In the process of Human-Centered Design, Design Kit is a big proponent of continually refining your idea and the goals that you have set out to accomplish. Each project is unique and has its own set of guidelines. David Kelley, Founder of IDEO, speaks specifically on creative confidence. The idea he was conveying was to be different: be unique. There is a way to do things but once you gain the confidence in yourself as a designer, you can feel comfortable bending and flexing the rules in a way that alters the piece for the better.

Tim Brown and Kristina Donaldson talk about how it’s never a bad thing to keep trying new things. Thomas Edison had to create 1,000 unsuccessful lightbulbs to get to 1 successful one. He didn’t have 1,000 failures, he found 1,000 ways not to make a lightbulb. He learned and grew from that process of just doing what he set out to do.

Going through the Methods portion of Design Kit’s navigation, I had stopped on a few interview inspiration links. These most pertained to my Senior Capstone project. Design Kit states “Interviews really are the crux of the Inspiration phase.” I believe that whole heartedly. When it comes to Human-Centered Design, what better way to get to know your inspiration than to ask them directly what they think? It goes into the steps to follow when carrying out an interview. Minimal surrounding space is better and less overwhelming for the interviewee. Questions should go from a broader scope down to the personal nitty-gritty. Getting exact quotes from the person instead of an interpretation is key. Finally, body language says a lot about a person and can be used to the interviewer’s gain.

I chose to read about Moneythink Mobile for the case study I’m considering. I thought it was a creative way in going about money management in youth. They found that the use of social media was very important in the younger generation which geared their direction with their App. They were right when they researched the importance of social media. In the ideation phase, the kids were disinterested in a tool that doesn’t use social media in some way. It didn’t have enough positive engagement. They ended up implementing an app called Business Selfie which allowed students to use a social media outlet to evaluate and get feedback on their wardrobe as it pertains to an interview scenario.

I can see a lot of similarities in the way Design Kit is explaining these tips and suggestions to the Senior Capstone project. I’ve already made a complete revision of what I want to accomplish. Based on the feedback I had gotten from my Stakeholders, I decided it was for the best that I strip my first idea to its core and move on to a more focused way to solve the problem.

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Marisa. “Inspiration for Innovators: A New Collection of Patient Art” The Goods | The Official of UncommonGoods http://blog.uncommongoods.com/2013/patent-art/ Accessed on April 17, 2017

IDEO, “Co-Creation Session” Design Kit, http://www.designkit.org/case-studies/3 Accessed on April 17, 2017

IDEO. “Learn From Failure” Design Kit, http://www.designkit.org/mindsets/1 Accessed on April 17, 2017

IDEO. “Make it” Design Kit, http://www.designkit.org/mindsets/2 Accessed on April 17, 2017

IDEO. “Creative Confidence” Design Kit, http://www.designkit.org/mindsets/3 Accessed on April 17, 2017

IDEO. “Interview” Design Kit, http://www.designkit.org/methods/2 Accessed on April 17, 2017

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