In response to “Interaction Relabelling and Extreme Characters: Methods for Exploring Aesthetic Interactions”:
I found this particular article really interesting. In brings in mind the importance of thinking outside of the box when generating potential design solutions. I know for me, I find it so much easier to return to a solution that I am both familiar and comfortable with, but this limits any chance of innovation. The concept of interaction relabeling, generating a new physical understanding of how an audience can interact with an item opens up so many possibilities. It allows us to use things in ways in which they were never meant to be, thus discovering counter-intuitive solutions which can be developed into useful applications.
In response to “What do prototypes prototype?”:
The most important idea that I really related to in this reading, was the emphasis on integration in order for a prototype to develop into a successful product. I think that each specific type of prototype (look and feel, role, and implementation) needs to be fully explored for any given concept before the integration is able to happen. When working with a team of designers, each with specific specialties, a collaborative environment can help this process immensely. I think it is so important to share your ideas with a team. Everyone sees things differently, and has their own perspective on design solutions. Their work will inform your work, and help you create things you never would have thought of.