IDP116 Reflection 1

In IDP 116, Reading Response by Junzhou Liu

In this week, I expect to go through the whole process of designing ways to meet the need stated in the prompt with my teammates. In specific, I expect to interview potential users, build at least one prototype, test my prototype, and revise the prototype based on user feedbacks. Basically, I anticipate lots of teamwork, communication and innovative thinking in this week. The only concern I have is that it may be a little bit challenging for my team to find times to work together as we are all busy.

Design thinking might lead to philosophical and practical questions about creativity, productivity, social change, progress, and the human condition. I interpret design thinking as employing human-centered, empathy-driven approach to create novel solutions to needs. Since design thinking aims at generating new ideas, approaches, and solutions to solve problems, it requires people to be creative and innovative. After utilizing creativity in building prototypes, design thinkers will test their prototypes and improve the prototypes through feedbacks. This testing process requires design thinkers to be human-centered, specifically, thinking with empathy and focusing on users’ needs and feelings. Design thinking is a problem-solving skill that is supposed to be easy enough that anyone can understand and learn to acquire. If more people can learn to use the designed product or technology or whatever more easily, totally labor productivity of the society will be improved. Besides, design thinking is a skill that once people master it, they can redesign potentially all aspects in their daily work and life, leading to social change and progress in macro view.