Finding the Elephant in the room

This week’s class was a very interesting one. We had 3 different activities that were conducted in the class. This class was an interactive and very energetic one.

The first activity was with a piece of paper which had 30 circles in it. The task was to draw what ever that comes in mind on the paper with those circles. The first thing I could think of was to draw emoji in the first circle. The most favorite emoji of mine ūüėč. And the moment I drew that I really felt so dumb of myself to think in such away. Then two circles looked like a week of a bike and joined them to create a sports bike. I drew a football and a flower and then the time was up. Because of this exercise I feel like my creativity is so limited, I need to think of weird ideas and imagine a little differently from what I’m doing now. 

The second activity was to find a problem in the number of exiating products. This task was a group task, where I met few new people of my class. They had very different approach to finding a solution. The task had a number of pictures on the screen, from which we were to select any two and find the problem in it and also provide a solution to it. My group decided to select the ice cream cone and the coffee holder. We first begin with the ice cream cone. Everyone in the group started to give out ideas on how an extension can be added in order to avoid the melted ice cream to mess your hand. I thought of changing the design of the cone instead of adding a plastic cup to avoid it. The cone would have a little outer cone to collect the melted ice cream which would in the end can be eaten away. This would not create any more waste plastic and would be user and eco friendly.

The third task was to find a problem from the images shown. The images were about the beach. The images described how people had to carry all the beach items and how difficult it was to carry them. Our group came up with a solution where we wanted to setup a Convair belt for ease of transfer of luggage from parking to the shore. The second idea was to create a portable box which had sledges, the box can be easily pulled on the sand. Now that I think of the problem, I feel like there is actually no problem in this. People go to beaches with family and friends. People can share the weight and would not actually get burdened by just one person carrying everything. This would be a great way of spending some quality time with them. 

All the tasks we do in class leave a very strong impact on me. They make me think in the way I would never dare to. The ideas I listen from my aquintances sometimes blow my mind. The professor relates the concepts with some real time examples and shares his personal experiences which really adds value to our class. 

Early reflection on the Blog 1

This week I was awe struck by the clarity of what needs to be blogged. The previous blog was so embarrassing that I’d love to delete it but I believe that it is going to remind me how dumb ideas I could actually get.

This weeks design class was very interesting because we had an in-depth understanding of what design thinking is. I liked the concept of divergent thinking which is to look at a problem from the outer side or simply it is to be above the problem instead of being inside it.

Until today I use to get tangled in the problem and look for a solution, while the divergent thinking illuminated a new way to solve a problem. It is good to not get tangled in the problem and keep a broader perspective in finding a solution.

The problem I’m facing currently is to design a poster for my Assessment 1. The problem was not being able to find enough content to create the poster, as the topic is design thinking. My understanding was limited to design thinking process, which made me kept tangled in the problem. But the poster can contain more than the design thinking process which I’ve to make a detailed research on.

I’m looking forward to the week 12 blog of mine to see what growth and development¬†do it brings in me.

Why go to the Mars? Let us move to the waters!

¬†As we look around, we can find that everything other than nature is man-made. In this age of evolving technology, you are surrounded¬†by man made inventions and innovations. From the alarm you use to wake up in the morning to the bed you sleep at night are all human designed in order to make one’s life easier.

As we all know that earth consists of 71% water and 29% of the land. The increase in population has increased the demand of land for various purposes such as living, trading, industrialisation and other purposes. The 29% of the land is not enough for our needs to be taken care of.

The scientists have started various space missions in order to look for the traces of life on other planets. They have been launching multiple satellites, deploying various drones and sending astronauts for research to find the existence of life on other planets. One of the reason is that our natural resources are on a verge of extinction.

While we continue looking for life on other planets, human should start utilising the river shore areas. Sounds impossible right? let us have an imaginative approach to what I’m trying to relay.

How about building huge frameworks to support the structure on the river shore. By doing this we try to create space in the area which cannot be used. Increase the area gradually by not affecting the marine life and not polluting the river. As the technology is evolving it is easier to work under water now. We can start creating structures in the water and start utilising it for different purposes.

This will not solve the problem of scarcity of land but might ease up a little.