We’ve discussed a lot the theory of “thinking wrong” in both GRDS 701 and 702. I have to admit that for the first few weeks, I was unsure of what exactly “thinking wrong” was. Was it about design? Was it about design process? Or something completely different? After several discussions and readings, my perspective of “thinking wrong” has become the idea of just thinking. Oftentimes we discuss, ponder, and think about what a design may look like, typefaces we could use, images that would work before we even sit down to design something. We think, think, and think more about the possibilities opposed to just exploring an opportunity with no preconceived ideas.
For example, working on Exploration A. I felt myself feeling frustrated not knowing what the next step in the process was. I kept wanting to know why we were doing the exercises, what are the goals and what are we trying to achieve. I kept asking myself these questions instead of just focusing on the task in front of me without any concern for the next step. This is what I mean by “thinking wrong.”
As I’ve read more through our units and talked with my classmates, I’ve learned that asking myself these questions encouraged my heuristic biases to surface and hindered my “thinking right” process. What I’ve enjoyed the process of Exploration A is learning if when I am faced with no obstructions am I able to approach design opportunities with a fresh perspective.