I so enjoyed our class experience in Design Thinking. To reiterate my last post, I’ve never felt this engaged in class material in such a long time. It takes a lot of energy, but I felt that it was time and effort well spent.
I could see myself running into trouble with the fluidity of the Design Thinking process. I usually like to have things lined up and organized in a linear way, so in this exercise I had to try very hard to break that habit. But I think that having a more fluid and cyclical process is much more beneficial to the product, and I enjoyed the challenge of thinking in a new way.
I enjoyed the challenge of being made to show and not tell. I spend so much of my time writing and speaking, but often it can be more effective to create a tangible model that someone can experience. Funneling my energy into the physical making of an idea was a challenge, but I made new discoveries and improved my idea in the process.
The constant feedback given in the process was the most helpful aspect. I didn’t have time to get very attached to my work, and so I was able to rework without the sting of rejection. As a twamp, I feel that fear of failure is so deeply ingrained in me that it sometimes inhibits the risks I take in many different areas of life. It can hinder the learning process, because taking risks and trying new things are discouraged by fear. The Design Thinking process forced me to act instead of dwell on possible negative feedback or outcomes, and the result was something I’m really proud of.
Lynn and I made a very good team, and we are both so excited about our products of the Design Thinking exercise. I think adopting a design thinking mentality would result in better schoolwork, and maybe a broader and more creative personal outlook.