Their Perspective, Not Ours

I loved watching the video of the baby in class. Putting myself into the perspective of that baby and using senses to imagine the texture and softness of the cake and the sweet smells coming from the icing as she put her face into it. I love trying to put myself into other people’s perspectives to imagine what it’s like to live their lives. For the people that I have helped design floorplans for their homes, I would enjoy hearing about their preferences in their homes and what their dreams were for the function of a space. I never imagined how I would feel, but more of how the family functioned and making use of their complaints or annoyances that they had living in their current home to design a space for their everyday needs to make living easier. I envision myself walking through the house and having the same emotions about it so that I can get close to what they feel and take my own personal emotions out of the equation.

The business canvas model was a new exercise for me. It was interesting to experience how easy it was to fill in the model for a made up business and to see how quickly it can be done. Our group struggled at first with deciding what we wanted our business to be, but once it was decided everything fell into place pretty easily. I’m glad that this model was brought into class for future use. If I one day decide to start my own company for interior design, it will come in handy to organize my goals and target market along with all of the other important details I would need to think about including cost and revenue. It brings more into perspective and sums up why as design students we had to take the accounting and economic classes.

One person who really encompassed and mastered this process of having everything put into perspective is Jasmine Burton. She spoke about empathic design with a task of simply going to the bathroom. She discussed how it can be an uncomfortable experience seeing everyone you know and all of their business when using the restroom in some of the more poverty stricken countries. She talked about identity and relating to people from different countries and seeing thing from their perspective helps to design something more useful and important to them. Which tied right into the use of empathic design for others. On designing with people website, as designer we can actually relate by reading about different situations of people that we could be designing homes or clothing for. Its important to always have the end user in mind throughout the entire design process, and step out of our own personal minds. From this website, I chose to design for Chris, a registered blind 63 year old who lives in London. To design a better shopping experience, I would first learn about tactile shopping and find out what smells and textures are attractive to Chris. I would then design a store that is sectioned off by different curtains that separated the aisles for different shirts. That way, if Chris were to walk into a store looking for a new favorite flannel shirt, he would walk by the curtains touching each until he found the flannel fabric to know that he was in the correct section. Next the shirts would be hung individually along racks for easy access to feel each one. Being vision impaired, I can imagine that from Chris’s perspective the feel of things would be more important than the appearance or look of things.


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