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    Bodystorming


    Goal

    To help designers derive new ideas and unexpected ideas by physically experiencing a situation.

    Duration

    20-60 min depending on complexity of situation

    Group Size

    Small Groups or whole class

    What is bodystorming?

    Bodystorming is a unique method that spans empathy work, ideation, and prototyping. Bodystorming is technique of physically experiencing a situation to derive new ideas. It requires setting up an experience - complete with necessary artifacts and people - and physically “testing” it. Bodystorming can also include physically changing your space during ideation. What you're focused on here is the way you interact with your environment and the choices you make while in it.


    Why bodystorm?

    We bodystorm to generate unexpected ideas that might not be realized by talking or sketching. We bodystorm to help create empathy in the context of possible solutions for prototyping. If you're stuck in your ideation phase, you can bodystorm in the context of a half-baked concept to get you thinking about alternative ideas. Designing a coffee bar? Set up a few foam cubes and "order" a coffee! Bodystorming is also extremely useful in the context of prototyping concepts. Have a couple concepts you're testing? Bodystorm with both of them to help you evaluate them. Developing any sort of physical environment demands at least a few bodystorms...

    How to bodystorm?

    1. Get up
    2. Do it
    It's pretty simple, really. Get physical! If you are trying to ideate in the context of hospital patients, try walking through the experience to come up with new ideas. If you are designing products for the elderly, rub some Vaseline on your glasses to view the world through older eyes. Bodystorm by moving around and becoming aware of the physical spaces and experiences related to your solutions. Pay close attention to decision-making directly related to your environment and related emotional reactions. Dig into the "WHY"!

    Sample Lesson

    Materials: Chair with wheels, paper and pencil for notes

    Set Up (5 min):
    Get a chair with wheels and create a list of tasks that you what the student to go through (ie. opening a door, Getting a notebook, turing in homework, getting a drink of water). You can also have students come up with the list of things for the test student to do.

    Testing (10 min):
    Have your test student sit in the chair and go through the list of tasks one at a time. As they are going through the tasks ask them to verbalize what they are experiencing (challenges, surprises, other interesting discoveries). Ask the other students in the class to take notes one what the test student is saying.

    Debrief (10 min):
    After students have completed the run through debrief the process by asking some of the following questions:
    1. What did you learn from the process?
    2. What surprised you about going through the process?
    3. What did you learn from doing this that you couldn't have learned any other way?
    4. How can you see applying this exercise to other design challenges? Give examples...





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    CREDIT

    original text: Scott Witthoft + Carly Geehr

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