At the beginning of the course I was unsure about my creativity and nervous about my design abilities. Throughout the process, however, I have become more comfortable in a creative setting and I find it easier to be collaborative with others. I attribute this to working in a team and working through the prototyping stage.
For me, it was exciting to work on a real-world problem that would directly impact someone in my community. Being able to interact with the user made my work in the prototyping stage more focuses but also more pressured. I wanted to make sure my work would be useful for the user. In prototyping, I learned that the first idea isn’t always the best idea and sometimes to fix it you can make a minor shift instead of scrapping it all together.
This mindset is one that I will carry with me through my other classes at Smith and my interactions with people both on and off campus. There have been many instances in my life where I have given up on an idea because it didn’t work the first time and rather than making small adjustments I moved on to a completely new idea. In my mind, a major shift had to be made if the first idea didn’t work. This class has taught me that the first idea is just a prototype and it doesn’t always have to work. With feedback my direction can be altered to better fit the user and I can make whatever shifts I need to so the design can adapt to new or changing needs.
My change in thinking has been one of my most noticeable changes throughout this course. I feel more confident to fail, shift my thinking, and alter my design to account for different variables.