The Sustainable BBQ Brief

The first of 4, 3 week projects, to design a portable BBQ that uses an alternative energy source to bottled gas or charcoal. From speaking to lecturers and peers these briefs are fairly flexible, allowing me to change the overall definition of the project and see how it can be manipulated to create something more interesting.

So what already exists:

Figure 1 (Referenced Below)

As you can see, some of these design already use alternate energy sources, including electric for grill heating or electric of water bath heating. So I thought about what every one else thinks about at this point, and that’s solar. However, solar BBQ concepts, that include a portability option, already exist:

Figure 2 (Referenced Below)

These designs use the heat energy absorbed from the sun and reflect it from mirrored panels into a focused area. The large amount of energy reflected, heats up these areas to a high temperature to allow for cooking. From further research, these products all require lots of sunlight for a long duration, typically on a clear or lightly cloudy day. So what other fuel sources are there?

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Figure 3 (Referenced Below)

Biomass! Something that is formed from multiple sources as shown in figure. I could implement the use of these fuels into a new design. Of course I am aware that the best way to make the simplest BBQ is simply by starting a fire, using wood (a form of biomass), however what are the issues with using biomass fuels?

As it turns out 2.5 billion people around the world still use biomass as their main source of fuel for cooking. This accounts for 90% of household energy consumption. With these figures still set to increase to over 2.7 billion by 2030, that’s a third of the current population.

The major negative from this is that using biomass creates high levels of pollutants and nasty particulates that can cause life long or fatal incidents. The graph in figure 4 shows that the deaths from biomass fuel over weighed the deaths caused by Malaria. With figure 5 showing that India was the most hit by this with almost 500,000 people in a year.

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Figure 4 (Referenced Below)

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Figure 5 (Referenced Below)

From this I aim to research what is used in the developing countries and why these statistics are so high. I will have to consider the different cultures that a new product of system would be used in. This will help me to understand why they do what they do and to see if there is a simple way to improve the situation.

This has helped me to devise a new brief:

Due to amount of fatal incidents that occur using biomass, a portable cooking facility (or system) will be designed to remove these issues.

  • The design must contain a filtration system to remove any particulates made form burning biomass.
  • The design must be cheap to manufacture for easy distribution in developing countries.
  • The design must have an implement of portability.

More on this to follow!

References:

Figure 1:
Amazon.co.uk. (2018). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: https://www.amazon.co.uk/VonShef-Electric-Barbecue-Temperature-Thermometer/dp/B01B35M580 [Accessed 14 Feb. 2018].
& Blue Digger. (n.d.). Folding Portable BBQ Grill with Carrier. [online] Available at: https://www.bluedigger.com/products/folding-portable-bbq-grill-w-carrier [Accessed 14 Feb. 2018].
& eBay. (n.d.). Yellowstone Mini Folding Portable BBQ Barbeque Picnic Travel Camping Grill | eBay. [online] Available at: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Yellowstone-Mini-Folding-Portable-BBQ-Barbeque-Picnic-Travel-Camping-Grill-/272725106557 [Accessed 14 Feb. 2018].
& Lazada.com.my. (n.d.). Electric Barbeque Grill. [online] Available at: https://www.lazada.com.my/electric-barbeque-grill-730700.html [Accessed 14 Feb. 2018].
& Weber. (n.d.). Smokey Joe® Portable BBQ | Charcoal Range | Weber Australia. [online] Available at: https://www.weberbbq.com.au/barbecues/charcoal/portable/smokey-joe/ [Accessed 14 Feb. 2018].

Figure 2:
Amazon.co.uk. (2018).  [online] Available at: https://www.amazon.co.uk/VonShef-Electric-Barbecue-Temperature-Thermometer/dp/B01B35M580 [Accessed 14 Feb. 2018].
& GoSun. (n.d.). GoSun Grill®. [online] Available at: https://www.gosunstove.com/products/gosun-grill [Accessed 14 Feb. 2018].
& Solar Cooking. (n.d.). Wilson Solar Grill. [online] Available at: http://solarcooking.wikia.com/wiki/Wilson_Solar_Grill [Accessed 14 Feb. 2018].

Figure 3:
Zafar, S. (n.d.). Biomass Energy and Sustainability. [online] BioEnergy Consult. Available at: https://www.bioenergyconsult.com/biomass-energy-sustainability/ [Accessed 14 Feb. 2018].

