- Test: Share your prototype with your original user and get feedback. Take a photo and attach your prototype to your post to share with the Engage community.
Congratulations! You used design thinking to complete a design challenge!
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