Post B: Group Caddie Design and Charter with Interdisciplinary Systems Design Thinking

The caddie design my group came up with was better than I could’ve imagined. Our concept meeting after a couple of hours came up with what I would call a simplified bag made out of paper. Initially we’d found a design online we all agreed was straight forward and easy to fold however coming from design backgrounds it was decided we needed to come up with our own original idea rather than something found off the internet. From there the group photographed and videoed the design to ensure communicating the design was easy to understand, straight forward and simple since the target market for the caddie liner is councils of New South Whales through the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Level Three Charter

 

What are our ‘ground rules’?

  • Consistency
  • Turning up on time
  • Communicating well through Facebook, contributing on assignments, giving feedback and opinions
  • Being vocal and voicing your opinions
  • Going through assignments together before turning it in
  • Complete assignments at / at least two days before due date

What will we do if a group member’s work doesn’t meet our standards?

  • Speak up assertively
  • Going about it in a respectful way (guidance, giving advice, offer help)

What are our goals? What are we trying to accomplish?

  • To produce quality work in a cohesive environment

How are we going to make decisions?

  • Consulting every member of the group
  • Everyone gets to voice out their opinions and give feedbacks

What skills, strengths and weaknesses do we have within our group?

  • Working well together along with good communication
  • Need to be more attentive
  • Keeping on top of dates
  • Staying on par and informing each other on new information / readings, etc

We, the group named LEVEL THREE agree with this charter and will try our best to uphold it.

The above is my group’s charter.

 

The Oxford Dictionary defines ‘charter’ as:

 

A written grant by the sovereign or legislative power of a country, by which a body such as a borough, company, or university is created or its rights and privileges defined. – A written constitution or description of an organization’s functions.

Oxford Dictionary 2017, Charter, viewed 9 May 2017, <https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/charter&gt;.

 

As a group we put these guidelines together to help everybody understand what was expected of them. Specifics like ‘turning up on time’, ‘communicating well through Facebook, contributing to assignments, giving feedback and opinions’ and ‘consulting every member of the group’ were a few that I thought were important to me. This means every member of the group is accountable and therefore action can be taken if they’re not meeting these guidelines.

 

How can different design disciplines contribute to organic waste solutions?

Design disciplines attempt to resolve design problems everyday however their process is catered to their discipline. If these processes are amalgamated with other design disciplines the difference in thinking and angle of approach can be the tipping point to creating a design solution. Many of the design practices learnt can be applied to organic waste in the sense of observational research, all disciplines partake but have different methods of what they do with the research and how they react to it. The same can be said for user testing. A designer from integrated product design (IPD) would have an extensive understanding of what to do with the information taken from user testing compared to a landscape designer. Yes a landscape designer still has user testing but not as detailed as an IPD designer. Working to each group members strength in the process can make the discovery of the solution to the problem some what easier.

 

Why is it important to include designers in the management of organic waste?

Designers look at problem solving differently to the average person. They think about the process each cog in the wheel goes through as part of the overall system. The designer may look at the whole picture rather than just a section of it realising that from looking at the whole picture the section can be fixed if another section is adjusted rather than the one with the problem. The solution may not always be in front of you. A designer is capable of moving through the stages of the design process to understand and change the design to then improve on what is already there.

 

What contribution does design make to thinking about systems? to changing systems? to inventing systems?

There wouldn’t be a system in the first place if someone hadn’t considered how the system would operate. By considering how the system would operate that is design. The depth of design depends on how complex the systems is in the essence of what day do you put your garbage bin out to be picked up compared to what route the garbage truck takes to empty the bins in your suburb that is time affective as well as conscious of the fuel taken to complete the action.

Many systems are thought about by improving an already existing system because someone thinks it can be done faster, more economically or to benefit a certain group of people. System’s design is always about making it better in some way shape or form. Designers have the background and experience to make it possible.

Author: StuMcManis

3rd Year Fashion Student

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