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  • CAMBOO by Vivian Lam

    Well-being, Industrial Design

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    Group: Serdar, Aron, Brett, Janet

    She wanted to improve the quality of life among low-income families in Cambodia. Poverty is a huge problem in Cambodia, 35% of the population is living under the poverty line which affects the health and education of that segment. The solution is a line of products that help Cambodian bamboo artisans increase their sales with a new product line designed by Vivian. Her non-profits included Cambodian NTFP Development Organization, World of Good, Aid to Artisans, and Rainforest Relief. The non-profits are involved in the distribution of goods in the local and global market.

    Her mission was clearly stated: she wanted to take advantage of artisan skills and abundant natural resources to improve the poverty situation in Cambodia by helping to make the product more appealing and assisting the circulation of these products in the right global markets. While her mission is clear we were not convinced this problem is real, and we needed more statistics and visuals to back up her claims. The materials, designs, and technique chosen were not backed up with much evidence. How exactly is this distribution network set up? How will the economics of this work? Essentially she is trying to rebuild the economy of an entire country and this requires a thorough understanding and explanation of such things. What is special about the design, how does it stand out when compared to the original Cambodian products, what is wrong with the existing products, and what...

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    On Monday, September 22, I will be discussing several topics that will be of interest as you begin to carry out design research that is at the heart of the thesis. I will be showing a few examples from my own work to illustrate some of the methods and techniques for beginning to carry out design research. You may want to take a look at my presentation beforehand. Here's the link to my presentation.

  • Some Thought after the Reading

    Education, Industrial Design

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    Some thought after the reading

    Nokia User Research: “Can the Cellphone Help End Global Poverty?” by Sara Corbett

    After I read the first couple of pages, the only thing I can think of is “not another corporate jingoism” like what Nike had done before, sending free shoes to Africa, than later on they will need to buy their own, because the skin under their foot become softer by the protection of the shoe. (Not rough enough to run on the ground bare foot anymore) But this article brought up some interesting point that I do not know, for example: once the people consumer a phone, if their celery increase, the money they spent on telecommunications increases as well. Another good point is the mobile banking. This idea is not new, (Japan use it for a while now) but this is really beneficial to the developing countries people. They can get their celery by phone and further use the phone as their purse. In the article they mention Harvard University studied that fishermen benefit themselves by owning cell phones. They can call the buyers before they arrive. London Business school also studied (in 2005) every additional 10 mobile phones per 100 people, a country’s G.D.P. (Dynamic Charts of Fed Economic Data) rises 0.5 percent. I’m questioning the increase rate of G.D.P., but it is an interesting fact. Something also caught my attention when I was reading this article, when Chipchase and Nokia collaborate a cell phone design competition for a dream phone. The “dream pho...

  • Some Thought after the Reading

    Education, Industrial Design

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    Some thought after the read

    Nokia User Research: “Can the Cellphone Help End Global Poverty?” by Sara Corbett

    After I read the first couple of pages, the only thing I can think of is “not another corporate jingoism” like what Nike had done before, sending free shoes to Africa, than later on they will need to buy their own, because the skin under their foot become softer by the protection of the shoe. (Not rough enough to run on the ground bare foot anymore) But this article brought up some interesting point that I do not know, for example: once the people consumer a phone, if their celery increase, the money they spent on telecommunications increases as well. Another good point is the mobile banking. This idea is not new, (Japan use it for a while now) but this is really beneficial to the developing countries people. They can get their celery by phone and further use the phone as their purse. In the article they mention Harvard University studied that fishermen benefit themselves by owning cell phones. They can call the buyers before they arrive. London Business school also studied (in 2005) every additional 10 mobile phones per 100 people, a country’s G.D.P. (Dynamic Charts of Fed Economic Data) rises 0.5 percent. I’m questioning the increase rate of G.D.P., but it is an interesting fact. Something also caught my attention when I was reading this article, when Chipchase and Nokia collaborate a cell phone design competition for a dream phone. The “dream phone”...

  • Hospital061113_3_560_177_

    During the summer, I had to think about what I am going to do in my senior year. At that time, I was thinking more environmental issues and poor people in the world for the thesis before I meet her. My thinking was just vague idea and had no-focal point. At the mid of summer vacation, I had a chance to go back to Japan only one week. I could see a friend of mine that I have made since second high school. She is one of friends who know what other old friends are doing now. While we had a dinner, she started to talk about what other friends doing now and their situation. I already know that a few of other friends are working in public welfare, but I did not know what kind of welfare institution they belong. She told me that two of them are working in psychiatric facilities and taking care mental patients every day. I know those two men well, one guy was a pro-boxer until few years ago and another guy was a member of gang. They had some troubles during high school and always had too much energy. I was thinking they could be doing well in any area of job since they have enough stamina and patience.

