As a basketball player and a game person, MVP never referred to minimum viable product for me as it regularly means “most valuable player” in the game. So every time I start to use MVP as a term in our class, I have to undergo some shifts from “most” to “minimum”, from “valuable” to “viable”, which is really interesting. It strikes me as tricky because once it makes me feel like there is a guy who always do most of he could achieve to strive for the value but now, it is another person who just select the path with least resistance in order to make some of his idea just viable.
In this 7-week course, these 2 ideas “most valuable” and “minimum viable” came together as one for me because the “minimum viable” has a big possibility to be the “most valuable” on the way of prototyping and designing product. I applied this concept in designing DIAN when I noticed that to dry a shoes don’t require an extra machine but instead, the air flow from the hair dryer is an idle resource. So Tehreem and I just made a simple path to lead the air flow from the hair dryer into the shoes. The “minimum” material is transferred into the value of time, electricity and money saved from using other full sets of design.
If I had more time in this class, I will dive deeper into these prototyping tools like Invision or Adobe Indesign because I am fascinated by them the first time as I use it for DIAN now. I have been to many product companies, one side is all the male programmers and the other side is all the female web edittors and graphic designers. However, in these prototyping tools, many things are well combined to serve the designer without a line set between different fields. I guess I would make some effort to further understand and master these tools.
I am very proud of our teamwork. Tehreem and I collaborate very well, while she wrote these beautiful description sentences, threw questions to the interviewees smartly and came up with ideas like “coffee ground series” design which were full of style and the spirit of environment-friendly, I worked on the interactive document, graphics design and sticked to the idea of some easily made products but solves a real problem in the “minimum viable” way. Collaboration and personality really add to our success. And I should not forget to mention our creative( a little stingy ) prototype.
The most surprising thing for me is that along these 7 weeks, every idea we came up with. no matter how weird it was, there was always something already there in the market that did the something. The range of the variety of the product in the market is beyond my expectation. I guess that is why the idea of MVP is so essential to bring the question and goal to the essence of a product and reduce the cost as much as possible.