Blog 9

The design probes package was a great tool in understanding someone’s everyday activities, interests, and lifestyle. Designing my own probes package was interesting because think of myself as chill, laid back, and someone who repeats the same tasks everyday: school, Starbucks for homework, workout, sleep, repeat; however, my probes package reflected someone who is interested in a variety of activities and loves to stay busy. As a designer, having these packages to look at, allows us to reflect on what that person would want designed for them without knowing directly who they were. On Monday, my learning community was assigned a student’s probe package in which we had to design something based around our observations. The probe package showed how this student loved music festivals, diverse food, and traveling. Based off of these observations we were able to create a festival like backpack with technological features (charging ports and speakers for music), functional pockets for credit cards, shoes, and other necessary compartments for everyday and special occasions use.

On Wednesday, before the lecture we were given an in-class activity called the happiness barometer in which we rated our happiness based off of certain topics. What I learned is that to some degree or another, we as humans have a sense of happiness no matter what life events we have partaken in and may have had a toll in how we perceive this feeling. When designing for human needs, there are three categories to consider: having, doing, being. Later in the class, our learning community was asked to create something in the apparel merchandising field for the doing category. We designed a jacket that had speakers built into the hood where IPhones, IPods, and other music devices could be hooked up to. This design fell into the leisure department of the doing category since people would be able to use it for working out, falling asleep, studying, and other versatile activities.

The “who gives a crap” video showed how comical marketing and passion can push a design concept into reality. Personally I think IKEA’s flat pack modular design is unique, effective, useful, and affordable. It shows how simplifying one’s lifestyle and designing for sustainability does not have to be dull but can be dynamic and operational. This design is great for single adults but I do feel as though this design would be to compressed or compacted for a family. In regards to poor working conditions in company factories and warehouses globally, we as consumers should be more involved in taking a stance against companies who are not transparent about their involvement with fair trade compliances and certifications. Dr. Jayadas talked about how when we as consumers buy a garment, in a way, we approve of the working conditions of the people who made it. When designing, human needs should be the primary factor to consider throughout all of the production stages.

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