Post B: Group Reflection & Research Methods

As a part of the Interdisciplinary subject – we, as a group, needed an in depth understanding of research methods, and how to utilise them within our kitchen caddy project. Consisting of team members from different design fields, we’ve contributed by sharing our experiences and integrate them together to create an effective method of research to complete our project. Having had the opportunity to work for a real life client, we approached this together by brainstorming key points we needed to tackle this project itself. 

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We started of discussing about a group charter, which consisted of agreements relating our ground rules, standards, goals, decision making, as well as strengths and weaknesses that would compliment one another as a team. We began by researching existing caddy liner designs by researching what was already out there in the market, analysed what has been done as well as what worked best, and took that into consideration to start our brainstorming process, in which we have tackled in a quite hands on way.

Starting up this project, we needed to understand how to tackle this project, which regarded such a complex topic like Organic Waste as it is such a big part of us, and how sensitive this topic may be to some. Considering how our group consists of not only different design practices; we come from different backgrounds and habits growing up, as well as different types of homes, from apartment buildings, to family houses, etc. We used this information and gathered our personal experiences and understood each others practices, and put that into consideration as well. For example, I myself live in an shared apartment with two other students, in which two bins are shared. One bin is for our general waste, and the other is for recyclable items such as packaging, bottles, etc. Each individual had their own waste practices, and understanding where we needed to grow and improve our ways, the easier it is for us to understand the on going issue of this Organic Waste topic.

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We made sure we understood types of design methods and strayed away from merely assuming, rather, testing and observing for facts. This project relates to a few design methodologies as shown above; we want to know how to investigate our topic effectively, therefore, we needed facts. We revealed the effectiveness of our kitchen caddy liner by doing experiments within our homes to see if we were able to move forward onto our next design step. We, as a team, strongly agree that one concept must be grounded before moving on to the next one, so that we will end up with a strong product at the end. Organic Waste as a topic is quite broad in itself, therefore, different viewpoints are highly expected, although, it is very useful for us as we used it to move forward with our design practices. Prior to starting our group assignment, we’ve made a post regarding an audit, in which facts are depending on the observers view point. In our case with the caddy liner design, we’ve used these points not to just find answers on what works best, rather, finding solutions to how to improve our design and making sure we test it out to ensure it working for people around us as well. With a topic like Organic Waste we want to make sure that our attitude towards our project reflects how complex this topic actually is, and not overlook that there are definitely more than a handful of ways to tackle this on going problem. 

Reference:
Research Methods An Introduction. Skillsyouneed.com. N.p., 2017. Web. 8 May 2017. <https://www.skillsyouneed.com/learn/research-methods-intro.html>

Post A: One Day Audit

On Wednesday, March 22nd 2017, we’ve gathered in class to attend a function to attempt our first audit on canapés. My initial thought was to keep an eye on the amount of food being brought out and the amount of people attending the event itself. I can’t say I’ve been involved in the food and beverage industry, but I expect that serving more food, even if it meant that there would be an excessive amount of left-overs, would be better than not serving enough food – and my thoughts were somewhat correct. I was quite hesitant to ask the employee’s about the canapés, although, I’ve noticed that they tend to take the food back to the kitchen when it started to look unpresentable, even though it was nowhere near being finished. They served a terrarium inspired canapé of raw vegetables and hummus, which, in my opinion had an excessive amount of hummus for the amount of vegetables being served at a time. I understand that aesthetics are crucial in events, but was this really necessary? I’ve noticed that the foods the waiters served got more attention as opposed to the canapés that were displayed on every standing table across the room.

Untitled-1After attempting that first audit, I conducted one at my own home regarding our organic waste system. My current living arrangement includes two of my close friends and I, in a three bedroom apartment, in which a communal bin space is shared between all residents in the building. My roommates and I share a generally similar understanding when it comes to rubbish, we seperate recyclable items in one bin, and organic / general waste bin in the other.

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Although we generally understand the gist of recycling, I’ve noticed that a lot of us aren’t as careful when it comes to our organic / general waste bin. I’ve asked my roommates why they think we do this, and their answers were similar to mine; “when I’m in a rush, I don’t really think about it”. It was not until this subject came around for me to realise why my roommates and I are defining organic wastes and general wastes together. On Saturday, 1st of April 2017, I did an audit on our waste management and paid extra attention on the content within the general waste bin. First of all, the lines between our organic and general waste bin in our household is a complete blur – we use the organic bin to compose just about anything. We use a plastic bag liner we’ve reused from previous shopping trips, in which I think is quite contradicting as general plastic bags take at least 450-1000 years to disintegrate. Our bin contains an assortment of items that has been thrown in mindlessly, such as food scraps, containers, expired fruits and vegetables, wrappers, used tissues, and baking sheets. Within the communal bins, I realised that all tenants had reused plastic bags as their garbage liner as well, which was not a big surprise as it is a very common thing to do – and although some realise how ineffective this method is, we still choose to continue to do the same thing every time.

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A drastic difference in discipline when it comes to recycling bin. More thought has been put into the content of this bin. No lining to avoid mixing materials.
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Main problem located in the general waste bin. This picture above shows an assortment of wastes being categorised in one bin. As you can see, the recyclable plastic container is categorised as the same type of waste as the banana peel. The reasoning for this was that there were left over food within the container – it was placed in the ‘organic waste’ bin instead of cleaning out the content and separating wastes.

 

 

reference:

“Green Waste – City Of Sydney”. Cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au. N.p., 2017. Web. 4 Apr. 2017

“Green Lid Garden Organics Bin”. Randwick.nsw.gov.au. N.p., 2017. Web. 4 Apr. 2017.

“Organic Waste”. Epa.nsw.gov.au. May, 2015. Web. 4 Apr. 2017.