Written Reflection #3

During the 7-in-7 process, what was the primary focus of your prototyping? What techniques did you use, what questions did you ask? Did you want to experiment, or were you more geared towards figuring out a design question. After considering all of this, how can these techniques, goals and approaches be applied to the other research you’ve been conducting on your thesis topic?

The primary focus of my 7 prototypes was mostly on the sensorial experience. In my beak prototypes, I was using some crafting techniques and tried to build physical models. I asked questions about specific making techniques, my own role in this, and what's the impact of the wearing experience on the wearer and interacter. For those I was mostly experimenting without specific questions in mind beforehand, but rather let the questions emerge as making and further inspire the next prototype. For the installations(sunset and moon), although in digital forms, I was still paying more attention to the setup and interaction rather than the particular form it would be in. I'm glad that I spent more time on experience and impact, both on my own and for my audience, which has made me feel more like an artist than before. I think this process could inform my future process in a way to care more about how and in what language do I speak to my audience, and how can I better put myself in the role of a spectator and participant.

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