Ideation 2

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I refined some ideas after discussing with my friends. It also gives me a general direction. I always think about some very imagistic elements. For example, it reminds me of natural sounds if I think of white noise. I associate the accumulation of emotions with the changes in the sky. Therefore, In many ideas, I have been thinking about the relationship between clouds or soft things and design. At the same time, I would like my design to have emotion. People could feel warm and relax.

Ideation

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I conducted a preliminary brainstorm map to randomly think about which ideas and which elements may be used. Some ideas seem to be just a very abstract symbolic element. I roughly clustered all ideas into five categories: emotion track, sound related, physical things and natural express, surrounding environment, and communication (with other students or parents). Then I started to make specific associations in all the ideas. I found that my thoughts this week was a bit clueless. When facing many ideas, I may want to think carefully about the feasibility of each ideas. Or maybe some of my ideas may stop here because they haven’t discussed its feasibility in depth. So I may need to dig more on my ideas again.

Primary mind map on opportunities

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Before this stage, I was thinking about the relationship between opportunity and specific concepts. I made some initial divergence on the theme of the original opportunities. I would like to get some elements that may be related to my design. I have thought about the emotional issues that my interviewees mentioned earlier. I found that everyone’s final demand for products or services is also different. So I was thinking that one of my designs should satisfy at least one type of insight.

Opportunities

1.Naturally expressing(emotional,physical)

-Look for ways they often vent and rationalize them. Hope everyone can get their own way to deal with their negative emotions.

-SHOULDN’T ignore naturally expressing.

 

2.Home based

-Help students and parents to establish an effective way to communicate.

-Use the Spaces and corners of  home. It could be combined with some existing emotion-sensing technology.

– Connect the emotional changes of family members, so that all family members can understand each other‘s emotions and communicate with each other immediately.

 

3.Personal based

-Products that focus on pouring out. Help these stressed students find others with similar situations or problems to talk about. (My interviewee inspired me.) They all want to be understood.

-Could be app,or service system attached with a small personal product.

Insights conclusion

01

There are many different kinds of stress they mentioned. However, since most of my interviewees(7/8) are students about to take China’s college entrance examination, their pressure is more from the examinations and studies. Some people are worried about what major direction they will choose in the future.

02

My interviewees will mention that they are also easily influenced by the environment and people around them. For example, the good performance of other students will cause pressure on them. Or problems with their teachers may cause them to resist learning.

03

-The majority(7/8) of 17- to 18-year-olds think they don’t have much effective communication with their parents.

-They think that their opinions and their parents‘ opinions are different in many cases, so it is unnecessary and time-consuming to communicate with each other. However, at the same time, some interviewees also said that they hope to be cared about and get effective Suggestions, but the communication mode with their parents makes them gradually choose to avoid communication.

04

Both those who are willing and unwilling to share their feelings reported a desire to be understood. This understanding is not limited to friends and family, but also includes people in similar situations.

05

Many of them mentioned that they have great problems with emotional control, and they all behave differently. Such as crying, arguing, losing temper. Many students are afraid that their negative emotions will bring pressure to others.

06

Everyone mentioned that they had, or wished for, a good outlet way for their negative emotions. The most mentioned were crying and being alone. (Many respondents mentioned crying as an outlet. Still others resort to violence.) Independent space is an important thing for them.

07

Three of the four parents interviewed felt they had good communication with their children. But what I found in the interviews is that there is a big difference between the feelings of parents and children. Parents sometimes don’t understand their children’s stress.

The parents said they would give advice on their children’s future plans and respect their children’s decisions, but the students felt pressured to give advice.

 

 

Conclusion:

Most of the students I interviewed are about to take China’s college entrance exam. They are all under great pressure to study. But I was struck by the fact that only one in eight students said she had good communication with their parents. And she says she relies on that kind of communication. Many students are afraid that their negative emotions will bring pressure to others.
Most parents feel that they are actually supportive of their children’s ideas. But because they communicate too little effectively, they may misunderstand each other.

 

Interview 1

The target users of my project:17-18high school student who has a lot of pressures on their future directions (mainly about study pressure), and don’t know how to unwind themselves.

Interview questions:

1.for children

-Can you introduce yourself? (Age, personality, interests,

-Could you tell me about your future choices? What do you think of your plan/direction?

