Design Thinking for Hot People
As I pondered this, something neat happened, connecting the silly list and Design Thinking.
On the thread of the post, I shared my fantasy version of the "hotlist"-being inclusive of a wider range of beauty, shape, ethnicity, gender identification, hair-type etc and involving shots of creation, work, gifting etc, not just posing. This idea was liked by many and then two community members expressed specific interest in helping this idea become an actual blog. In moments, an idea was examined and a possible solution proposed.
Here is a short explanation of Design Thinking:
Design Thinking starts with a complicated problem, in this case -The imposition of Default World beauty aesthetics on a society trying to create something different.
The first step is Empathizing with the effected group, in this case-"Types" not included on the list & even those included, everyone who thinks Burning Man is full of blonds in headdresses, Everyone who sees more blonds with headdresses yearly and sees this as a self fulfilling prophecy.
Next, in the process is Defining the Challenges , in this case-Giving power to outsiders and tourists to define our beauty for us. Choosing to represent locally or globally if we create our own list. Creating something users can upload to but no one has to babysit.
After that is Idea generation (How do we negate this silliness?), creating a Prototype (simple free blog and a small circulation)and finally, Testing. In the span of a few online conversations, we are currently idea creating and close to creating a prototype.
It was remarkable to see such work-shopping of an idea in so short a time. I was not expecting someone to volunteer to create the site. It was a great, mini example of Design Thinking as a real-world, problem solving tool.