November 3, 2008
To really understand the market | community | environment you are designing for it is important to immerse, observe and participate in their world – walk a mile in their shoes..
Working on a collaborative research and design project with a national dance school meant I had to join a dance class…Thankfully there was a wide range of classes available and I thought I would opt for the strangely titled Alexander Technique. It was described to me as a ‘movement-based way of thinking’. As it turns out it was a very relaxing class, we spend most of it on our backs!
The class helped me gain an understanding of how people use and interact with the space, who goes to the classes and why. This is the initial stages of an on-going design exercise. Approaching the project in this way will allow me to create a product that satisfies all the users needs and importantly lets the varied stakeholders be part of the design process.