-Have you been stressed lately (about your choice)? Why is that?

-What may have a greater impact on your mood? Do you usually show it? How do you show it?

-When is the pressure at its strongest?

-What do you usually do when you are stressed? Does it help relieve your stress?

-Do you talk to people about your stress? How do you feel?

-Do the actions of others have a negative/positive effect on you?

-Do you have any other pressures?

I also list a few questions for their parents:

– Do you often communicate with your children, and who usually brings it up first?

-What do you think is the effect of communication?

– Do you think your child has a stressful or negative mood?

-How does he usually behave? How do you solve it?

-Do you know your child’s interests and plans for the future?

– Do you generally agree or disagree with his ideas?

 

ver. 2

●Do you often communicate with your children, and who usually brings it up first?

●What do you think is the effect of communication
●Do you think your child has a stressful or negative mood recently?
●How does your child usually behave? How do you deal it?
●Do you know your child’s interests and plans for the future?
●Do you generally agree or disagree with his/her ideas?
●Would you give him/her advice on that?

 

2.for parents

●Do you often communicate with your children, and who usually brings it up first?
●What do you think is the effect of communication
●Do you think your child has a stressful or negative mood recently?
●How does your child usually behave? How do you deal it?
●Do you know your child’s interests and plans for the future?
●Do you generally agree or disagree with his/her ideas?
●Would you give him/her advice on that?

I have did 7 interviews till now. 4 of them are boys and 3 of them are girls. I have found that not everyone has the biggest pressure on their future choices. Although they have different things to worry about. They all mentioned about the their study and coming exams which will decide their future as well.

I sums up their main pressures:

-17 years old Boy. Want to have good relationships with everyone. Having pressure on making friends. Hope to behave well in all his exams.

-18 years old boy. Poor grades on study. Worried about losing his sports game.

-18 years old boy. Doesn’t like his teacher so that he always gets poor grades. Stress comes from study.

-17 years old boy. Don’t have good communication with parents. They alway give useless advice.

-18 years old girl. Main pressure is always have poor relationship with her parents and boyfriend. Having different opinions on choosing major with her parents.

-18years old girl. Just come to a new environment. Eager to make friends. Having different opinions on choosing major with her parents.

-18 years old girl. Busy with her studies and applying for universities.

I could tell from that some main pressures are:future choices (study), relationship. And some boys mentioned about the sports games. I would prefer to focus on their studies and future choices. 

And also, I will interview more parents to see if communication means a lot to them.

Feedback on period B+related users

After the period B presentation and read the feedback I received, I realized that it is also a little bit unspecific on my target users group. I started to think about why I can’t narrow the group down. I realized that the persona I just added to the period B has a lot of frustrations which lead to an uncertain group. I need to figure out a specific question where their pressure from. For example, I may consider their pressure from both family and school works. These two origins of pressure may lead to different series of interview questions and will affect my next step process. 

I prefer to research on high school students whose source of stress is related to their families and parents. So I narrowed down my target group as High school students who have many different opinions with their parents about their own plans, thus causing a lot of pressure and don’t know how to release them.(17-18 years old). I may focus more on the relationship and the communication with the teenagers and their family members.

I listed the related stakeholders and make an assumption of their needs to figure out the people and the questions I may prepare for the next step.img_1849

Period B-after presentation

After the presentation, I also felt that my target audience was a little wide. Children in middle school are different from children in high school in terms of psychological maturity and problems they may encounter. They also have a lot of different ways of looking at things. So I did some more thinking and research. I think high school is a very important stage in life. At this stage, we may decide what career we want to pursue and face great pressure for further study. Since we all go through this stage, we are more aware of the importance of emotions in this stage.

So I decided to focus on “pressure” again. The target users of the survey were teenagers aged 16-18 who were reluctant to express their stress. I added scenario to describe this group and the existing problems in more detail.%e5%b1%8f%e5%b9%95%e5%bf%ab%e7%85%a7-2020-10-05-%e4%b8%8b%e5%8d%887-19-20%e5%b1%8f%e5%b9%95%e5%bf%ab%e7%85%a7-2020-10-05-%e4%b8%8b%e5%8d%887-19-29