by Tiffany Wong
In our usual groups, each member presented their draft proposal. We then had to brainstorm new possible design solutions for each member’s proposal (15 minutes each person). However, when it was time to start we were quite confused on how and where to begin. As a group we were unsure whether these possible design solutions were considered as our final proposition or if these had to be realistic and eventually be produced in real life as part of task 3B, etc. It wasn’t until one of the tutors noticed that we were struggling and came to our table to explain in further detail, that we were able to gain some guidance and clarity.
The image above is a map of the possible design solutions of one of my group member’s issue with the help from a tutor. As he was using this as an example to help us all better understand what we were supposed to do, we eventually ran out of time to brainstorm anyone else’s proposal. As a result, I was required to map out the possible design solutions at home, which I had struggled to do as I was limited and stuck for ideas. Because my proposal is still very broad at this stage, it was difficult to hone in on where to start with mapping possible design solutions.
As with many group exercises there are its strengths and weaknesses. Group work is very helpful in the sense that it allows us to gain greater insights and different perspectives relating to the issue and each others’ position on it. However, it was challenging to stick to the 15 minute time limit for each member and as a result my group ran out of time to brainstorm ideas for everyone else’s proposal, as well as mine.