Peer Reviews

Week 12 (for Dec. 6th class)

Peer Review #1

Similarities or differences in learning achieved this week…

My colleague and I both related other scenarios and viewpoints to the Learn2050 scenario. We worked with benchmark goals to understand what kinds of methods and technology can be implemented in the future. 

Similarities or differences in applying concepts to a project…

My colleague uses benchmark goals frequently in projects in order to measure progress and whether or not goals are being met along the way. I applied the idea of looking at work through different lenses (i.e. your client, someone in the neighborhood, a user, etc.) to a current project. 

Similarities or differences in applying concepts to design practice…

My colleague will apply benchmark goals to their future work; not simply jumping to conclusions but working towards particular goals. I chose to use the technique of applying a seemingly ridiculous idea to a project goal or aim and then figure out what parts of it are actually achievable and what will be necessary to do to get there. 

Peer Review #2

Similarities or differences in learning achieved this week…

My colleague learned how to better assess the quality of a particular scenario, understand benchmark goals, and practiced backcasting. I learned how to apply various perspectives and theorist concepts to Wasserman’s scenario. I also learned about assumptions, biases, and forecasts in relation to benchmark goals and future, ultimate goals. 

Similarities or differences in applying concepts to a project…

My colleague is trying to apply quantitative and qualitative goals to their projects as a means of getting to a bigger goal. I instead apply looking at work or a project through a particular lens and how this may allow you to see issues, solutions, and potential approaches that you may not have initially considered. 

Similarities or differences in applying concepts to design practice…

My colleague considers the the fact that they should have laid out and considered more goals for a particular project, as honing into one may have limited the potential development and scope of the project. I instead decided to try thinking of a ridiculous, at first glance, idea and then find the applicable and inapplicable pieces of each. 

Week 11 (for Nov. 30th class)

Peer Review #1

Similarities or differences in learning achieved this week…

My colleague and I both gained a lot from analyzing the STEEP forces of the education system now and how these will or need to evolve over time in order to get to free education. We were also both able to grasp the complexities of the education system through completing the business model canvas.

Similarities or differences in applying concepts to a project…

My colleague and I both were able to better understand how things that are “free” are actually profitable or have an advantage in other ways. They looked into the Twitter platform and how this free model didn’t really work, while I used the business model canvas to look at a previous service design project and relate it back to the one we completed on another “free service” in class last week. 

Similarities or differences in applying concepts to design practice…

My colleague considers the ethics of having corporate-sponsored education in order to gain funds for materials such as paper and printers, and they begin to reconsider the ethics of advertising and how fields such as education may be something they are more passionate about in terms of career paths once they graduate. I instead felt like the collaborative mapping we did in class was a really great way to brainstorm and more deeply dissect a problem or system. So I will bring these skills with me in my future design practice. 

Peer Review #2

Similarities or differences in learning achieved this week…

My colleague and I both learned about James’ possible ways of funding his education, and gained insights into these possible sources through the input, processes, and output model. 

Similarities or differences in applying concepts to a project…

My colleague uses the STEEP forces mapping and pieces of the Business Model Canvas to analyze the benefits and costs of creating an app used to measure the atmosphere of cafes nearby. I instead talked about how the BMC I did in Systems last year was very much related to the activity we did in class this week. While they both used the same model, the problems or systems we were looking at (SketchUp vs. a restaurant) were very distinct. 

Similarities or differences in applying concepts to design practice…

My colleague will consider the inputs, processes, and outputs of a system when they are designing something, while I will implement the collaborative brainstorming and rapid mapping and iteration techniques we did in class to my future design projects. 

Week 10 (for Nov. 15th class)

Peer Review #1

Similarities or differences in learning achieved this week…

While I talked about holding on to personal values while still being open to change, my colleague wrote about the surprise that a lot of us felt after hearing the results of the election, and bring up the point of whether or not we have the right to blame it on something or a group of people or someone. 