Figure 4:
ENERGY FOR COOKING IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. (2006). [ebook] International Energy Agency. Available at: https://www.iea.org/publications/freepublications/publication/cooking.pdf [Accessed 14 Feb. 2018].

Figure 5:
ENERGY FOR COOKING IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. (2006). [ebook] International Energy Agency. Available at: https://www.iea.org/publications/freepublications/publication/cooking.pdf [Accessed 14 Feb. 2018].

 

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So many to choose from?

Starting our final major project for uni, with some many decisions to make. The choices are simply between option and 1 and option 2, with the differences of each being fairly minimal.

Option 1.
A full 12 week project based on a found need for new design. This includes a full product design specification, thorough design process and a well thought-out outcome.

Option 2:
A choice of 4 different, 3 week projects for a choice of 14. Again each project must include a fully thought out design process and outcome.
The 14:

  • 1 Great outdoors – furniture included space in the back of CSAD.
  • 2 Plastic-less food packaging.
  • 3 The factory of the future – manufacturing process’s more sustainable.
  • 4 Batch numbers of one – speeding up build up time of products.
  • 5 Personalized food.
  • 6 Increasing speed to market.
  • 7 Zero physical prototyping – is prototyping necessary?
  • 8 Co-Bots – in domestic environments.
  • 9 Big Data – where or what is the next big data development.
  • 10 Digital Twin.
  • 11 Seeing is believing – modular exhibition system for CSAD.
  • 12 POD, a modular meeting space.
  • 13 Sustainable BBQ-ing.
  • 14 Student Choice – 3 week version of option 1.

At first I thought option 1 would be perfect for me, follow on from one of the 2 live projects that have been completed recently and fully develop a much more coherent outcome. On the other hand option 2 would offer wide range of product development and a varied portfolio after university. Time to think.

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Figure 1

Almost a day later and good time to sleep on it. I realised it would be best for me to go forward with Option 2, selecting 4 of the choices that would offer me the best possible outcome, both for my creative interests and set me in the path for possible career opportunities.

So which choices?
Looking back at previous projects, I believed it was best to stay away from working with disabilities as I am already covering this for my other major project. Then in terms of manufacturing processes and providing sustainable and more efficient practices, my technical report covers these topics extensively.

This leaves me with:

  • 1 Great outdoors – furniture included space in the back of CSAD.
  • 2 Plastic-less food packaging.
  • 5 Personalized food.
  • 8 Co-Bots – in domestic environments.
  • 9 Big Data – where or what is the next big data development.
  • 10 Digital Twin.
  • 11 Seeing is believing – modular exhibition system for CSAD.
  • 12 POD, a modular meeting space.
  • 13 Sustainable BBQ-ing.
  • 14 Student Choice – 3 week version of option 1.

But I can only choose 4… As stated previously a project that will peak my creative interests would be something that sparks a higher level of motivation, designing something that will be more enjoyable to me. Could this project also incorporate my work as a student ambassador, making it more accessible for me to gather research on the university for the CSAD based projects?

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So after this time to think and understanding which project would best suit me. Here are my options (subject to change if appropriate ideas and research is not reached):

  • 11 Seeing is believing – modular exhibition system for CSAD.
    For its link with exhibitions that I will doing for CSAD as student ambassador, good research can be collected on what is needed and how it will work. Developing this for other markets outside CSAD will also help to broaden the market.
  • 12 POD, a modular meeting space.
    Something that interest me, in the future how will meetings be conducted and how can a new design be created to assist with this. Also the specifications that are implemented here, max 4 people capacity, maximum amount of floor space allowed could make for a very technical design.
  • 13 Sustainable BBQ-ing.
    My days as a scout leader always had me thinking of projects to do with the outdoors and how we could make them better. What about a new kind of BBQ that uses water bath technology or a durable BBQ for uses in developing countries that cant afford the basic cooking utensils?
  • 14 Student Choice – 3 week version of option 1.
    Choosing this one allow a free space to be as creative or as technical as i wish. Possibly returning to one of the very enjoyable 24 hours projects, or seeing what other ideas may spark from the work to come.

References:

Headline Image: Nutritionaloutlook.com. (2015). Which Way to Quality Assurance? | Nutritional Outlook. [online image] Available at: http://www.nutritionaloutlook.com/regulatory/which-way-quality-assurance [Accessed 8 Feb. 2018].

