In reviewing the Stanford D. School’s “Bootcamp Bootleg” document, the two research methods that seemed to jump out most clearly to me were Empathy Map and Assume a Beginner’s Mindset. Both of these resonate with me and seemed like a way to approach design problems with humility and to be able to build trust and relationships with people that you encounter along the way.
What type of questions related to design do you think these methods would be able to help answer?
Assuming a beginner’s mindset would help greatly in terms of being able to approach a project with humility and be open to fresh and new discoveries that you may not have anticipated. I think this method would be able to help one answer really fundamental questions related to design that may have simply been “filled in” subconsciously by the designer by presuppositions or existing beliefs. The empathy map seems like a way in which a designer could diagnose and understand whether or not they were approaching the given problem in as objective and reasonable attitude as possible.
What type of information do you think they could help you to discover?
These two methods could probably help discover amazing things hidden in the “normal” of life and of design problems. I think this is often where true innovation lies – in seeing a problem you may have seen a certain way many times in an entirely new light. Really “rethinking” from the ground up.
Reflect on the practical application of these methods in your own work.
Probably the most practical application of these methods in my own work occurs at the very beginning of projects when I am still formulating the idea – when it’s in this germinating stage, it’s still very fresh, new, and my mind is quite open to thinking differently (or wrongly) about a given problem. I have less to lose if there’s a big change because deadlines are far off.
Are there parallels between the methods discussed in this unit and those you have practiced?
Yeah, probably the two I am focusing on in this post have shown up somewhat in my design practice, in the sense that I always try to look at a problem with “fresh” eyes, understanding the design issues from a new and “youthful / beginner’s” perspective.
How closely does your methodology align with the methodology presented in this unit?
Well, I’ve clearly got a LOT to learn, and I think especially in the area of practical integration – these methods are not entirely new in theory, but I don’t actively use them as methods in all my design processes. They occasionally find themselves in there, or I use aspects of them.
Did the research presented offer new insight?
Probably a reminder that some of the most innovative, creative, and successful designs come from a place of humility and of openness when one approaches a problem. This is always something I need to remember, as it’s so fundamental for true innovation.