Design-MOOC

Assignment #7.1 Beta/Final prototype

Below you’ll find the following:
– The name of the artifact
– Photo’s of the artifact
– The gap
– The primary user needs
– The next steps

1. The name of the artifact

I decided to call my artifact the ‘PortiBox’.

2. Photo’s of the artifact

Below you’ll find two photo’s of my object. The top photo is the pencilbox on its side, so it can be placed in my desk furniture. The second photo shows the pencilbox standing up. Each tray is removable. You can see that in the first photo. In the second photo it’s completely removed.

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The prototype in action in my desk furniture, where I created it for.

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3.a The gap

In what way might I store my drawing pens on my desk, so that I can easily get the desired pen and easily take them with me to an another place

3.b The primary user needs

  • The pencilbox contains everything I need to draw (except for paper)
  • The pencilbox looks cool
  • The pencilbox is portable
  • The pencilbox makes it easy to select the pencil needed
  • The pencilbox protects my pencils and markers
  • The pencilbox can be easily placed on any desk
  • The pencilbox is useful and available for every artist

4. The next steps

In the next steps I will take to further refine and develop my pencilbox is to explore its portability and a way to add a removable lid.

 

Assignment #6.1 Alpha Prototype

1.a My gap

In what way might I store my drawing pens on my desk, so that I can easily get the desired pen and easily take them with me to an another place

1.b The primary user needs

  • The pencilbox contains everything I need to draw (except for paper)
  • The pencilbox looks cool
  • The pencilbox is portable
  • The pencilbox makes it easy to select the pencil needed
  • The pencilbox protects my pencils and markers
  • The pencilbox can be easily placed on any desk
  • The pencilbox is useful and available for every artist

2. Alpha prototype

My alpha prototype is a drawing, made in Corel Draw. Mind you, no CAD-software, I drew every line myself :-). The final design is made of wood, so it can be painted on by the owner. The segments can be removed, so the segments can be larger.

Next week I’ll try to really make it out of wood…

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Assignment 5.1 Concept testing – One concept

Final concept of my pencil box

My final concept is made of wood. The trays can be removed so bigger cells are created. The entire box can be painted on by the owner.

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Concepttesting

I made two prototypes out of card board and asked a few people to test it. They also tested the prototype out of fabric. See below which prottypes have been tested. I asked the testers which prototype they preferred. That was the cardboard one, but they made some suggestions:

  • They suggested it to be made out of wood. I thought that was a great idea.
  • They also preferred the one without the lid, wich was a bit surprising to me.
  • They absolutely loved the idea to be able to paint the box themselves, but they also liked it when it is pure wood
  • They suggested that the box could also stand on it’s back, so that the opening is on the top. Therefore I decided to make the standers out of triple parts wood, to keep the trays in its place.
  • The last suggestion was to be able to remove the trays, so that the cells could be larger.

The tested prototypes
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Assignment 4.2 Prototyping – 3 concepts

1.a My gap

In what way might I store my drawing pens on my desk, so that I can easily get the desired pen and easily take them with me to an another place

1.b The primary user needs

  • The pencilbox contains everything I need to draw (except for paper)
  • The pencilbox looks cool
  • The pencilbox is portable
  • The pencilbox makes it easy to select the pencil needed
  • The pencilbox protects my pencils and markers
  • The pencilbox can be easily placed on any desk
  • The pencilbox is useful and available for every artist

2. The concept sketches I’m prototyping

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3. Prototypes

In this prototype, the artist can draw on the pencilbox. The outside of the box is made of linnen like material on which the owner/artist can paint or draw. In this example I used some of my existing drawings. The left one is unfinished (deliberately), so you can see that it can be painted on.

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The prototype below shows how the box can be supplied with several happy colors and has a lid.

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Below the prototype completely made of fabric. It took me quite some time to make it, but I actually like it very much.

