Visual documentation of the brainstorming session
By Clyde Overton
Continuing on the development of the brainstorming from previous weeks, and more so on the who/what/when/where/why exercise from the previous blog post, I was able to further refine an understanding of the direction in which my design would end up. Below is a brainstorm map of possible problem statements, under the who/what/when/where/why system. These statements are broad, however path the way for more refined and developed statements that can be developed. This enabled another way of thinking of a problem statement due to the other minds working together, rather than just myself.
Strengths of this mapping exercise is the collaborating aspect of it. By bringing more minds and opinions to this exercise, more ideas can be generated and explored. Collaborative work also enabled the more broad and general terms to be established quickly and further developed as well. Lastly, if one person suggests a problem statement, another can add on top of that, something that I couldn’t do myself. Weak aspects of this collaborative mapping work can include the strong similarities in the answers that we gave, which results in similar outcomes, especially as we already did the who/what/when/where/why in our own time beforehand. Moreover, most of us were confused on the exercise and the topic as a whole, which resulted in further confusion. We were also getting tired of mind maps, which more or less resulted in more general outcomes.