This past week we worked through our first design activity in which we underwent a fast paced, hands-on activity in which we attempted to better the process of gift giving after our partner described a time in which they encountered difficulty giving a gift. While it did not seem evident to me at the time we were working on this activity, after reflecting on the work that we did last week I realized that there was an emotional component to the design process that we worked through. As the readings from last week outlined, nearly every process that a person does has an emotional story arc to it. The same could be said of this design activity.
As I went through this activity, I initially was frustrated since I felt that I wasn’t actually gaining anything from trying to solve a gift giving problem in a COMM class. As the activity went on though I began to recognize that the purpose of the activity was not necessarily to “fix” a gift giving problem, but instead to learn how to think through a nontraditional problem in a fast paced way with limited resources available to me.
Here are some photos of the final product I created, a larger, state of the art suitcase that would allow for better transport of gifts from Europe.