Figure 1: Everydayshouldbefun.com. (2018). Thinking Time – EVERY DAY SHOULD BE FUN. [online image] Available at: http://everydayshouldbefun.com/thinking-time/ [Accessed 8 Feb. 2018].

Figure 2: Mehta, K. (2017). The Democratization of Enterprise Knowledge and Learning – Training Industry. [online image] Training Industry. Available at: https://www.trainingindustry.com/articles/learning-technologies/the-democratization-of-enterprise-knowledge-and-learning/ [Accessed 8 Feb. 2018].

Zest for Leisure

The next industry run project, an interesting brief, a great opportunity, a lot of work and only 24 hours to do it.

The brief:
To design one of the following:

  • Garden Planter
  • Garden Arch
  • Piece of furniture

For one of these Markets:

  • Family Focused
  • Convenience Gardeners
  • Garden Prouds

Considerations:
We were informed that the design must consider flat packing, easy assembly and would primarily be made from pine wood, due the company’s standard materials.

How it all went:
As this was an independent design project, I decided it as best to try and combine each of the products to produce a full range of products. First off I wanted to see what the company were already producing and how I could develop the aesthetics to fit it with a new market.

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Figure 1

From this, I put together my own sketches to develop a range, based on form or combination of function through one product.

 

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As shown here there was a drive to develop something that was new. An innovative idea, that look different to the standard garden furniture would add something to the market place, and hopefully engage with buyers on new level.

Using locally sourced materials.
From this I then thought about how slate is very nice and upmarket materials and that using this, could help to aim the product at the ‘garden proud’ market, having something that looks pleasing and long-lasting.
So how would Zest 4 Leisure obtain such slate? Through Welsh Slate, a company based in Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda. Where high quality slate in quarried and can produce refined looking slate as shown below. This could be used to create nicely tiles sections in my design.

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Figure 3

 

Presenting Ideas:
From the quick presentation that was given to the design team of the company, it was agreed to go forward with a modular design, that could incorporate all 3 products, with a range aesthetic.

A late night and a final concept:
Thanks to the late opening times at the university I was able to stay late to process that days research and develop a final concept. This was the outcome that was reached:

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As you can see the design uses the ranged aesthetic, with each piece consisting of pine wood and slate. The range is: a fold away seat (middle), a raised planter bed (either side of the seat) and an archway (either end). The archways were the focal point of my design, with the image below showing how it consists of 3 panels with embedded slate. These panels are slotted together using a Mortise and Tenon joint and allows for flat packing. The top panel on the arch could also be used as the bed panel for the raised planter making it a more sustainable and more cost effective design.

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Upon reflection, time was definitely my enemy on this project. As you can see I was unable to produce a fully developed flat packing range for all the products, nor was i able to produce situational image to show how the chair would work using ropes, and how the raised planter would be stabilised using correct fixtures. However, this project has been thoroughly enjoyable and a great insight into a different company with different values and products to others I have worked with. In the long term, given the chance, I would like to develop this idea and find out whether or not it would be plausible to manufacture for the market.

References:

Figure 1: Hortweek.com. (2016). Zest 4 Leisure go double decker at Solex. [online image] Available at: https://www.hortweek.com/zest-4-leisure-go-double-decker-solex/retail/article/1401504 [Accessed 3 Feb. 2018].

Figure 2: Image Authors Own

Figure 3: Welsh Slate Products. (2017). Slate flagstones and floor tiles – Welsh Slate Products. [online image] Available at: http://www.welshslateproducts.com/slate-flagstones-and-floor-tiles/ [Accessed 3 Feb. 2018].

Figure 4: Image Authors Own

Figure 5: Image Authors Own

24 Hours of PDR

This was quite the experience! Given a brief, deliverables, a chance to win some cash and all to be done in 24 hours.

The brief:
To design a piece of wearable technology for release in Q1 of 2019. This must fit the market of one of 5 options. The group I was in decided the market of “Crime and Punishment” would have the most scope for a new design will a lot of idea already in place after the first hour of design.

The deliverables:
Were very flexible, giving us the freedom the design what we want. As it was only 24 hours, it was more to see how far we could push each other and a design within the time limit.

The prize:
£300 cash or an escape room day out for runner up!.

How it went:
So to start with our group, Callum, Todd, Mathew, Natalie and I went for crime and punishment as the brief, to develop this new wearable tech. Withing the first few hours, ideas were getting sorted and detailed market research was done to see where the gap in the market was. The main outcome was that rehabilitation was the key to bettering the life of convicts post prison sentence.

