Working on the Design Probes package made me notice details in my daily life that I never recognized before. I got the opportunity to analyze my everyday life and look at different foods and hobbies that I enjoyed. It also helped me learn more about my classmates and what their interests are. My learning community and I got the chance to learn more about one of our classmates and design a product just for her based on her Design Probes package. This helped my learning community and I to learn how to design for consumers based on their likes and dislikes. Our in-class activity helped me learn how to design for the consumer. It made me pay attention to all the details to help better understand the person you are designing for, because a good design is something that is tailored to the everyday consumer to make their daily lives easier. This activity allowed my learning community and I to think outside the box to create a useful and trendy design based off of the Design Probes package we were assigned.
Learning about human needs helped me realize that we need to think outside of the box when creating products for consumers. Current design methods are centered on creating products that are “trendy” instead of creating products consumers need. If we as designers could better understand what drives people, what interest them, and what their likes and dislikes are, we would become better designers. That is the purpose of understanding human needs, because our main goal should be creating products that have a deeper meaning to consumers. This will help reduce consumer’s amount of waste, because the product will connect with them. It is so easy to keep throwing away and wasting things because we want the newest item, but if we create products that mean something more to consumers, we will be one step closer to creating a less wasteful environment.
“Who gives a crap” helped reiterate the importance of creating a sustainable design that goes towards a good cause. The “little brown dress” helped show that people don’t realize what you’re wearing 99% of the time. We are always so worried to repeat an outfit and having the trendiest clothing items. She shows that wearing the same piece of clothing every day is socially acceptable and not as big of a deal as people make it out to be. The IKEA flat pack houses was interesting because it created houses with a minimalistic design with only the basic necessities needed to build a house. Threadless was an interesting concept because it allowed people to design their own t-shirts by choosing their own color palettes and patterns that they connected with. We touched on poor working conditions and how people will help assemble products and make very little wages. It was interesting to see how products are made and sold for a hefty price, but the people working in the production process for the product make way less than minimum wage. It’s not only important to address the issues with current design, but also making sure that people working in the production of clothing are treated and paid fairly.