JDB Product Design and Research

Cardiff Met Product Design and modules

Exhibition Contribution and Construction. — May 21, 2015

Exhibition Contribution and Construction.

For the exhibition module, I chose to join the space team for the final exhibition space as I thought this would be the best use of my skills in terms of manufacturing whatever was to be used in the exhibition and also the initial stages of the work.

At the beginning of the process, I worked with Gerry and the rest of the space team working on concept for the exhibition. the original design was the triangular podium concept, however after me and Huw measured the space for sizes and then used this information we found the podium idea wouldn’t give us enough space to present work.

After working towards the final concept of the exhibition with the rest of the space team through Cad and using the previous measurements we had to distribute the space evenly between everyone we came to the ribbon concept. Each of the three groups (real,right,possible) had their own table but then we had to work on what would be the best way to hold up the ribbons.

Me and Lawrence worked on a crossbeam made of plywood which would hold the structures (ribbons). However after pricing this idea up it was to costly and needed to be more appropriate. We decided on using the tables that we already had in product design and turning them upside down to create the holder for the ribbons and this would be cost effective and sturdier than any previous concepts.

For the manufacture of the exhibition, I helped all the way through by putting the sheets of plywood onto the CNC with Gerry and Ewan after which we had to cut out from the edges and take up to the studio.

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These images are from the construction of the space when we were building the tables and placing the ribbons over the edge of the space. This was a team effort which required at least 15 people to do each ribbon. The other end ribbons were much easier to manufacture as it was easier to screw in parts of the design and made it a lot easier to access the design. This was the area of the exhibition which I found I provided the most help, by building the exhibition from the CAD given and using the CNC wood to make the tables and ribbons.

Final boards of the Subject Module — May 18, 2015

Final boards of the Subject Module

After developing the design and looking at what was effective to the users in testing and from feedback, I developed the concepts and produced a new set of Boards based on what I needed to communicate to both users and ready for my VIVA presentation.

Here are the completed boards:

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I changed the appliance of the previous presented boards, however I kept the overall design of the grey and green scheme as I found this was effective at bringing out he other parts of the boards. I also put in an in situ render to give people an understanding of the overall size of the design and for visual effect also.

Field Module Boards to present. —

Field Module Boards to present.

After developing the design, I worked on final renders for the board which I would produce into the final boards of the design and eventually the exhibition.

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These are the renders I think I am going to take into final boards to present the idea of using locally sourced materials and colourful techniques, along with musical notes to produce sounds. The exploded drawing of the product shows how the notes slot into the product and can be arranged in different formations to produce different sounds. It also shows the standardised components that are needed in the design. The CAD model is as close to the final Model that I produced for the exhibition and to present the idea clearer also.

Testing the final Prototype (Subject) — May 14, 2015

Testing the final Prototype (Subject)

After finishing the electronics for the final prototype of the design, I began testing it in different locations from my own home office to the previous office where I had done my user testing. these are some images of me using the design and the blue light being in function also.

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This prototype was effective and my whole project seemed to be effective after going back to the previous office, I found that some of the desks had began to implement plants into their space to improve their working conditions.

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This showed that my testing and showing people my research that plants are good for you in your office and clean the air in a natural way without a need to implement more electric.

Subject Module Boards to gain feedback. — May 10, 2015
Subject Module (Design) Making the prototype. — May 5, 2015

Subject Module (Design) Making the prototype.

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This was a collection of images I took while working on the final prototype of the design testing the electronics at each stage with friends and colleagues to see if they understood each value. The images show the moisture sensor with the two prongs, the photocell or light dependant resistor which measures the light intensity for the plant and the temperature sensor. Also in the images is the induction charger kit that I made to produce a safe 5v output for the device which reduces the risk of water damage on the design.

The internal pot is made from Oak which I made myself and thought this would be a good aesthetic touch to the design and would be a strong sturdy inner pot for the plant which reduced the risk of transferring water to the internal pot.

Field Module (Design Work) — April 26, 2015

Field Module (Design Work)

For my field Module after deciding on my final design based around using locally sourced and sustainable materials. I began to re render the design and looking at ways to improve the design and therefore the working prototype, this was my final concept for render and I began to ask for some feedback.

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The use of wood in the design was well received and what was crucial next was to understand whether this could be built using handmade techniques. To do this I began researching looking at what techniques it would involve to make this design so I asked local wood workers what techniques it would require.

I gained feedback saying that the shell could be wood turned and the other components would have to be cut by hand on bandsaw and then polished. This would be fine for wooden components but the other components such as the metal shaft would need to buy standardised parts for the internals. this would still give a good aesthetic and be much cheaper to manufacture if there was a need to increase sales.

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After being taught how to use a wood lathe and designing the final concept on a wood lathe to see how quickly it could be made by me and professionally, I found that the design was the most effective way to create the shell. However after making the shell due to the wood being moist, the design began to crack and ruined the overall shell. This showed me that quality materials and well treated materials were key to the final model and a design for manufacture also.

User Testing (Subject Module) — April 16, 2015

User Testing (Subject Module)

Using an initial prototype for the design and the technique of wizard of OZ testing to understand the functions of the design and to convey this to the user this design is targeted for. -Using a prototype of the components which allow the product to function within the desired location of the design (simulated) such as an Arduino performing the functions the final product.

