Day 22 – Second Tutorial

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Howdy, Today I had my second tutorial of the module, which was with Theo Humphries. I talked through my process with Theo, telling him about my weaponry idea and how I decided against it and ended up moving on to the military idea and then the exoskeleton design. Unfortunately, I could tell from the start that Theo wasn’t totally on board with my idea, or at least he didn’t feel it was a solution to the surprise me brief. Theo reiterated to me that the brief was to create surprise by doing something that a product designer wouldn’t normally do. I agree with Theo that my exoskeleton design isn’t a particularly surprising product design creation, though I did explain to him how I felt about the module. I explained how the module wasn’t really what I had in mind and that it wasn’t really the module I would have chosen, […]

Day 24 – Natural Selection & Survival of the Fittest

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Howdy, So I have been thinking a lot about what possible problems could be ethically unsound… My main avenue of thought has landed upon the controversial stance of survival of the fittest within modern society. Essentially, the problem I have identified is that natural selection and survival of the fittest has been dulled by the relative safety and ease of life offered by modern technology and current society. There is little incentive to gain or maintain fitness levels, it is too easy to cover all basic needs and wants and it is too easy to survive, where in nature, you would die. Essentially, these factors would, according to Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species and the theory of Natural Selection, mean that humanity is working against it’s biological advancement by making the world easier to cope with, instead of evolving to cope with it’s problems. I feel that this problem could […]

Day 26 – Survival of the Fittest – Predator

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Howdy, So I have compiled my ideas into a solution to my ethically unsound problem. I call it the predator – a quadrupedal robot that helps you to stay fit by chasing you down at the speed you set, for the time you set. If the predator catches you, it uses a front mounted low voltage stun gun to ‘encourage’ you to continue. The predator is reinforced by a mandatory government issue wrist band, which ‘ensures’ you remember to keep fit by setting a schedule based on you age and fitness level, then reinforces the schedule by using mild electric shocks, varying in severity depending on how badly you stray from the schedule… The predator would be based on the Boston Dynamics ‘Wild Cat’ prototype: My design would be to create a commercially reproduce-able government issue version of the Wild Cat with a newly designed outer casing and stun gun […]

Day 29 -IP / Field Clash

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Howdy, Well today has been fun, while I have been working on my presentation of my surprising project – Survival of the Fittest, it seems that I wont be presenting it yet. As part of our product design programme, we have been enlisted in the university’s Intensive Programme, an international 2 week module where we are going to be working together with students from other European universities to solve a social problem. Whilst this does seem like a very interesting opportunity, it has happened to clash with our presentation day and confusion was sure to set in. Essentially, I missed my first IP lecture as I was following an email that informed me that I did indeed need to go to the Llandaff campus to present my project, unfortunately I was then told that I should return to the IP lecture at Howard Gardens, despite the fact that I was […]

Breffo Live Project

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The first project within the practising product designer module was the Breffo live project. We worked in teams for the majority of the project, until the end where we worked solo to refine and develop a final solution. We began by learning about user testing within product design, where Bethan Gordon discussed with us the intricacies of user testing, from why it is important, recruiting the participants, methods for testing, how to record the data and finally how to analyse the data we recorded. We were then introduced to Breffo – a company that creates mobile phone accessories, mainly the spider podium which is an 8 legged phone holder for use in a variety of situations, most notable of which was on vehicle dashboards. Breffo introduced the brief, which was to design a new mobile phone accessory following the Breffo brand. The main constraint was the fact that the project […]

Sedna LED Live Project

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The second project of the Practising Product designer module was the Sedna LED live project. Once again, the project was undertaken as part of a team. Our tutor for the project – Olivia Kotsifa, had invited a member of the Sedna LED design team in to give us an insight into the work Sedna produces, including their well known efficient LED strip based products. After being given an understanding of the company we would be designing for, we were given the brief, which was to create a lighting feature for a bar or club environment of our choice. Our team began by each researching a different location of our choice, then we collated our results in the form of mood boards. My location was the up-market bar on Windsor Place – The Buffalo Bar. The location proved to be a mismatch of different styles, all culminating into creating a unique atmosphere […]

Orange Box Live Project

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The third project of the practising product designer module was a live project with a furniture company called orange box. The project began with a talk from one of Orange box’s lead designers presenting his company to us, explaining what their company was and what they stand for. We were then treated to a factory visit field trip, where we saw the manufacturing side of the company in the South Wales valleys. The field trip was an excellent insight into the manufacturing processes involved with making furniture products and I feel that it has definitely improved my design work, especially designs related to design for manufacture. Our project brief was then set out that we should isolate a specific area of seating within a modern office space, which we would create a furniture product to solve an existing problem. We began small scale research for the project in groups, where […]

Design for Manufacture

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The final project for the first term of the practising product designer module was the design for manufacture project. Paul Wilgeroth introduced us to the project, which entailed the adaptation of one of our previous products to create a design which had a highly detailed scheme for manufacture. We were set the brief of creating a product that was efficient for manufacture with sensible manufacturing methods depending on the the product type and quantity that was to be created. I decided to continue my work on my Sedna LED lighting panel designs, as I believe it had a good potential for sales and that it would be suited to be in a range of panel products. I began by outlining my ideas for the development of the idea, concluding that I would add another flat display to the panel range, allowing the range to be far more versatile. My next […]

Real, Right and Possible

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The third year has begun with the introduction of three different routes for design. The real which deals with full on design for manufacture, the right which deals with more creative solutions with an eye on eco-design and the possible which deals with highly creative designs which may be too blue sky for manufacture for the time being. I feel that the right design seems most appealing to me as I don’t think I would want to become a boring designer who created boring and uninteresting pieces of work which no one would care about. At least I think this is the case, though it does concern me that my skills within product design may in fact lie within the real, not the right. The final decision was difficult to come to, however I feel that it reflects what I want to do…

First Tutorial

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In the right group, we will be having tutorials with Bethan Gordon. I am quite happy about this as I felt that the project Beth ran last year was really enjoyable and so I am hoping that with her as my tutor for this project, I should be able to push the boundaries of my design. Our first tutorial was an interesting one, I feel that my initial idea has been diversified into a far more interesting topic of research and design. Where In was originally going to focus on cycle helmet design due to the lack of cyclists who wear helmets in the city, I have now decided to work on the broader topic of cycle safety in general. Beth advised that I broadened the scope of my project and I am no going to start work on researching  cycle safety in general. I want to find out what […]