This recent unit in tech we had to create a chair made completely out of cardboard, tape and white glue. I was partnered with Miha and our target audience for the chair was teenage girls who like to go on their phones. I explain below the process of this unit.
Miha and I asked 5 people from our target audience, which is teenage girl who use their phones/Iphones a lot, to answer our product test questions. Because our final chair wasn’t available to be tested, we had to change some of the questions so that it depending on the looks of the chair. Here is a table of the answers:
I agree with most of these responses. I think that me and my partner focused more on trying to secure our chair and make sure it had everything we included in our plan and overall followed our product test and design specifications. As the people we asked to give feedback commented that our chair was not very aesthetically pleasing. I actually do agree with this, because as I said before we were focused on other things, although for the chair to look modern and good was part of the criteria. I disagree with the opinion that the chair looks balanced, the chair was actually slightly lifted on the side, but it was hard to see because of the angle the photo was taken. Apart from this I agree with all of the feedback we received.
Before designing our chair we created some design specifications that we used as guidlines when creating our chair. These are our must and must not specifications:
1. General: Our chair must be made from cardboard, tape and white glue.
2. General: Our chair must not weigh more than 5kg.
Our chair was completely made out of cardboard, tape and white glue, but unfortunately we did not have the opportunity to to test how much weight it could hold. Because the chair was placed low to the floor the seat itself would be able to hold the weight, but the back would break.
3. Function: Our chair must be able to adjust to the person needs, for example being able to hold different objects.
4. Function: Our chair must not be unbalanced.
Our chair was supposed to have easily accessible places to place your things, but after completing the proto-type and starting the chair it was very hard to do. It was not able to hold different objects, and it was only unbalanced by the box at the back of the chair, that contained the shelfs/open drawers.
5. Aesthetics/Originality: Our chair must look modern.
6. Aesthetics/Originality: Our chair must not look like peers designs.
I think that our chair did look pretty modern, but it also kind of looked like a beach chair. It didn’t look like any of my peers chairs, but everyone’s chair was completely different.
7. Safety/Comfort: Our chair must be stable and balanced.
8. Safety/Comfort: Our chair must not have cardboard pieces sticking out.
The chair was stable enough to sit in, but was still slightly unbalanced making it uncomfortable in some places. There were only cardboard pieces sticking out at the back of the chair, which is where we had most trouble.
9. Quality/Strength: Our chair must sustain the original quality after multiple people have sat in it.
10. Quality/Strength: Our chair must not collapse under the weight of an average 8th grade student (specifically a teenage girl)
We did not have the opportunity for multiple people to sit in our chair, but we did ask Marina (an average 8th great student, also part of our target audience) and the chair did not collapse once she had sat in it.
In the investigation stage we completed a lot of different things. To build up to the investigation stage we did a lot of research on art deco. Here are some of the things I researched:
The first thing we did was design chairs that had art deco in them. After deciding on a target audience we interviewed people within that target audience to see what they wanted in a chair, and this was extremely helpful. After this I researched three questions that were relevant to the answers I received form the survey and would help create our chair. We then created a design brief that included design specifications, plan outline and product test. I think that I did well in investigation further into the questions we chose to research, because I included sources, drawings/diagrams and a lot of text. I could have created my design specifications better, because a lot of them were similar.
In the design stage my partner and I designed three different designs based on our survey and research/investigation. This included figuring out the dimensions and pro’s and con’s for each chair. After choosing the final chair we the went into more detail and I created a planometric drawing and Miha created a assembly drawing. I think I did well in designing chairs that fit my target audience, but I could have been more accurate with the dimensions.
The next step was creating a quater size prototype, this was for our plan stage. I think that the prototype is what I should have improved on, although I was able to see what didn’t go well, but I didn’t create the actual prototype very detailed. I think my plan was detailed and I think was clear to show the process. If I were to do this again I would add images to make it easier.
The very last stage was creating the actual chair. I think that although our chair didn’t exactly go as we planned we did meet most of the design specifications and tried to use a limited amount of cardboard, especially because we didn’t actually have much anyway. I think in this stage we spent to much time worrying about exact measurements in the parts that didn’t matter and then resulted in a wonky chair. I think I did very well in explaining what we changed and why we changed it, as part of the last chair.
Innovation does have an impact on our society because it changes things, it makes us adapt to the new situation and our new surroundings. I think that innovation will change people’s attitudes, because it is something that everyone has to get used to. Their attitude may change for the good or not. Overall I enjoyed this unit, but would have enjoyed it more if we didn’t have such limited time.