Reflecting on the completion of our project, I feel we successfully communicated the objectives outlined below. With a focus on simplicity and clarity, we aimed to present an easily digestible / concise design.
I have included our groups main objectives below:
Clarity | Simplicity | Affordability | Practicality
We aim to simplify the existing caddy liner, whilst still maintaining durability. The practicality of our design must reinforce and encourage continued use.
The accompanying instructions will align with the above objective. They too must be clear, concise, and easily read.
We aim to present an effective liner solution, accompanied with instruction assessable to all.
We want out liner method to be visible and viable.
Reflecting on the collaborative nature of interdisciplinary lab, working with peers across disciplines allowed for unique perspectives. Collectively working together highlighted each individuals strengths, allowing for equal (and varied) input.
As a student of Visual Communication, I found working with members of Integrated Product Design enlightening. Approaching the initial task their input surrounding the physical aspects of the caddy were invaluable. Prior to the project, I had little understanding of IPD and the practices involved. Working alongside students in this field (nearing the end of their study) revealed their practical hands on approach. Their focus on the tactile experience, functionality, and user experience have had influence over my own studies.
Students of Fashion Design proved that they (as with IPD) have strong hand skills, integral in the origami-like process of designing our newspaper liner. Their skills aligned well with the task at hand. Particularly present in our group, students of Fashion Design had strong organisational skills.
Students of Visual Communication concerned themselves with the clarity of our printed documentation. Their focus on aesthetics allowed for the successful communication of our groups’ shared vision. The input by our team of ‘Vis Com’ students was particularly important towards the completion of our project. Strengths surrounding, hierarchy of information, typography, and clarity of communication can be seen in our final instructions.
It is important to include designers when intervening in organic waste systems/management. The social nature of this problem calls for engaging communication. The issue relies on both the integration of successful/practical systems, alongside engaging, educating, and conveying the problems those involved. As designers we provide important input surrounding the user experience, aesthetics, and clarity of the product/system.
Ultimately, I enjoyed the project. It’s real world application enhanced my interest and engagement. Our group, I feel, had strong collaborative chemistry. Collectively we worked well together, this allowed for a free and energetic process. Although our solution to the caddy liner may never be applied outside of this project, I feel we successfully refined the design into a simpler solution.