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In the article I read about radically redesigning the super market store spaces I thought it was really interesting that it talked a lot about problems that people who have not as able bodies have such as sight and mobility so manoeuvring through the store or trying to read certain product labels can be really difficult. They talked about a way to address the problem would be enhancing the social aspect of shopping which I feel like would be really good to be able to have more one on one interactions of consumer to a store employee who knows about a multitude of the different products being sold and can make a well thought out and relevant recommendation to the consumer. This is similar to an idea that I had when we began talking about the oldest and most valuable item that we had during class. My item as well as many other’s in the class were jewelry, specifically rings that didn’t quite fit perfectly but they all had this great sentimental value because they are being handed down from a close relative. Mine being a ring my grandmother gave me that was a gold band and a heart shaped out of diamonds. This was especially significant for her to give to me because she was not/is not very wealthy, so the fact that she gave me a diamond ring that my grandpa gave her before he passed meant the world to me. However, the ring is too little for my other fingers, but too big for my pinky so I thought an empathic design solution or company idea would be taking old jewelry and repurposing it to make it into something you can wear for a better use instead of just sitting on my nightstand, or in some of the girls in class on a chain around their neck. This would allow a local artisan to be involved with redesigning and repurposing the materials and diamonds or gemstones originally crafted in these rings and creating something new and beautiful that can be used for another purpose with just as much meaning, which is exactly what sustainable design should be. I think getting multiple girls opinions in the class even though it was just a little information from each student was an interesting way to do “research” if you would want to call it that. Relating that activity to our lecture I would say that would’ve been more like design research because there weren’t a lot of us, but there was a lot of insight given, but like we went over in lecture there is downside to that which is people not always saying what they feel or don’t know what they want next. The empathic design process along with the research that goes along with it I think is crucial to understand what the people really need out of products, even though the research methods can be flawed. But I think like we did with the design probes package where you asked us to record what we do and make discoveries about our day to day activities while thinking through some better solutions is really all a lot of people need to do to better understand what they truly need and what they maybe have an excess amount of. While I do think that each of these individual steps in the design process are important I feel like a lot of times things don’t happen in this perfect orderly fashion like we have set up. Many times it is just little revelations that someone random finds in their life and designs something that ends up benefiting a wide range of people without really going through the observation or brainstorming phases. For innovators and inventors I think going through those phases to come up with something new is a great approach, I just think for many that is just not how perfectly life happens.

-Lauren Burks

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