Similarities or differences in applying concepts to a project…

While my colleague relates desired futures and growth and evolvement to the futures class, I talked about how we can’t see or feel oppression that we don’t go through or face ourselves, and that this election has made me and a lot of people realize that we are no longer fully protected or supported by our government, we actually have fears and concerns now for our own safety and health. 

Similarities or differences in applying concepts to design practice…

I think my colleague hopes to continue expressing themselves freely, even in the face of all this chaos, through their work and everyday life. I talk about how I no longer want to make things just to make things, I want to make sure it has a greater purpose or agenda, even if that greater purpose is just making someone really happy for a few minutes or teaching someone something new. 

Peer Review #2

Similarities or differences in learning achieved this week…

My colleague learned that despite all of the fear, anger, confusion, and grief, we each need to learn how to work with each other, understand different perspectives, and move forward in a healthy way from this election. I also learned that if we want to progress as people, we need to be open to change and conversation with those we may not initially agree with or understand. The “them” versus “us” point my colleague made really resonated with me. 

Similarities or differences in applying concepts to a project…

While my colleague wants to figure out what impact they can make in the future as a response to last week’s results, I am trying to understand how we can take this newfound sense of unity, particularly for women, and channel it into something that can help us grow as a country and as a community. 

Similarities or differences in applying concepts to design practice…

I think my colleague is working to accept their sentiments and exhaustion and understand that these situations can further prevent ones self from being productive. We have to be mindful of ourselves and our humanness and at the same time understand our obligations if we wish to see a certain kind of progress and change. I am trying to work on staying true to my own values while still understanding and respecting those of other people, as well as try to have more of a reason and purpose behind my designs. 

Week 9 (for Nov. 8th class)

Peer Review for #35

Similarities or differences in learning achieved this week…

This week my colleague and I both gained a lot from Arnold Wasserman’s 2050 scenario for the future of education in America. It’s important to think about how changing the structure of education itself might improve the learning outcomes of the students as well as the success rate these students may have in their later years. I talked a bit more about the gender inequality issue in regards to education and professional work, referencing Sheryl Wudunn’s talk on gender equality within education. 

Similarities or differences in applying concepts to a project…

My colleague talked about how they can apply the concept of normative scenarios to a project dealing with the future of lawn maintenance and tending. They discuss the research, establishment of benchmarks, and case studies as different means to understand where the sustainable future of lawn maintenance should go. I discussed the issues that Wasserman describes in his education of 2050 scenario; how having creativity embedded in all of your education is important, how we can’t just think about math and science and computers when we think about successful professional tracks and the classes one should take in high school and college to get there. 

Similarities or differences in applying concepts to design practice…

My colleague applies the concept of normative scenarios by applying long term goals, worldview, and benchmarks to help guide their work and designs towards a more desired future. I chose to focus on applying my learning outside of school and to my everyday life to help build up my design practice. This idea relates to Wasserman’s concept or vision of having more flexible learning, done through school, the community, the home, etc. 

Peer Review for #27

Similarities or differences in learning achieved this week…

Both my colleague and I gained a lot from the Learn 2050 piece by Arnold Wasserman. We both gained an understanding of how creativity and more technical or STEM based classes can and should be applied to every student’s learning at every level (i.e. pre-school, elementary, middle, high school, college, graduate, professional work). 

Similarities or differences in applying concepts to a project…

My colleague focuses on the idea of “revolutionizing” and not “reforming” the education system. We need to have new ways of looking at the problems and finding more innovative solutions to them. They apply this to a communications project dealing with the after effects of Hurricane Katrina. I focused on how education should hold both creative and technical subjects, and find innovative and useful ways of combining the two so that more critical thinking is accomplished and one can begin to see the application of these issues in a real context, like a future profession. 

Similarities or differences in applying concepts to design practice…

My colleague believes they can apply the expanding of an approach and application of multiple approaches to their design practice. I will try to apply my newfound understanding of learning done inside and outside of the classroom to my design practice. 

Week 8 (for Nov. 2nd class)

Student Peer Review #1

Similarities or differences in learning achieved this week…

Both my colleague and I gained a lot of insight into the 10 item wardrobe video and how it applies to us as individuals. We both want to actively try and reduce how much we own to the necessities, especially when it comes to clothing.

