In our Public Interfaces class taught by Jake Barton and Ian Curry of Local Projects, we were introduced to a lo-fi ideation method that helps us to get a running start on ideas.
Obtain a photo of a space that you are interested in.
Grab a sheet of vellum paper and on it, list out all the data points both visible and invisible on the photo. For example, if you had a photo of a bus stop, data points might include: bus shelter, bus poster, the building behind the bus shelter, exhaust fumes (invisible), etc.
Write or sketch out some of the opportunities that are available using these data points.
How can we improve our subway waiting experience?
Visible reception area, benches, train arrival notification via pinwheel powered by the train wind
I think this is an excellent method to include in the process of coming up with ideas because
it allows for others to collaborate
you are able to quickly superimpose ideas onto an environment