IDP 116/17:Reflection 1 (Response to: Prototyping: The Path from Ideas to Transformative Agency)

In Reading Response by Elsie Odhiambo

Going into this class, I am concerned that my discomfort with hands-on design might make it hard for me to explore design ideas. I am looking forward to gaining the courage to dive into design assignments and embrace uncertainty.  

Design thinking is the process of iteratively developing solutions that solve problems or generally simplifies different operation systems. Since design thinking influences people’s livelihood it [design thinking] is an agent for social and economical change to mention a few.

Because design thinking is an individual process, there is potential for developing as many ideas as there are people. For this reason, there is a great likelihood for ambivalence and controversies especially considering that different people will approach problems from different perspectives depending on how it affects them (or someone else) as an individual. On this note as well, individuals take varying design paths to achieve the same goal resulting into varying design time frames and even extent of impact of the final design, among other things. It is however hard (if not impossible) to come to a consensus on a particular “right way” of designing something; and in most case there is not an excellent choice anyway but people are most likely to disagree on this based on their personal preferences or experiences. Additionally, I feel that there is generally a need to universalize solutions as designers struggle to cover as wide a scope as reasonably possible yet this attempt could limit the effectiveness of the design. Finally, I believe that there might be discord with regards to acceptable social standards while dealing with design thinking especially in the case where a design might for instance solve a problem for a given group but stir discomfort to another.