Empathize

Empathic Design:

Within my field of interior design designers should always consider the use of empathic design, because of its overall understanding of the clients wants and needs. The clients projected emotions and physical restraints will be more openly viewed and designed to enhance ways of living by empathic design. I find this fascinating. Thinking of the little baby enjoying cake and how others also consider the feeling expressed by eating cake makes me think about my aunts homemade chicken noodle soup. She occasionally makes it in the winter but one day I know for sure that she always makes it is Christmas lunch. Thinking about it brings me comfort, and warmth. I never realized how much a soup can actually mean to me personally until lecture.

Old/valuable Item:

The item that I brought to class is the oldest and one of my most valued possessions, my grandma’s pearl bracelet. My grandma originally gave it to my mother and soon it was passed down to me once I graduated high school. This piece is very valuable to me not only because my mother gave it to me, but my grandma passed away when I was at a young age. I didn’t really get to know her in my adult life and so the bracelet was a very sentimental gesture.

Methodologies:

The first method that stood out to me was the prototype. This method is something that I find very effective. When testing how well a product might sell or if it is beneficial I believe giving a person a physical sample or model of the product gives people the ability to place themselves actually using it. Being able to physically touch an item or to feel it gives you an emotional attachment to it. The second method is an interview. The interview is one of the most common yet highly effective ways of learning about someone and can also connect the client and designer in an empathic way as well. The last method is a questionnaire, this is another effective way to get answers and in a more quick way. The questionnaire is an easy way to compare responses but I also feel when someone is doing an online survey they are not always honest.

 

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