Tangaroa College Bespoke Shelving Project

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User + Object Considerations

Here's where things get specific. At this point, you need to figure what, exactly WHAT you are making and WHO you are making it for. 

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equipment and tools

  • Workbook/ digital portfolio
  • Pen/ paper
  • Computer/laptop
  • Camera

guiding questions

  • What really needs something to be built for it?
  • What would you like to focus on? 
  • Which teacher will you be designing for? 
  • What do you need to consider about their needs?

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Understanding your user and their needs is absolutely vital for this project to be successful. Knowing what specifications you need to include will help you design/make something that works not only in theory but in practice. The last thing you want to do is spend a crazy amount of time and energy designing something that doesn't even meet the brief! And yes, that happens all the time.


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    Select + Brainstorm

    • Select your objects (the things being stored) and key stakeholder. Make sure you explain and justify your choices in your workbook or digital portfolio.
    • Brainstorm all the things you need to consider about the object and the stakeholders to make your storage successful. 
    • Explain why you picked them and how that user connects to the given brief.
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    Users and their needs

    Brainstorm all you know about your users and their needs ... e.g. has a wooden leg, is blind in one eye so no depth perception, wants to be able to alter the shelf height themselves but isn’t very ‘handy’, loves the colour green, has a limited budget, is quite short and doesn’t want to tip toe.

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    Anthropometric data 

  4. 4

    Physical needs

    • Explore and make notes about their physical needs and what they might WANT.
    • Consider: physical disability, eyesight, flexibility, height, physical fitness, taste and style, budget, how they might treat the object, how often it may get used etc.
    • Remember you measurements should be in millimetres (mm).
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    Design data

    • Add all the key measurements and information about the size and needs of your user/ target market here as a bullet point.
    • You should have: height, strength, mobility (how much they move around), age vs danger (dangerous objects), specifics about how your objects need to be stored to keep them in good condition and safe.
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    • Have a meeting with your key stakeholder (teacher) and show them the last two slides.
    • Get feedback and add in RED.

Hollie's brainstorms

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