The research identified that housing each prisoner per year was approximately £32,510, which does not include court fees and labour fees, which can round this amount up to £90,000. Another figure that adds to this, is the amount of time, prisoners re-offend which again, adds a further £30,000-£90,000 a year for the housing of prisoners, standing at 59% of all UK prisoners will re-offend within the first 12 months of release.

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Figure 1

So it was obvious, Rehabilitate, Reeducate and get them back into society with a better mindset to helping the community and repaying the money that it cost to put them in in the first place. This will even stop the re-offence of a prisoner and save those high costs.

So how do we do this? More Research! This showed that prison life was distracting and lacked the necessary requirements for sensory stimuli and motivation. This was due to the many hurdles faced on the inside, with the high amounts of noise, leading to the lack of sleep, self worth and any determination to better themselves.

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Figure 2

The solution:
Develop a wearable product for prisoners that can help them regain independence to motivate them, providing them with a way to reduce background noise and increase the chance of reconnected with society. So concept sketching and further research was done to define what we could class as wearable technology and how we could implement it into prison life.

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Figure 3

Figure 3 shows a sketch and development sheet, of a variety of wrist bands, ear clips, watches and similar that use current technology to store music, educational works and personal information. The device will allow the prisoner (on good behaviour) to upload all of this, to provide a reduction of background noise through music, personal motivation through messages from the outside and rehabilitation exercises buy listening to educational resources to make them better suited for society upon release. All of this will aim to reduce the amount of the re-offences that occur and save over £30,000 a year buy not having to house and provide labour for each prisoner.  This, in turn, may also reduce any over population that prisons may face today.

Interim Presentation:
From this presentation, we were informed that the research behind the idea shows excellent grounding and that the feasibility of this project was sound. However we needed to go back to drawing board in terms of product complexity, why does the prisoner need a band or watch to listen to music, why not simplify the design and re-imagine the headphones for prison use.

Final Design:

A new style of headphones, made from industrial, durable foam, with not externals components. All of this produces a simple to use design that can incorporate downloading software that is not weaponlizable.

Inmate Headphones
Figure 5

To make sure that prisoners can’t use the software in any illegal way, all the information would pass through a regulated VPN (virtual private network). As mention previously the materials used are light weight but durable and all of the components with be contained withing the device. This will stop the product from being used in a malicious way, with the internal components being inaccessible for any purpose other than what they are intended for.

So… The Outcome:
Runner up. Our team came 2nd, with information from the PDR team that the decision between us and 1st place team team was a difficult one to make.

Upon reflection this has been an incredible opportunity, being thrown into a brand new project with a daunting 24 hour deadline, pushed myself and my team to produce a prize winning outcome. The best part of this, was seeing what can be done in 24 hours. By pushing myself and my creative ability, the short timeline and interesting design processes really helped in producing a well thought out, and surprisingly plausible, design idea.

From this, I aim to start every new project with a new vigorous approach, applying a solid 24 hours to developing new concepts and a wide variety of ideas that can then be taken forward for the remaining time of the project. For this, the research sections should be done with a team of different minded people to produce an even wider variety of concepts; things, that on my own, would not have been thought of.

References:
Figrue 1:  GIPHY. (n.d.). Free Money GIF – Find & Share on GIPHY. [Online Image] Available at: https://giphy.com/gifs/916t1VsCg2qoo [Accessed 27 Jan. 2018].

Figure 2: 14 Tips for Jumping entrepreneurship hurdles (2014). [Online Image] Avaiable at: https://www.inc.com/14-tips-for-jumping-entrepreneurships-hurdles.html [Accessed 27 Jane.218.].

Figure 3: Image Authors Own

Figure 4: Image Authors Own

Figure 5: Image Edited from: Man behind bars sitting in jail cell (u.d.). [Online Image] Available at:https://www.videoblocks.com/video/man-behind-bars-sitting-in-his-jail-cell-jcsboeb [Accessed 27 Jane.218.].

1500 Word Summary of Field Lvl.5

Business

To put it simply, this project was about creating a business and having only 8 weeks to do so. Firstly, going through this process, it was made very clear that time waits for no person! The ideation and planning alone took up a lot of time, but overall our outcome was very strong and we managed to achieve a successful profit rate, selling out all our products.

The aim – Come up with a sell-able product or service.
The cost – £100 of seed funding.
The deadline – 8 weeks.

