The focus on week four was to elaborate on weeks threes conceptual ideas and producing a tangible possibility of an idea. We started of a structured way of brainstorming through a lotus blossom chart. I believe I have used this technique as some stage of my assignment in semester one, but at that time the main focus was of a research purpose as for this time it has been authorized for the group to generate further ideas on our chosen idea. But over all this method was a new experience since this chart flowed in a constructed way. Personally I believe this technique followed in a sequential way that allowed the team not to miss out the miner aspect of the ideas.
The lotus blossom chart were the team started of with the strongest theme that was having an island in the middle of an intersection, which also branched out into three ideas. As ideas had started to rapidly flow at the beginning and slowly towards the end found it challenging to generate ideas, at this point the group had also felt like where resulting of minimal thoughts being portrayed which resulted this activity taking a longer period of time to complete then initially thought out. I felt as if the group where coming to a dead end of generating ideas, but towards the end I did see some possible ideas that could be developed over the couple of days of different activities into practical exercises. The second blossom chart where we started to visually communicate each idea that allowed each one of us to show our ideas visually to each of the team members, which I thought was helpful.
Quick fire prototyping was how we ended of the week, which meant we where able to generate a series of quick, rough models that would communicate ideas through the use of form. The aim of the exercise was to come out with an outcome of seeing the importance of drawing before doing a prototype.
Where this would help develop and communicate ideas further, I felt as if during this process I wasn’t as engaged as I thought I would be a day before the activity. And formally I’m the kind of person that prefers hands on practical work as a form of demonstrating design ideas. Therefore it would be useful for if I spend some extra hours independently and allow my self to get in the zone for prototyping of design ideas drawn up on the charts.
I think as a group before Monday leading into week five of the project, that we need to continue with making sketch moulds for the rest of the week still we have concluded to a idea that the group is fully confident about developing for next week and that also meets our opportunity statement well. As a group we defiantly need to make a move on the portfolio work, as there hasn’t been much of a progress through out of the week yet.