Medium Fidelity Prototyping

Since my last post, I’ve managed to get back into the workshop to build out a more finished product. Some of my Arduino parts arrived so it has been a busy few days.

Medium Fidelity Prototyping

As outlined previously, I had modelled my device form in Fusion 360. With this complete, I set out to use the CNC machine located in our college's workshop. This machine works by taking a sketch of the model and then forms it out of foam. Once this was complete I used the laser cutter to cut out the dial needed for the device interactions.

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You learn more from failure than success

In the past week, there has been roadblock after roadblock. It seems as though every time I solve one problem another ten arise. I have been having technical issues with my Arduino setup and also having problems with making the form of my device. In the past, these issues would have stressed me out quite a bit. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still stressed but after coming through the masters I have learned to juggle my time more efficiently and also not stick on one problem for too long. If something isn’t going your way, just take a different route and try and solve something else on your to-do list. …


Back in the workshop and some thoughts with a lil sketching

This week I’m back in the college workshop developing some forms. I am going to keep iterating and building for as long as possible in order to get the best out of my ideas. Delving into product design is something I’ve wanted to do a lot this year as I have little to no experience working with tools, as I’ve mentioned in earlier posts.

Making

As stated in an earlier post, the experience prototype I had created in my dad’s workshop was not going to be a direction I wanted to go in. Below are different forms I have been sketching out for some time. I had tested a lo-fi model of the conical shape with the Waterford Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Support Group, as stated, they all liked the shape and used it intuitively. …


Experience Prototype Follow Up Session

In my last post, I outlined my findings from the co-creation session I ran last week. Running parallel to the session, I felt it was a good idea to follow up with the participants of the experience prototype I had been conducting for over a week. This proved useful as each participant spoke openly, more so than if the interview was over the phone or social media and had brought their diary log with them.

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Experience Prototype Questions

Over the week I had time to tweak the questions I was going to ask the participants, something I feel helped. As time went more ideas began cropping up and helped me form my direction for the follow-up session. …


Building, Making, Testing — Co-Creation/Experience Prototype

Since my last post, I’ve been busy juggling many different aspects of the design process, from co-creation sessions to building/testing concept forms. Its been a good week of work, so here’s the content you’ve all been waiting for.

Building

In my last post, I outlined that I wanted to stay away from the mundane forms that are already out there. But in order to test the experience of a user listening to messages around their home, I needed to create a case for my Bluetooth speaker, which of course is quite a simple shape. …


Further research and experience prototyping

Gaps In The Group Experience

Since my last post, I have been trying to find the gaps in the support group, and see how I could potentially improve the member's experience. To do this I created a Google Form and sent it out to the wider Waterford Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Support group (WF&CPSG). There are 69 members in the Facebook group and I received 16 responses to the form. The questions I asked are as follows:

  • How did the group start?
  • Who set it up?
  • Why was it set up?
  • How many members are there?
  • How do new members hear about it?
  • What activities happen throughout the year? …


Some early concept generation

Considerations

The majority of my early research is now over, but with that in mind there are some things I would like to consider when jumping into some early concepts:

  • What am I trying to do?
  • What are the needs of my stakeholders?
  • Where are the gaps in the existing infrastructure?
  • How can I make a small impact?

My overarching themes are, support for sufferers and connecting individuals, but what would a minimum viable output look like?

Must:

  • Connect people
  • Give support

Should:

  • Spread knowledge
  • Help with daily pressures of having chronic pain

Could:

  • Create friendships
  • Help users speak openly

Won't:

  • Reduce pain level
  • Remove the need for a…


You guessed it… More research!

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In my last post, I outlined some of my research methods, insights and emerging themes. The purpose of this post is to give a quick update of my research findings and the insights from some industry experts.

Since My Last Post…

I’ve conducted a number of expert interviews with people in the design and AI field. Since the beginning of this project I have been interested in AI and how I could harness its potential in my design. I am aware that I shouldn’t become fixed on one technology without having it backed up by my insights. …


Research, research and oh yeah, more research

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Focus Group Member

In my last post, I outlined my starting point, my reasoning and how I plan to work throughout my project. Here, I will be outlining the research steps in took in order to gather some knowledge of the problem I am facing. Buckle up, and prepare for some sweet, sweet insights.

The Problem? — Recap

As stated in my last post 1.5 billion people worldwide sufferer from chronic pain. From that statistic I came to my how might we statement.

How might we improve the lives of people with chronic pain, through the use of technology?

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Since My Last Post…

I conducted a focus group with five sufferers of chronic pain. Each with varying conditions and pain levels. The age range was from 27–63. Each of these women is part of the Waterford Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Support Group. …


My starting point — The Proposal

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My major project is part of masters in Interaction Design at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin. I have 14 weeks to research, conceptualize and deliver my project. I’ve achieved a lot this year but I’m not resting on my laurels, I’m diving straight in and going to keep pushing myself to the end of August.

Starting Point

Since I started my masters I’ve been interested in inclusive design, technology-led design and designing experiences to improve peoples lives. One project that has stuck with me is Microsoft’s Seeing AI , this was the initial spark I had in wanting to create something for people with disabilities. In my opinion chronic pain is an issue that needs addressing in many ways. My mother has suffered from chronic pain for the past twenty-seven years and I felt I could potentially design a solution to provide some sort of relief for sufferers around the world. …

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Calvin Freeman

I’m a Product Designer(UX/UI), delivering simple solutions to complex problems with the customer at the forefront of my process

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