The initial ideation took some time, with four different disciplines working together. we were finding it hard to come up with something that would consider all our strengths and fit a hole in the market. Then eureka, bespoke birdboxes! It was simple, myself the product designer and chris the architect would be able to design and create birdboxes based on famous buildings. Jodie our graphic communicator would be able to create a great marketing campaign and branding to advertise our products and Joel the illustrator was able to make fantastic visuals and assist in the branding of our company.

Blank Canvas! Is what we called ourselves. This was because, at the time, we had no real direction for our products, and what better way to sell to design students than to give them a blank canvas to work on. More accurately, blank birdboxes they could work on.

Further down the ideation stage we realised it would be best if these bird-boxes were easily assembled, so flat packing and providing simple instructions was the way forward. We had originally hoped for around 6 designs, but due to the limited time available, myself and Chris realised only 2 designs were possible, to achieve the best quality of product in the time available to us.

At this point Joel and Jodie were working on the marketing, creating a logo and an animated advert showcasing the basic idea of our group. We thought this was a good way of telling people: when the sales day was happening and what our business was about, without giving away too much too early. As a team, we designed business cards and our little black birds that we hid around campus, again to give people the basic information needed to entice them into our business.

Then disaster struck! We were informed that a certain timber would be fantastic for laser cutting our designs to produce our product, we quickly found out (after spending a chunk of our seed fund) that this timber would not work!
Have no fear though, we were able to secure another load of timber in time to manufacture products. So, using the newly sourced materials, we managed to produce a good number of high quality products, approximately 15 of each design.
Coming up to sales day we used part of the remaining seed fund to source packaging for our birdboxes and as a team we carefully wrapped all our flatpacks, with the instructions and a business card, ready for sales day!

Then the day came, and it was brilliant. Selling out all our products, with just over an hour spare at the end of the day, totalling a great profit of around £125.

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See ‘Summary’ below to see how I have further reflected on this process.

Futures

This project threw me out of my usual, technically minded comfort zone. The conversations I had have inspired the research we have done as a group and how I wanted to proceed with this project. Which is part of what field is all about.

In the first two weeks, we were tasked with mapping out our ideas onto the wall to create a detective like collage that linked all our ideas together. We spent a lot of time discussing which idea was best to move forward with and found out we were all happy with Kinetic architecture and the technology around us. So, what if the Hertzian space around us could control the buildings we walk in? Upon reflection and questioning from Steve and Martyn, we realised this idea had no ground as there was no cause for this kind of technology to exist. More on this later.

A select few of us from different groups decided to create two separate groups, as it allowed us to explore more than just one idea. This was the start of “Group C”. We wanted to take all the ideas from our mapping weeks and see if we could come up with a body of work to represent the idea of death and its meaning in society.

In a long and very thought-provoking conversation, we were throwing around question like: “What is the afterlife? Could Murder be legal if no one dies? Can people be trusted with control of death? What if too many people died and we run out of space?” Then we thought about a way of presenting these ideas. Do we use video graphics, projections? Until eventually the DUST settled, what if dust is the key?

Sometime passed and the eureka moment happened, we created the Amazon Pulse (no sponsorship from amazon or any of its products). A device than can recall the interactions of lost loved ones. One day we will have so much information on social media that a program could take all the qualities it learns about a person and re-create them. Before the death of a person, there facial emotions and daily reactions could be recorded so that the amazon pulse could even talk to you. Giving the user a much more personal experience.

This was presented using media output; photo-shopped posters, videos and models. To view the video, see previous futures blog. The whole project was summed up in the following manifesto.

When writing the manifesto, I was considering other products on amazon and I thought I would add a bit of humour. Making the manifesto an advertisement for the Pulse, informing customers about its amazing features and what it could do for you.

At the end of our presentation, we received great feedback and found that a lot of laughter was had during it. A comment that was made was, “what was the significance of the humour?” Upon reflection, I see that the humour was there to relieve the bitterness of death.

Going back to Group four, now known as “World of Bubble”. Since the idea of kinetic architecture, we thought, what if society had depleted the worlds natural resources due to a high demand for mobile phones and could we use the hertzian space around us to create an immaterial mobile phone? Below is our Manifesto:

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To put this shortly, our technology, information and world could be controlled by a bubble that surrounded us. It would work using the excess energy from bad signals around us and turn them into something useful. Being married to someone would mean sharing your bubble, creating a family would connect your bubbles and therefore connect everything about you. Your personality, your data and keep your lives connected.