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This was the first environment that I tested the prototype in and looked at certain factors for using the office, especially for the values needed to take care of a plant such as light, water and temperature. After testing the initial prototype and getting an understanding from my written up user testing research and notes taken from people testing the initial stages I found that I needed to develop certain factors of the final design such as the size of the product, the lights for the communication in the design, and how the product would be safe to use in the office environment. After developing this stage I cam up with some initial designs on CAD and then eventually looking at how the components would be placed inside the design also. Component testing. This test was done by using the same electronics that I had planned for the final design including an Arduino, L.E.D’s +thermistor, LDR and moisture content detector. By simulating each function, on a plant which I provided, I set up the components on the plant and wanted to test if they would take care of the plant and understand what each function demanded.

After using the initial wizard of OZ testing, the functions were much easier to understand in the design, they were able to keep track of the plant while working. With the initial design I included the use of sounds to alert the user which the found distracting while working and also disturbed others. This was found to be ineffective as the plant did not require instant attention. Nurture Planter(PrimarySubject) copy This was the initial Cad prototype to show the users I was gaining feedback on what the design would look like and to give a sense of where the plant would sit too.
Subject Module working prototype. — March 27, 2015
Dissertation Summary points from sketchbook/Notes (Personal Development Plan) — January 25, 2015

Dissertation Summary points from sketchbook/Notes (Personal Development Plan)

These are annotations from my sketchbook, notes on the pages of the reports and printouts from websites to summarise the points I found while working on my report.These points are the evaluation areas I found within my notes of the technical report.

The proposal began looking into battery technology and sustainability of materials in large industries, after consideration to which one would be more beneficial, I found that by looking into the sustainability, I could apply this research to other projects that I had been working on.

My report proposal focused upon the sustainability of materials and therefore the processes involved within the apparel industry. I found this was an interesting area to research as the current trends in wearable technology were slowly growing and learning to adapt material and the design process for this area could be beneficial. For the proposal I looked at what was the most applicable to understand, after looking at reports on sustainability, I found that previous companies have mistreated their workers in 3rd world economies and this was a point that I found interesting however this does not solve the overall issue with sustainability and so I focused on what is currently wrong with the materials used within the industry. Eventually my proposal consisted of factors on current materials and processes, to the sustainable alternatives used. It also details the methods for more sustainable manufacture, such as design for disassembly and modular design as well.

-I am currently writing the first research stage on the current materials and processes used within the industry for the final report, I have been reading reports based upon the growth of usage in materials within the apparel industry as well as the consumers interests currently.

-After finishing the first area of the research, I think that it has shown where I need to focus the detailed secondary research even though I have selected where to lead the research onto, The sustainable alternatives and methods to improve the industries sustainable challenges with products. I found that the design for disassembly method would be effective when I begin the design process.

-The second research stage began looking into the sustainable alternatives and focused upon why they are required for the industry. An interesting point was referring previous research stages upon cotton properties and why even though the material is natural unlike polyester, the processes applied to cotton have large amounts of pesticides which affect the growers and the sustainability of the product also. Although I found other interesting points based upon the external outcomes of the crops grown such as taking up land for materials instead of food for people working in the areas cotton is grown, however these points were not valid for evaluating why there are unsustainable factors within the industry. I began to look at the actual factors relevant to what stated I was going to investigate in the report, I had to take away parts from the first stage of research.

-After re-evaluating what needed to be involved in the report, I took away areas which weren’t important and adding to the overall investigation of the report. I had to look at more sources which backed up claims stated in the report in order to validate arguments.

-After finishing all the detailed research, I began to look at what products were applicable to the research which required updating on the Materials and processes. I found that looking at all areas within apparel I could single out certain items which required updating. I found that the washing machine could be a product in need of being updated however, I could not apply the methods and research gained from the research stage.

-After the Matrix evaluation, I found that footwear was in need of the most updating and I knew from previous knowledge that there are new material technologies, I read an article on fly-knit technology where large sports manufacturers have created a sock shoe alloy style product. So I began to do market research on footwear industry and manufacturing. I looked into what current materials are used within manufacture and then evaluated what materials could be used to replace it. The replaced materials would have to be more sustainable or add to the products overall life cycle.

-After applying the materials learned from the design process research I began to look at style and create an initial specification to develop  a concept. I designed the concept on the points of the brief that the footwear must be for everyday wear and after analysing a product from the same market, I found that it needed to be unisex and other applicable factors also.

-The final design was a mixture of current trends in the market and the application of new material technologies in order to improve the sustainability of the concept but the product is still commercially marketable, in order for the producers of the product to accept the design. I also found that the pricing was an important factor for the design, it had to be less than than the expensive sportswear examples but should be more expensive than the market equivalent in order to reduce the amount bought but to compensate with the new technology in the final concept.

-The final specification changed to apply the changes found within the final design solution. I also looked at other areas for the design which I hadn’t considered previously such as the packing and storage of the product. One point I found important was that I looked at brands such as Puma and how they package their footwear and applied this method to this design process to improve the sustainability on an external area for the design.