- I have to admit that besides in the case of drawing, I had no experience using the different materials. This made it quite difficult to construct anything especially meaningful in the limited time available, so exploration of ideas was not very fruitful.
As far as expressing potential solutions is concerned, the properties of the materials served to place focus on aspects particular to them. In the case of the cardboard, structural stability was what demanded attention. The pipe cleaners were the most versatile for me, so they allowed some degree of representation of the final form that I envisioned. The toothpicks were too difficult for me to make anything decent in the allotted time.
Having said that, I do appreciate the underlying principle of material iteration in developing prototypes. Given time, the basic sketches could be constructed into increasingly higher fidelity prototypes with significant insights gained at each stage of the process.
- I may have covered this in part 1, but the lack of malleability offered by the cardboard, meant that only overall structure could be represented by my limited skills, so focus was on structural integrity and balance. With the pipe cleaners, I was able to more accurately represent curves and cantilevered components. The toothpicks were the most difficult to arrange in a representational way and as such only served as a guide as to how I might go about building the underlying structural surfaces in a model that utilised a combination of materials. My favourite to work with were definitely the pipe cleaners.
- If I’m to be honest, I changed the design to suit the challenges presented by each material, rather than making changes based on insights gained about the final product. From my prototypes I learned firsthand why compromises are often made in design due to limited manufacturing processes or resources.
- The user needs were addressed in each model at least in spirit. My client was baby Maggie, so her chair had to have playful distractions and secure safety restraints, which represented in some form or at least would have, given enough time.