Our graphic designers Clare and Sarah created some great visuals to show how the world of bubble would look for a userAlong with an artefact, made by myself and Callum that shows a city of people and couples walking around.

After our presentation, I was given time to reflect on our ideas, maybe the device works like google maps where only relevant information would be stored, based on your location and the activity you were doing. When having children, the bubble would connect them to you, until they were old enough to have their own, like a parent giving their child their first phone.

Summary:

Going back to the business module I would say it was very successful and helpful in planning my future projects. Earlier this year, this project was brought up again for the “Big Ideas Celebrated” competition where our idea was entered for the finals and nominated for two awards. This was very much appreciated due to the amount of effort put into this project. Even though this project turned out very well, I still learned the importance of time management and cost-effective research. The only downside of our project; was not being able to produce a higher quantity of products, which could have made us a bigger profit. So, for future reference I decided it would be best to focus on preparation and manufacturing longer. This would reduce the amount of ideation, but I think if more effort was put in, in a shorter amount of time, we may have been able come to a solution quicker.

I thoroughly enjoyed the out of the box thinking of the futures module. I see now that the world is not all about what is directly in front of you, but what could happen. There is an infinite possibility of futures ahead of us, and it’s up to our generation to decided what kind of designs will influence future generations. Even though I am a BSc product designer, I aimed to use what I learned to help with future designs; combining my technical knowledge of what already exists, with this critical aspect of design. I aim to change the way people see design and how socially and politically aimed designs can shape a different future.

Field this year has been eye opening and very engaging, with both projects being quire different from each other, I was able to learn how different design process achieve different kinds of results. Having to restrain yourself to: time, current technology and costing. This helps to really fine-tune a design and to come up with something that is really detailed and functional. It helps to understand todays process and shows you exactly what kind of work can be done in a limited time scale. Compared to a very forward-thinking project, that allows you to broaden your horizons and think beyond what is possible today. Imagine the possibilities of the future and what designers of the 22nd century will be able to do. Will there be fully sustainable energy sources? How would we all communicate? What would transport be like?

Being able to combine these two different approaches has influenced my design work. When designing for subject project I have been considering the processes learned in my field modules designing products that are forward thinking; with contemporary design and sustainable factors, but still able to be manufactured today. What would my products cost to maximise productivity, function and durability? How would they consider environmental factors? How could I recover any materials used to produce a sustainable market?

Overall, both projects have been very enjoyable and I can see that they have impacted my work and how I approach a new brief. I believe I could still improve my work by focusing on time management and prioritising more important tasks. Apart from that, I am happy with my outcomes and look forward to using these practises in the future.

#Big Ideas Celebrated

Today was great, 2 nominations for awards for our micro business Blank Canvas!

This competition celebrates the work done by 16-25 year old students, showcasing the best entrepreneurial talent. From Cardiff Metropolitans’ very own CSAD, there were 3 candidates that reached the final from a long list of entries, including our very own blank canvas. The day consisted of: a variety of open talks and key note lectures from local business people and entrepreneur celebrities, an exhibition of each finalists work, judging, competitions, award and prizes.

As I was the only one from Blank Canvas who could attend the event, it was up to me to show the best qualities of our business and where it was heading. Unfortunately I did not have everything on hand, like a model or business plan; but using our presentation and team t-shirt, I was able to pull off a very successful day that ended in our business getting nominated for two awards: Most innovative business idea and best presentation. This was very interesting to watch, as most of the award, the nominees were put up on the board and the audience would help by voting for their favourite, as you can see below, our business was came 3rd and 4th in these categories. I was so grateful to be a part of the final, let alone these awards:

So to summarise the field module “Mind Your Own Business” opened up a field of opportunity for myself and my group and I have learned much over the course of this project.

By the end of the day I had accumulated a lot of good contacts, for if or when I start my own business one day. Thanks to Big Ideas Celebrated for a fun and beneficial day.

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A Futuristic (yet this happened in the past) Summary:

First off I would like to say I have enjoyed this project, it has thrown me out of my usual, technically minded comfort zone. The conversations I have had have inspired the research we have done as a group and how I wanted to proceed with this project.

In the first two weeks, we were tasked with mapping out our ideas onto the wall to create a detective like collage that linked all our ideas together. At first I thought, what if we create a project around each one of our ideas, creating some sort of “hertzian space” multi-verse idea. I soon found this was not going to be plausible as some of our ideas were too separate from each other.

