Blog 8 : Brainstorming possibilities for a design response

In week 6, our group continued to brainstorm about  our issue, based on the past 6 weeks mapping and research exercises,  we start to think about our issue  deeply, working with group  really improved my thinking because I can acquire more ideas from different people.  Different group members has specific  aspect, so we started to think individually about  our issues and got feedback after.My issue is focused on the losing biodiversity and investigate few solutions to fix this problem.

In week 6 tutorial, we were asking to individually respond  to the 5 question of “who, what, when, where and why in relation to our issues. These 5 questions helped us to have a better understanding of our issues, it is also a guild for next tasks.

What are the boundaries of the problem?

The boundary of losing issue is relationship between ecosystem balance and human activities. based on the report of species extinction, human activates is the main reason of accelerating extinction.  although lost species is a part of ecosystem,  human activities is making it unacceptable, therefore , we need find balance between developing of human society  and nature environment.


when dose the problem occur?

As I mention above, lost species is a part of ecosystem, but activities is making it unacceptable. Based on my research, since industrial society started, human activity also started to involve in ecosystem, so the problem occurred, and more and more  serious year by year.


who does the problem affect?

Biodiversity is an important global environment problem, it related to all lives on our planet both human and non-human. As stakeholder of this issue, this problem effect us a lot. losing biodiversity brought us big damage, rabbit is a good example after European brought them to Australia. Local biodiversity effect our farming industry, farming industry impact economy of society and food supply, these 2 aspects is closely linked to our daily life, that means biodiversity  really affected everyone living on this planet. And also, biodiversity is the reason of ecosystem balance, so actually, every single species is affected by this problem.


where does it occur?

Losing biodiversity problem occur the place where human activities get involved in nature ecosystem. More human activities involved, more this issue occur, the problem will be worse.

why is this issue important?

as I mention in above, biodiversity is closely linked to our daily lives, furthermore, this problem affect our future generations, it relate to the development of human beings in the future.

Once each group members  had articulated problem statement , we begun to brainstorm design response and asking feedback each other. In terms of our brainstorm and design experience, I outline 5 possibilities for potential design response to the problem statement.

  • emotionally effect people’s thinking and understanding of this issue
  • list the facts, examples and detailed number of losing biodiversity to let people understand how serious this problem is
  • simulate a future if we lost biodiversity for the whole world, so people will understand what will happen if this problem will not be fixed.
  • create some scenarios about what if we lost some particular species, how our daily life will be effected, for example, bee.
  • create website which has educational function with data visualization and interactive response, this website will communicate the information both in emotion and physic aspect.

draft proposal

A website of helping people understand biodiversity is really important and closely linked to our daily life.

This web page will focus on user experience and divide to 4 different section. Each section has specific function.

Section 1, interactive map.

In this section, I will  map, the map will show the place of human in ecosystem, audience can cross off one or some species in this map, and there will be a scenario of if we lose the  crossed species, what will effect ourselves

Section 2   Facts

this part will list some species which is endangered, using  data visualization to tell the facts of population remaining and the percentage population decline in last 10 years. if audience click one of the species, there will be a story of how human activities make the number of this species decrease rapidly. Those horrible number and story  with visual support, audience will be emotionally moved.

Another part of section 2  will illustrate some example to tell people what damage we had because of the losing biodiversity.

Section 3  what we lost

this part will have some photos about  illegal haunting and illegal trading. the photo should  highly effect audience emotion, and deliver the message ” when the buying stops, the killing can too”

the main aim of this design is to help people understand the importance of biodiversity, and pay more attention for the problem of losing biodiversity.

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