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Sabrina Soewatdy

New York, New York, United States

Product Design

Member since March 10, 2008

  • Versatile beyond 20/20

    Aid, Industrial Design


    VERSATILE beyond 20/20 A utility cart designed for people with limited vision.

    This project is done in collaboration and consultation with Cesar Gomez, a professional in the field of visual impairments. Research and User Testing were done with National Association for Visually Handicapped (NAVH),

    VERSATILE is a response to the social issues concerned with disability (specifically visual impairment). The design of furniture often reflects a lack of empathy and awareness of differing abilities in everyday functions, an¬d does not allow for comfortable use by the visually impaired.

    VERSATILE is designed to aid and assist those with limited vision in the workspace by highlighting elements of organization and navigation within the product. This modular furniture system is customizable to the user's needs so that it can functionally assist with mundane activities.

    The next steps of this project would be to design a line of furniture and environments that address the issues particular to the visually impaired community.

  • Sabrina,

    I've been invited to give feedback to all Parsons students, regarding your thesis projects.

    I applaud your intention with this utility cart idea but I'm having a tough time understanding its actual "utility" for those who are visually-impaired. I need more detail with respect to how this design has empathy for the blind people who will use it. How does it make their life easier? How do the organization and navigation systems actually work? In a nutshell, how does it live up to its name?

    Describe in playful detail what you've designed, layer by layer. Tell us why you've ordered its contents the way you have and why you've chosen certain materials and colors. Also, where will these be made available, and how much will they cost? Who will make them and who will distribute them?

    It might be fun to host a series of open sessions in various parts of the city where you invite blind people and their friends and families to join in on a brainstorm. Ask them to list the current problems and obstacles and then come up with ideas in how to solve them. Then...measure this against your initial instincts for this cart and see how well it responds to the actual needs of the end users.

    Be sure that it does and be sure to write in detail about HOW it does.

    Good luck, and thank you! J.

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My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design