We spent a lot of time talking and deliberating over which idea was best to move forward with and found out we were all happy with Kinetic architecture and that technology surrounds us. So, there you have it, what if the Hertzian space around us could control the building we walk in? For instance, the bubble of signals around you would interact with nanotechnology in the walls to create an opening for you to walk through. Upon reflection and questioning from Steve and Martyn, we realised this idea had no ground as there was no cause for this kind of technology to exist. More on this later.

Creating two separate groups was a great call as it allowed us to explore more than just one idea. Sometime in the middle of this project, myself, Callum, Kayla and Todd realised we had another idea that we thought needed attention in this exciting project. This was the start of Group C. (for me this meant option C, as in all the above). We wanted to take all of the ideas from our mapping weeks and see if we could come up with a body of work to represent the idea of death and what it means in our society.

In a long and very through provoking conversation, we were throwing around question like: “What is the afterlife? Could Murder be legal if no one dies? Can people be trusted with control of death? What if too many people died and we run out of space?” Then we thought about of presenting these ideas. Do we use video graphics, projections? Until eventually the DUST settled, what if dust is the key?

Sometime passed and the eureka moment happened, we created the Amazon Pulse (there is no sponsorship from amazon or any of its products). A device than can recall the emotions of lost loved ones. One day we will have so much information on social media that a program could take all the qualities it learns about a person and re-create them, using the ashes and dust lying around them. Even more personal, when a person is cremated the ashes of that person could be used to re-create them. Before the death of a person, there facial emotions and daily reactions could be recorded so that the amazon pulse could even talk to you. Say a wife would ask a husband “honey how do you carve a turkey?”. The normal response may be “you carve a turkey like this…”. But the Pulse animation may respond with “Aren’t you a vegetarian?”. This would be the response because on a personal level, the lost loved one would know enough about the living person to answer this way.

This was presented in a way that could show the best qualities of all our work. Myself and Kayla had a photo shoot to merge the many emotion of my face into one image. (This graphic was photo-shopped by Callum). Insert.

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This was to be used as the promotional poster, to show that the Pulse could capture and emit all the emotions of a person once lost. Along with the ones below that show what the Pulse would look like in a home situation.

Todd created a device that could hold a camera in front of a person’s face and spent a day recording his daily activities. This was cropped together into a video and this represented the type of things that Pulse could record. Just imagine being able to go for a walk or bike ride with someone once lost to you.

My role was to create a manifesto that would show the audience exactly what we were aiming for in this project.manifesto

When writing the manifesto, I was looking into other products on amazon and thought I would add a bit of humour. Making the manifesto an advertisement for the Pulse, tell customers about its amazing features and what it could do for you.

At the end of our presentation, we received great feedback and found that a lot of laughter was had during it. A comment that was made was, what was the significance of the humour? Upon reflection, I thought that humour was as the other end of a deadly situation, so it shows the very bitterness of death.

Going back to Group four, now known as the World of Bubble. Since the idea of kinetic architecture, we thought, what if society had depleted the world natural resources with such a high demand for mobile phones and could we use the hertzian space around us to create and immaterial mobile phone. Below is an image of our Manifesto: Insert:

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To put this shortly, our technology, information and world could be controlled by this bubble that surrounded us. It would work using the very energy that we use and draw in any bad signals around us and turn them into something useful. Being married to someone would mean sharing your bubble, creating a family would connect your bubbles and therefore connect everything about you. Your personality, your date and your loves would always be connected.

To help present this, our Graphic designers Clare and Sarah created some great visuals to show how the world of bubble would look for a Wobbler. Along with an artefact, made by myself and Callum that shows a city of people and couples walking around with their bubbles.

After our presentation, I was given time to reflect on our ideas, maybe the device works like google maps where only relevant information would be stored, based on your location and the activity you were doing. When having children, the bubble would connect them to you, until they were old enough to have their own, like a parent giving their child their first phone.

Summary:

Overall I have thoroughly enjoyed the out of the box thinking of these projects. I see now that the world is not all about what is directly in front of you, but what could happen. There is an infinite possibility of futures ahead of us, and it’s up to our generation to decided what kind of designs with influence future generation. Even though I am a BSc product designer, I aim to use what I have learned here to help with my designs in the future. Combining my technical knowledge of what already exists; with this critical aspect of design, I aim to change the way people see design and how social and politically aimed designs can shape a different future.