The second and final product design exercise encouraged me to develop a product that allows for lunch on the go for a specific user. Following our steps from the first exercise, researching was the first phase of analyzing the user group and their lunch experience. In doing so, we created our own document that explains the action, environment, interaction, objects, and users for this specific type of product.
I determined to design a lunch on the go product for paramedics because they are always engaged at their job. They don’t seem to eat lunch but only snacks. Paramedics travel from places to places, in different transportation, whether it be an ambulance, a helicopter, or an airplane. They also do not carry much except their personal belongings, such as their backpacks.
Following our first group talk, we questioned and examined our research questions, or questions that are specific to the product and to the user group. After answering our questions with deep thoughts and critical thinking, it was then time for the second phase of the project. Phase 2 enforced us to develop multiple concepts that meet the criteria defined in Phase 1. Sketching ideas during this time became the fundamental enterprise, in order to come up with many ideas that may be used in the actual product.
I learned that during this phase, ideation sketches were more than sketching the tons of ideas. It is also about being specific for your audience and giving them as much information as possible.
The final phase of our lunch on the go exercise was to generate a prototype and a rendered drawing of our final form. We were also to construct a poster displaying the rendered drawings, CAD models, storyboard, research, and development sketches. Essentially, the main goal was to present our idea by using all of the resources we have used in the past. In order to engage in phase 3, I first had to create the prototype, as a reference object, which would then help me sketch my storyboards and the CAD models.
Constructing a poster became easier after the first product exercise. I followed the same style and outline of the Pental Case poster and integrated it into the Paramedics’ Lunch on the Go poster.
Rendering the CAD model was made easier after using the prototype as my reference. I then cloud rendered the model in Fusion360 for two hours.
The second product design exercise definitely inspired me to continue on becoming an industrial designer. I enjoy researching as well as solving the different types of problems that specific groups of people have in their daily life. I am excited for the upcoming semester to engage in more projects similar to this one.