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Assignment #4.1 Concept selection – 3 concepts

1.a My gap

In what way might I store my drawing pens on my desk, so that I can easily get the desired pen and easily take them with me to an another place

1.b The primary user needs

  • The pencilbox contains everything I need to draw (except for paper)
  • The pencilbox looks cool
  • The pencilbox is portable
  • The pencilbox makes it easy to select the pencil needed
  • The pencilbox protects my pencils and markers
  • The pencilbox can be easily placed on any desk
  • The pencilbox is useful and available for every artist

2. Selection matrix

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3. Prototypes

In the matrix above I included the concepts I will be exploring with prototypes (bottom line, green cells).

Assignment #3.1 Exploration (10 concepts)

1.a My gap

In what way might I store my drawing pens on my desk, so that I can easily get the desired pen and easily take them with me to an another place

1.b The primary user needs

  • The pencilbox contains everything I need to draw (except for paper)
  • The pencilbox looks cool
  • The pencilbox is portable
  • The pencilbox makes it easy to select the pencil needed
  • The pencilbox protects my pencils and markers
  • The pencilbox can be easily placed on any desk
  • The pencilbox is useful and available for every artist

2. Decomposition of the design problem

For the decomposition of the design problem I took three of the user needs I wanted to explore. The measurements of the box are fixed, as I’m designing this pencilbox primarily for myself, for a fixed sized existing piece of furniture.

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3. 10 labeled concept sketches

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Assignment #2.3 Visual expression II – 2D sketches

Rietveld-stoelThis weeks visual expression assigment is about drawing four orthographic projections (2D views of a 3D object): a front view, a side view, a top view and a cross section. This week I thought to draw the famous Rietveld -chair. As it is a chair with lots of straight lines, this week I used my computer to create the sketch (Corel Draw).

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Assignment #2.2 User needs

My gap

My design problem evolved based on my interviews. It is now:

In what way might I store my drawing pens on my desk, so that I can easily get the desired pen and easily take them with me to an another place

User needs

Below the list op the required user needs, arranged into hierarchy with one level of abstraction.

The pencilbox contains everything I need to draw (except for paper)
– The pencilbox has a place for an eraser
– The pencilbox has a place for a ruler
– The pencilbox has a place for pencils and markers

The pencilbox looks cool
! The pencilbox can be drawn or painted on by the artist him or herself
– The pencilbox can be closed when not in use on the desk so it looks tidy
– The pencilbox can be uniquely identified as mine

The pencilbox is portable
– The pencilbox goes wherever I go
– The pencilbox is not heavy
– The pencilbox can be carried in one hand
– The pencilbox can be hung on a shoulder
– The pencilbox can be easily placed in the desired furniture and taken out
– The pencilbox can be easily used outside

The pencilbox makes it easy to select the pencil needed
– The pencilbox can stand on two sides
– The pencilbox is see-through
– The pencilbox makes it easy to pull pencils out
– The pencilbox shows which colors or sizes the pencils are

The pencilbox protects my pencils and markers
– The pencilbox is made of strong materials
– The pencilbox contains a lid
! The pencilbox contains a removable lid
– The pencilbox keeps my stuff dry when in the rain
– The pencilbox protects my stuff from dirt and mud on the ground

The pencilbox can be easily placed on any desk
– The pencilbox is no larger than a normal filing system
– The pencilbox cannot fall over to one side

The pencilbox is useful and available for every artist
– The pencilbox’s depth can be changed
– The pencilbox can carry both long, short, thick or thin pencils/markers
– The pencilbox is affordable
– The pencilbox is available in different sizes
– The pencilbox is modular

The pencilbox is made of environmental friendly materials

Experience gathering the user needs

Although it was very difficult to find sufficient people to discuss the user needs with, I succeeded to get the required amount of user needs. I didn’t expect to find user needs I didn’t think of myself beforehand, but I did. Discussing my gap and my first design with others, gave me several new ways how to address the problem. It gave me energy and new ideas. I can’t wait to implement the new ideas. But that is probably up for next week :-).

Latent user needs

I identified the latent needs with an exclamation point in the list above.