Project 1 Concepts

After the discussion of last week, I changed my designs, and I changed the fruit as well. In order to design a series of pillow, I chose peach to extend my designs. This is the second round of my ideas and sketches.

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The first one is a neck pillow which is mainly for people who take planes. Most of the neck pillows we see on the market have a same width, but that isn’t ergonomic. When people’s heads are lopsided, the height from head to neck and the height from head to shoulder are different. Therefore, my design is to add two little stands to support people’s necks and provide comfort.

The second one is a pillow for mom and baby. Mom’s pillow is like a very mature peach; the fabric is quite soft. The baby’s pillow is a little bit solid in order to support baby’s neck; its texture is like a peach which is becoming mature. The shape of mom’s pillow fits body shape; baby falls asleep when they smell mom’s smell, so their pillows are side by side.

The third one is for people who sleep on the table. I believe many people have this kind of experience which is when you are sleeping on your hands or arms, your hands or arms feel numb after you wake up, so this pillow has two places where people can put their hands in order to prevents numbness from sleeping.

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Reese Terris’ Creative Mornings Talk

On Friday morning, our class went to Creative Morning and had a speech. The speaker was Reese Terris. He has many experiences and works, and he has his own way to think and design. I like his works such as Bridge and Ought Apartment.

People can see different styles of interior design in different periods of time from one place, and they are so detailed that makes people feel that they are living at that time. The design is amazing.

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He also gets people together and provides more communications with his neighbors. Nowadays, people usually communicate with friends on social network or electronic devices; the advanced technology gives them less opportunities to meet with their friends or other people. However, Reese Terris gives his neighbor and his family an new access to communicate and  get closer. It is not just a bridge which people pass through; it is a bridge which starts a communication and builds a relationship with other people.

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He gives me a new way to think. Design doesn’t have limitation or rules, and things can be used in different ways; they might create a new meaning, function, feeling, or environment that you won’t expect. I need to think out of the box in order to make things different, and that is very important to a designer.

Images from : Reese Terris

Project 1 proposal

The students need to find a produce and design a series of three products which are related to a specific group of people. The produce I chose is lemon. My audiences are elderly people who need more helps in our society. The number of seniors increase greatly every year in Canada, but many products are not suitable for them, so I hope I can design some products which make their lives better. My designs are water bottle, cushion, and slippery hand.

Some seniors’ hands are not strong enough to hold a mug, so I want to design a water bottle which is soft and lighter. The water can only be poured in the bottle, but it won’t spray out from the mouthpiece. The water bottle is like a peel which stores the water; the juice and pulp also support the shape of the fruit; same as water which supports the shape of the bottle.

The second design is a cushion. Some leather sofas are slippery for some seniors. Their legs are not strong enough to support their bodies, so their bottoms slip from the back to the front, and then they might fall from the sofa. Therefore, the surface of the cushion is skid proof with small pellets, and the inside material is memory foam, which changes the shape when people move.

The slippery hand is to help seniors move their hands smoothly. People’s skin gets drier with age, so the handles become an obstacle to their movement. It’s a slippery glove, but it has a small skid proof pad in front of wrist, so seniors won’t fall down if the glove is too slippery, and the speed is too fast. Yellow symbolizes vitality; when they move more quickly, they seem to be younger.

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Reflection of “Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You”

” Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You” is written by Sam Gosling. The stuff you use, and the environments surround you express who you are. In chapter one, there are three ways to analyze a person; they are identity claims, feeling regulators, and behavioral residue. Now, I’m going to show you the evidences, which analyze myself under these three categories.

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This stuff is under identity claims. The blue shirt is a memento of Vancouver Marathon. Although I didn’t run on that day, but I was the volunteer. People who wore this shirt offered helps to the runners. Helping people makes me feel happy, and I  know I have ability to do something for this society.

The black shirt keeps me reminding I was a member of class F42B of Wenzao Ursuline University of  Languages. We had be in a same class for five years. I’ve made my best friend and good friends; we held many activities together, and we created an amazing memory in school life. Therefore, it is very important  for me to prove that I’ve been in a lovely group in my life.

The pink sun glasses shows that I’m a student of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, which is the first school I go to after I came to Canada. Kwantlen changes my life and thoughts; it gives me a new environment I had never experience before; it makes my dream came true, and it gives me many challenges to learn and conquer.

The white badge was an evidence of being another volunteer. Picking up the garbage and planting the trees provide us a better environment to live, and I hope everyone knows that we’re living in a same place, so we have responsibility to protect it.

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These photos belong to feeling regulators. They describe the important people in my life. The first picture is one of the walls in my bed room, and the second picture is the cards and photos my friends sent to me. They include my family and friends. They remind me that my families and friends are supporting me although they’re not here. My friends here have helped me a lot; we have a small class, but we’re like a family! They’re placed in front of my bed, so I can see them when I wake up.

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These two pictures belong to behavioral residue. I like to put same or similar objects together because it’s more organized and easier to find them. For example, all the folders are placed at the bottom, and different kinds of books are placed in different levels. Basically, I prefer everything has its own place, and I don’t want to spend time looking for something, especially I need it immediately. Even though I have a lot of papers on the desk, they are piled up together.

MindRDR and Google Glass

After Google Glass, London-based design made a software and combined it with an EEG biosensor headset.  The app, MindRDR, “lets you activate Google Glass’ camera shutter using nothing but your thoughts.” The Google Glass will be acted after the app identifies people’s brainwave. Therefore, if people want to take a picture, they just need to think; they don’t need to press the button! Moreover, people can use the same way to share their photos on social networks and “use the system to navigate the UI.” It wants to develop more functions and “control more features of the Google Glass interface.”

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After my classmate, Cody Botto-B, introduced Google Glass to us, I think it’s a very interesting and avant-garde product.  This new invention is a good idea. People use their thoughts to control  things, and it might trigger a revolution in technology. Imaging that people set there and do nothing, but actually their heads are sending emails, having a meeting, or doing online shopping. However, I expect more functions from this device because if  a headset can only take pictures and navigate the UI, I  probably won’t buy it; Google Glass is good enough for me, and I don’t need to wear another device on my head. There is room for improvement, but I have high expectations for this product.

Link: http://www.coolthings.com/google-glass-mindrdr/