A reflective blog for the caddie project.
-How can different design disciplines contribute to organic waste solutions?
Because of the development of technology and improvement of our living standards, issues have become more and more complicated. The issue of dealing with organic waste is sophisticated and compound. It has integrated different aspects. To deal with this issue, designers have to look at it from different perspectives, making a exhaustive solution for this issue. In this project, out group members are from different design disciplines, we have product designers, visual communication designers and fashion designers. The common insight of design can make sure we can have good communications We use different design methods for the issue, and also each of us have different skills to design the system comprehensively.
-Why is it important to include designers in the management of organic waste?
Designers are problem solvers. In my opinion, design is not only about creating new products, but also seeking solutions and making services and systems to support the users to improve their daily lives. Environmental issues are more serious in this rapidly growing society, and everyone produces tons of waste in daily life. The way how we disposal our waste is significant, and it relevant to our environment. The advanced insights of designers can generate comprehensive ideas for waste management. Design methods we learnt is actually a methodology of solving problems, and it can deal with the organic waste issues effectively.
To create a construction of the whole design process make the project look concise and easy to handle, and then Figuring out the context of the target can let designers know the reason why the issue exist, such as where is the organic waste from, and where they go. Once designers have handle the problem, ideas will come behind. Prototypes and interviews help designers to refine the system design, that’s why it is so important to include designers into the management of organic waste.
-What contribution does design make to thinking about systems? to changing systems? to inventing systems?
Design generates ideas. I think new ideas are the key point of contribution from designers. A design process is integrated and complicated, but the outcome must be user-friendly: easy to understand, easy to use, efficient during use. As a design student, the existing systems have been refined for many years, they are not bad but still have some bugs to fix. We need to think deeper than users.
Designers need to think how is the system going, and record the problems while using it. I think changing systems is about finding the problems, fixing the problem, refining the system. The existing recycling system is restricted by many conditions of our modern social environment. Designers must be smarter to improve it. If there is no other way to improve, inventing a new system will be a final solution. By using design methods, re-collecting information and re-researching the issues(problems change in pace with time) can help designers to create a new and better system for users.
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