This week has really taught me how to apply the five steps of design thinking. At the beginning of the week I understood the theoretical advantage of design thinking, but hadn’t yet experienced it realistically (only very quickly and generally with the notebook challenge). Although I found all steps of the process to be very rewarding, I specifically became aware of the importance of testing. In other classes I have made prototypes before, but have never really tested them on the user or discussed how they could be improved. Although we have not yet received feedback from our user for this project, we have already highlighted several things we want to change just from touching, looking at, and experiencing our prototype.
Something else that I have noticed is that using the specific guidelines of design thinking not only gives someone something to follow, but also gives them the freedom to make mistakes and to try things even if they may be silly. I personally have felt myself getting more and more open to saying things that will probably end up being weeded out in the next step of the process. But the important thing, I have noticed, is that I feel safe doing just that. This class has been a safe space for me to be able to empathise, define, ideate, prototype, and test in a productive manner. That being said, if someone were to feel safe all the time imagine what they could come up with using design thinking!