Ideas and concepts mean little if they are not translated from abstract thoughts into concrete objects or actions to test. Choosing which concepts to build and test require assessing those that are worth your team’s time and energy and will create the desired impact.
DFA RISD/Brown’s FCA team in Fall 2014 visualized their ideas through some quick sketches. This allowed them to think through their concepts, communicate them, and also work out some details visually to prepare for prototyping their design.
DFA UofI’s FCA team, also in Fall 2014, clearly outlined their ideas after clustering the initial post-it’s from their brainstorming session. By quickly assigning their ideas a name, like “Spatial Awareness Mirror”, they were able to stay on the same page as a team and hone in on commonalities throughout all their ideas.
DFA UC Berkeley's team looking at improving the college experience for students with disabilities team used a Pugh Chart to compare the different ideas they had based on criteria such as the time it would take to prototype each idea and the potential impact the idea could have based on their goals and measures. After comparing all their ideas the team had 3 top choices that they were excited to build prototypes for to bring to users for initial feedback on their ideas.