    However, she let me know that they want to give up their job these days, because they have an invisible problem in working condition. Concretely, they could not sustain their mental health she said. They are working as care workers and stay with mental patients everyday. She finally told me the real voice of one of them when she had a chance to talk to him, “Can you imagine people w...

  • Animal wheelchair

    Well-being, Industrial Design

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    When dongs broken legs, Animal wheelchair provides convenient function for dongs. The existing animal wheelchair has some design problems need to be solve . the chair has only two wheel which doesn’t reduce enough pressure for a dog to control the wheelchair. Not only does the wheelchair have difficult function for dog to control, but also metal wheel is heavy weight for dog to control. The senior student Hye kim was focus on wheelchair providing body comfort, and it also provides easy control wheelchair function. Hye Kim was cooperate with UC David. They was working on how to create care program which give promote fosters and ease all aspects of health, comfort and disease of companion animals.

    Strengths and weaknesses of the project.

    Strengths: having three wheel can release pressure to non-injury legs. Using memory foam to provide comfort ,it is very sweet idea. To use transparent plastic is new design concept to reduce wheelchair weight. Because of material and colors using, it makes wheelchair look more modern and friendly . In our group discussion, we appreciate the product is being rented in hospitals. We also found several points that product can be improved. First, presentation board can be more clear in order to understand materials using and product description. Second, we wonder does the third wheel works better than two wheels.

    Propose improvement:

    After doing analysis, we found the biggest problems need to be solved. The wheelchair is only for back l...

  • Dog_protection_idea_copy_177_

    So in a little bit of my research towards dealing with an issue for blind dogs i found these harnesses with a slim guard that would allow the dog to know when its in a few feet of bumping into something. the images towards the top of the image is for an existing product, my solution is at the bottom of the image

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    This is the image to our deconstruction of the Solaris project by Sophia Dubrovina

  • Visit us at FinnBuild '08

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    <div class="content"> <div class="field field-type-image field-field-main-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item"><img src="http://vitrulux.com/en/files/imagecache/teaser-image/images/Finnbuild08250.jpg" alt="Finnbuild08250.jpg" title="FinnBuild 2008" class="imagecache imagecache-teaser-image" /></div></div></div><p>Come visit us at <a href="http://www.finnexpo.fi/finnbuild/">FinnBuild '08</a> in lot <em>5g19</em> starting on the 24th of September, 2008 for a hands-on presentation of our technology. We will be glad to talk and to answer any of your questions.</p> <blockquote><p> FinnBuild is the most important building and building services exhibition in Finland. FinnBuild is now arranged for the 18th time and once again presents the newest products, solutions and services of the branch.</p> <p>International FinnBuild brings the whole construction sector together. Both major, trend-setting old hands as well as new, innovative entrepreneurs will be taking part. FinnBuild, which was first arranged in 1974, fills in all six halls of the Helsinki Fair Centre. (<a href="http://www.finnexpo.fi/finnbuild/">source</a>) </p></blockquote> <p>FinnBuild Expo takes place at the <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&...

  • Decomposing a Thesis

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design

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    Decomposing a Thesis

    Group Member:

    Jennifer Riggi, SuMin Nam, Herng Fuu Richard Yeh

    Title of the Thesis:

    Share Station by Tao Lin¬

    Summary of Project:

    Workstation that encourages interaction between Asian American parents and their children. It is supposed to improve language barriers and help strengthen family bonds.

    Problems:

    A lot of solutions were created from assumptions. There is not enough evidence on the board to convince us that the product serves its function.

    He tries to tackle too many problems at once instead of stating one problem and one solution. He mentions female suicide, gaps between children and parents, randomly placed recycling information, and the actual furniture has major physical construction issues.

    We found that the desk was abnormally huge and probably most Asian American families could not comfortably fit it in their residence. Also it only seats two people when most families have more than one parent and sibling. We were not convinced that this piece of furniture and its specific function as a workstation had any relevance to the mission statement.

    Also none of the stated issues that the non for profit stood for directly related to the mission statement.

    We were also weary that the product needed to be for Asian American families exclusively. The problem statement could apply to most families regardless of their culture.

    Positives:

    We felt that the form of the furniture was interesting and unique.

    We also decided that it cou...

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