Similarities or differences in applying concepts to a project…

While my colleague is thinking about reusable materials as a possible solution to a design problem for their color class, I instead focused more on consumption as a whole and trying to take more time to plan out and understand what I’m doing before I go and print thirty sheets in color.

Similarities or differences in applying concepts to design practice…

My colleague hopes to start thinking about reusable materials when creating and working on projects, as well as thinking about products that could be used for more than one purpose and will be used in every day life. I, on the other hand, was more general about my practiaces, saying that I hope to incorporate minimalist and sustainable practices into each of my designs and projects. 

Student Peer Review #2

Similarities or differences in learning achieved this week…

I think my colleague got a lot out of the videos we watched on Friday, most of them trailers for films dealing with gross consumerism, and extreme minimalism and how each impacts people, the environment, and other things. I got a lot out of the ten-item wardrobe piece, which I felt made me consider how much I’m taking in and how much I really need in order to be happy and fulfilled. 

Similarities or differences in applying concepts to a project…

My colleague related this week’s material to the project we did on stuff in placing, specifically our stuff and how much of it we have. I think this is a really good comparison to make, especially the fact that we could live off of not very much and still be happy, but not necessarily reduce our items to 5 or 10; this approach may be completely unfathomable to most people. I applied this week’s material to a current project, talking about how it’s made me realize my excess use of paper and ink and how I will try, going forward, to take the time and think about what I am making before I use tons and tons of materials. 

Similarities or differences in applying concepts to design practice…

While my colleague seems to have just realized that it’s probably a good idea to start thinking about the planet a bit while designing and living in general, I have decided to try and apply some of the minimalist or sustainable approaches to my work, potentially in the materials I use and in other ways as well. 

Week 7 (for Oct. 26th class)

Student Peer Review #1

Similarities or differences in learning achieved this week…

My colleague and I both learned a lot from studying the six pillars, specifically the futures triangle which falls under the mapping section of Inayatulla’s pillars. I didn’t talk about the futures wheel in my reflection, however like my colleague I also learned a lot from trying to find connections or consequences between different aspects of my life (work, family, economic situation, etc.) I think this relates a lot to the following of the multi-generational family and how their situations, relationships, and other things change over time and relate to one another. 

Similarities or differences in applying concepts to a project…

While my colleague examined how visualizing a project from the futures wheel perspective (i.e. mapping out different scenarios to the secondary, tertiary, quad, etc. degree), I instead chose to apply my gained insight into the futures triangle to understand how history, present, and future play into my redesign of a website. 

Similarities or differences in applying concepts to design practice…

My colleague feels they can apply Inayatulla’s six pillars, as well as the futures wheel tool, to their design practice. While I find these useful as well, I am choosing to focus on implementing my understanding of the different levels of the CLA model to my practice. 

Student Peer Review #2

Similarities or differences in learning achieved this week…

My colleague learned about the futures wheel and about mapping and tracking Dator’s futures thinking methods, including litany, social system and structure, worldview, and myth or metaphor. I learned about Inayatulla’s six pillars and the futures triangle.

Similarities or differences in applying concepts to a project…

My colleague is applying short term thinking and long term thinking (paralleled with feasible and infeasible concepts) to a marketing, specifically strategizing a new marketing technique for fitbit. I chose to apply the futures triangle to a project I had worked on last year for my How People Work class. 

Similarities or differences in applying concepts to design practice…

While my colleague is applying this unit’s concept of futures wheels and viewing things from multiple perspectives to gain insights and broaden their understanding, I am going to try and apply my new understanding of litany, systemic, worldview, and metaphor (the CLA concepts) to my design practice. 

Week 6 (for Oct. 12th class)

Peer Review 1 (#39)

Learning:

Like my colleague, I also learned quite a bit from Dator’s futures models of thinking and from mapping our possible futures on a two by two grid. I think my colleague got more out of the four futures scenarios (i.e. collapse, growth, discipline, and transformation) whereas I got more out of thinking about applying other methods of futures thinking to specific scenarios. 

