A self reflection and design about myself as a designer
This project was done in my free time and helped me to reflect on my role as a designer. I reflected myself on my personal values, my normal thinking process, my contribution in a team, and my design toolkits, and mapped them out in four info graphics.
Trying to exhibit and convey my self reflection in a relatively creative way, I came up with this application called “Dig Me”, to let others explore me in an active and interactive way.
My personal value map helps me to have a clear image about my pursuits, and measures the distance between my dream situation and current status. In order to better formulate my value map, I took a reference at mind tools , and formulate my values according to three main questions, “the times when I was happiest”, “the times when I was proud” and “the times when I was fulfilled”. From all the examples I came up, I chose the words to describe my personal values from their value table.
Afterwards, all values were placed around my personal avatar in different distance, which relates to their importance to me. Yellow card represents career value, while dusty blue represents personal value. There are some light yellow card around the circle and some arrows point to the same card which is much more clear. This refers to the distance between dream situation and current status. This serves as a measurement for myself if I want to perform better.
This graph visualizes my thinking process along my design and to indicate how much structure and chaos do I need. The arrows in the visual indicates how the thinking process progress along a project. Each yellow card states a milestone stage in my process. The “Empathy and discover” and “Ideate” phase allows chaos to some extend but both of them need to have a clear goal as guidance for moving forward.
Differentiate from normal flow chart, I allow all my earlier finding and inspirations to enter any phase if it is needed. An existing knowledge might trigger new insights while combining with later stage result. Inside this iterative process, it is allowed to hand in a final proposal depending on the project time span. However, so far as I consider, there is still improvement if time allows.
Teamwork is part of the most important spirit and skill I’ve learnt as a student from TU Delft. It will also contribute to my future career as I am planning to work in a more diverse team environment. Thus, it is interesting for me to reflect after one year of multicultural team working experience and formulate an ideal team situation. A real-time team visualisation is put on the paper for comparison with my ideal team situation. In my JMP project for Philips, multiple students handling and taking lead relate to each main role from time to time. This is partly because of there is not a clear role devision in a student design group and everyone is active and diligent in the group.
It sometimes leads to confusion and inefficiency in the group. However, it will also allow everyone to learn from each other. However, in the future work environment, considering the working reality, a clear role devision should be acknowledged in the whole team. I took a reference at one of the description in Google Venture. Every team member takes one part as highest responsibility while works closely with other related roles. Everyone can communicate and assign tasks to others, especially those who are the most close. However, there will be a main decision maker who is in charge of the whole view and makes decision by putting together everything.
What I would like to be surrounded in order to start a new fresh day of my design work? The inspiration from design skills, favorite pen and marker, to Typex or even chocolate invites me to think a lot in a relaxed way. Finally I came up with a visual infographic to address my design toolkit. It covers food and coffee, chocolate as energy dessert, my phone, iPad and the Retina macbook as mainly work stations which deal with inspiring
resource, music, and professional softwares. Apart from that, a sketch book with at least one pen and marker in a handy distance, a delicate and visual inviting notebook is necessary for me to organise my personal design work and thoughts. Magazine with attractive content and social network in working gap is good for shifting and refreshing the mind.
I came up with this application called “Dig mE”, to let others explore me in an active and interactive way. People who are exploring and using the application have to choose among the 8 values I address about myself and match them with 5 different types of team roles. After that, the system will connect the result with my personal design thinking process and evaluate my contribution percentage in this particular match. The percentage will have a turbulent shift between a good match and a unrealistic match. After this step, possible toolkits or skill sets I might use to achieve the
specific stage of design process will be listed out. In this way, it is interesting and fun for people to know me better, especially those potential team members. Furthermore, this application can be extended for usage among a potential design team, as a toolkit to better understand and communicate to one another. The video as a prototype only shows how it works with one match. However, there will be 40 (5*8) final match results.