As I lament the end of the first module, I realized it was beneficial to me on so many levels.
When I first started, I was intimidated because I didn’t think of myself as a creative individual; but bit by bit I discovered a lot more than I expected about myself and others.
It was of personal benefit to me because I tend to notice problems very quickly (and noticing problems makes you have an urge to fix them), and even though many people told me that this isn’t a particularly good trait, I discovered here, that the more “problemtunities” you have, the better. I acquired many skills too. Not only did I realize that all problems can be fixed, but also that you need to do that within the milestones and deadlines.
I was drawn into the structure of the human centered design because, I realized that to help people, you don’t always need to compromise much. The helper and the “helpee” will both benefit one way or another and every one can be happy!
The most enjoyable task in HCD is empathy and getting to know people. I think it’s fascinating the amount of information you can know by looking, by observing and by actually speaking to the people you intend to help. People feel valued when they feel you’re doing everything you can to help them, and that you’re giving your time and effort to know what they actually need. The most challenging task, and that needs a lot of practice from me is making connections between the ideas that I’ve came up with.
Challenge 2, where we had to reinvent and redesign Giza Zoo, was extremely exciting for me. I remember starting with 170 ideas on my own when the challenge was first assigned.That’s how excited I was. And although many of the ideas still need to be elaborated and developed, I’m hoping someday we could implement it or anything like it, (maybe as part of the course?) to make Zoo one of Egypt’s and the world’s landmarks.
I’ve also experienced working with teams, and overall I’d say I enjoyed it and learned a lot about real life group work from it. It was another way to learn how to overcome being judgmental when discussing a large variety of solutions of the same problems. So I’ve become more accepting and contributing when it comes to working with others.
Then there’s utilizing resources, doing things with passion and confidently approaching challenges without fear of failure, and these are qualities that developed and grew with the in class assignments and discussions, the readings and the videos we watched throughout the module.
I especially loved this video and this video.
Using everything I learned in this module, I’m currently working with my cousins on a project to change the idea of bicycles in people’s minds and persuade them to make it one of the main transport vehicles in Egypt.
(Contact me if you’re interested in joining or stay tuned here to read about all the updates)
Lastly, these articles were quite interesting and relate to the theme of this module: