From the probes package of the older individual I learned what his life looks like from day to day. I leanred that he likes to eat fresh food and healthy food because he is health conscious. His favorite pants to wear are cargos because he ilkes the pockets, and he liked to wear blue button up shirts because they can be dressed up or down. He really likes to dress up and said that when he was younger people dressed up all the time, which is not how society is now. He also likes to swim in his above ground pool and enjoy the outside. He did have some troubles getting into his pool and needed to replace his ladder with a more sturdy one. Another worry that he has with stability is walking with his cane outside in the yard because there could be holes in the ground. Other than that he Is very independent, he even picked his house out specifically so he would be able to work on the house and do maintenance himself. He also likes to cook his own meals with fresh ingredients from Sprouts, rather than short cutting and making frozen meals. The layout of sprouts is what he likes, he likes that everything is low and visible rather than the tall shelves at Walmart that may be intimidating or hard to see. He even finds time to go volunteer at a nursing home and play games with the residents.
Through my merchandising experience in the classroom and at my internship the importance of product accessibility is always stressed. In order for a consumer to be able to consume a product they must be able to access it weather it is in store or in their homes. Using this information about his preferences and what I know from my merchandising experience I decided to create pantry shelves that would move electrically. He has a small house so he has to utilize all of the space with shelves as high as possible, but since he has to walk with a cane it might shorten his reach and make it more difficult to utilize the full amount of space in his pantry.
The theories that I will use are empathetic design, because I am creating a design that is catering to his needs in his every day life. The theory of design activism will be used because this will solve the problem that many people who are disabled have and that is independence. This design will be able to allow people in wheel chairs get to anything that they need without the help of anyone else. Independence is empowering and helps people live a better quality of life, no matter what their situation is. Lastly will be sustainability; this product will be made up of recycled metals and other materials with a sleek modern look.
A LOLA show that I liked was Gabi’s about Patagonia. Patagonia’s values are the same as the values we’ve been learning about through this class, and it is to only purchase things that you will keep for a long time, not a bunch of things that will be tossed away in a year. Patagonia even told its customers to stop buying new things and refurbish their old things. They studied extreme weather conditions with their apparel to create garments that would do what their purpose was, and last a long time. I like how they promote these values by offering free repairs on their clothing.
Another LOLA show that I liked was Brionna’s show about LOKAI. I think it is really cool how that company hikes to the top of the mountain and to the lowest point in the world to create these bracelets. They give proceeds to such a good cause, to give fresh water to villages that don’t have them. I didn’t know the whole back round about how he was resembling the high points in life and the low points in life. I got my first LOKAI when my mother was batteling breast cancer and my friends got me one that was pink and donated money to breast cancer research. I think it’s great that they donate to other causes that are current issues aswell.
Lastly I was really intrigues by Rock Stock, the paper made out of sustainable materials, unlike regular paper. So much paper is used daily, so finding alternative ways to make it would make a huge difference. It was created by Alan Good in Asia, and then spread to New Zealand. This paper uses less energy to produce, and will turn back into dust after being left in the sun, like it would be if it was left in a dump. It does not contain any wood, is non toxic, does not need water, and does not contain any acid or chemicals. The factory is also located very close to where it is sold so there is little transportation energy used. The main source of materials to create this paper is construction waste.