Applying:

I believe my colleague was able to apply the idea of bringing in multiple voices into a particular conversation when planning for a project. This idea was presented in the Adam Kahane video when he used the Shell futures thinking methods to bring in different groups of people into the conversation and come up with a wider and more informed range of design solutions. I instead chose to apply the four futures scenarios to a project, observing a change over time and how these scenarios were and could have been applied. 

Practicing:

While my colleague found it important to consider not only their design aesthetic and ideas into a project (in order to appeal to a wider audience), I chose to apply the two by two method of visualizing different scenarios into my everyday design practice. 

Peer Review 2 (Student #20)

Learning:

My peer learned about the four generic futures, presented by Jim Dator. They were able to apply these generic futures to the different ways in which a design or idea would be impacted, should these futures present themselves. I found these futures applicable as well and decided to talk more about my growth of knowledge in terms of creating scenarios. 

Applying:

My colleague found the material this week to be applicable not only to current projects, but all design projects in general. Thinking in terms of the four generic futures will allow for a more informed design outcome. I found a specific applicability of considering the four generic futures to a project I’m working on; namely, how one or more of these generic futures reflects what actually happened over time at Carrie Furnaces (the location and subject of my current project). 

Practicing:

My colleague, again, feels that applying the four generic futures (and the concept of thinking of multiple scenarios) to her design practice in general. I also found considering multiple scenarios for every project to be a really important practice. One of the ways to help come up with these alternatives would be to create a two by two matrix. 

Week 5 (for Oct. 5th class)

Peer Review 1

Like Max, I learned and gained lots of new tools through considering and reflecting on Sohail Inayatulla’s foresight and futures concepts (i.e. used, disowned, alternative, alignment, TOSC, and use of futures). I think we were both able to better understand how many different futurists use and apply futures thinking and how their practice is actually quite different from how normal people who are not futurists use foresight and futures thinking. 

Since Max and I are both working on the Carrie Furnaces project, I found his application of foresight to our project really interesting. He is able to apply the ideas of what we may not be considering or what alternatives we have while building our ideas for the space while I chose to think about the multi-level thinking that one could use to consider various things we should put into the experience at Carrie. 

I think both Max and I were able to gain a lot from finding more specific examples of using futures thinking through exploring Sohail Inayatulla’s models. I too struggled to specifically apply the really broad implementation of futures thinking while for this week’s activities I was much more able to apply the concepts to specific things I had created and critique them through this lens. 

Peer Review 2

My colleague also gained insight in considering the perspectives of different futurists this week. I definitely experienced new ways of considering the persona mandala and how I came to create these kinds of futures for the person through the consideration of Inayatulla’s futures perspectives. 

When thinking about the lunch box project for products studio, my colleague considers the hopes and fears exercise we did for our persona’s timeline. I definitely also plan to apply scenarios with different personas to my future work and consider how their hopes and fears help to shape the final product and experience for potential users. 

I think, like my colleague, I will also be able to apply the six concepts of Anayatulla’s futures theories to my future projects. It is incredibly important to be able to use foresight and theories of change to help shape a more clear and desirable vision for the future. 

Week 3 (for Sept. 21st class)

Review for Person #9

I think my colleague and I both gained a better understanding about how to create useful and applicable Masdar scenarios after viewing Peter Schwartz’ talks on futures. While my colleague learned also learned something from blockchain, her new understandings were more related to understanding potential positive or negative outcomes of something while my new understanding focused more on applying mental maps to blockchain systems. 

My colleague is applying the idea of trying a completely different mental map to a project she is working on. I think this is a very interesting approach to bringing in futures thinking to her work. For my project example, I am actually thinking more about how to be less invasive and obtrusive with my design, as I am currently working with a space that has a very important and specific structure and character that should not be altered too drastically, as it would completely change the feeling and meaning of the space. 

With regards to applying what we’ve learned to our own design practice, my colleague wants to work on being more sympathetic to the project’s ultimate purpose and goal rather than bringing in her own personal style or perspective because it feels comfortable or right. I think I chose to focus more on how to look at the bigger picture when I am designing, because my design could have far greater implications than solely within the constraints that I or someone else had initially set. 

