Abhiruchi Chhikara – achh2452
1) How did working through different materials help you to explore and express potential solutions to a design problem?
Initially my sketch had no legs. As soon as I made my first cardboard prototype, I saw the need for a support. The nature of the cardboard make the support ‘springy’ which seemed like an interesting feature similar to a rocking chair.
2) What kinds of information and inspiration did the different materials give you? Did you have a favourite material?
The different materials gave different perspectives on how the chair would be manufactured. Some materials were much easier than others. The cardboard was a one piece formed fabrication where are the pipe cleaners and tooth pics were different and had multiple components. My favourite material out of the 3 was the cardboard. The pipe cleaners were too unpredictable and the toothpicks too fiddly.
3) What did you change along the way? What did you learn from your prototypes?
After I made the first prototype, I kept using the same forming technique. I should have assessed the new material and planned my build accordingly as a each material has its own properties.
4) How well did you address your user needs in the various design models you created?
My users need were to relax and recover. I addressed these needs through the form of the chair. The cardboard and pipe cleaner prototypes achieve my form, and also found an added feature of ‘rocking’. The toothpicks on the other had were a bit harder as the material was too rigid to be comfortable.