Review for Person #42

One thing that my colleague took from this week’s material that I not necessarily overlooked but rather didn’t spend as much time on was Schwartz’ argument that globalization and how knowledge is distributed is at a far greater scale than ever before and it’s changing the way we think or should think about the future. I this regard I think what we have grasped is slightly different, yet I also gained new insights from Schwartz’ talks as well. 

I found my colleagues example for how to apply what we’ve learned this week to be really interesting. As designers we always need to account for how to gain trust in our users and I think this service design example is a really good one for that. Like my colleague, I also focused on an aspect of blockchain technology, specifically that we have to consider how much we are changing a system or space by implementing new technology and other things. 

While my colleague has found the ideas of contextualizing any project to today’s global and knowledge-centered structure, I think my biggest takeaway of this week was that I will consider how to view a problem or a design from more perspectives other than just the one that immediately comes to mind. It is worth it to look at problems from all aspects, whether they may be social, political, economic, etc. 

Review for Person #19

I think my colleague and I both had issues with how to wrap our heads around the concept of blockchain, specifically how it could be possible to implement this new technology into an already so complex and structured system. However, I think my biggest takeaway from this week’s material is still how to anticipate futures and how to think about altering one’s own mental map when designing anything. 

Something that my colleague believes will be a useful method to implement in a current project is the idea of creating the four quadrant grid that helps one to visualize the different possible outcomes of a problem and how this can help design a better solution. I on the other hand chose to implement the idea of finding unobtrusive, understandable, and relatable solutions to a problem in order to gain the trust of users and maintain the integrity of the space I am designing for.

I think my colleague and I both have overall goals of exposing new ideas, either big picture or not, through the means of applying some of the concepts we learned about this week. My colleague specifically focuses on the four scenario method to expose new ideas while I take a broader approach, though using the four scenario method is something I am definitely prepared to do should I feel the need for it. So in this regard, I think the impacts we are seeing  in our future design practice are quite similar. 

Week 2 (for Sept. 14 class)

Review for Person #8

I think my colleague and I grasped some of the same ideas that were presented in the videos and lectures, however I think the impact they had on us was different. My colleague talked about Cascio’s argument of needing to focus more on the human experience and human actions than on the technology. Although I agree that the human experience is crucial when one is designing futures, I think I got more of an idea that we need both technology and human centered design, obviously people come first but I don’t think you can have good design without good technology. 

As my colleague did not apply it to a particular project they were working on, I can’t really compare. Later in their reflection they mention that it’s sometimes better to think more simply when coming up with possible design solutions; you don’t have to be outlandish or radical in your thinking because odds are you might not get much confidence from your audience; I agree with my colleague in this sense that it sometimes might be better to think of approachable and realistic solutions. 

My colleague and I share the feeling that sometimes simpler is better; when you are iterating on a design it’s sometimes best to consider the more obvious solutions before trying to get too crazy in your ideas. Lots of great thinking and different kinds of ideas can come from the simpler and more practical ones. 

Review for Person #37

My colleague and I both gained lots of new perspective from the Cascio lecture/film. We agree that design solutions cannot be perfect and account for everything, there will be outside forces that will affect how a design is used, who uses it, and so many other things. 

While my colleague talks about how in one of his projects he will not be able to foresee the potential uses, impacts, and consequences that it may have (but he will now start to consider them after gaining new insights from futures, I applied my newly acquired knowledge of rational and believable designs to projects where I might be questioning my level of creativity. 

While my colleague talks about focusing on human behavior while designing future scenarios, I think I chose to focus more on the fact that I cannot apply every principle Cascio has put forth when I design something, though I will constantly try and reference the principles that do matter to me as a designer and as a person. That isn’t to say I do not value my colleague’s perspective on incorporating this new knowledge into our design practice; I find their insights very valid and applicable as well. 

Review for Person #47

I did not see a Week Two reflection on this blog page; just the week one reflection and the Critique of Jamais Cascio we did in class. 

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