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Douglas Best

Brooklyn, New York, United States

Member since September 08, 2008


  • gantt

    Communication, Fashion Design

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    time

  • episode

    Community, Industrial Design

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    cell phone in a restaurant

    Questions of etiquette

    The public realm, technology and the loss of defined space

    Telecommuting

    shared space

    stopping noise pollution at the source

    behavior modification through ticket citation

    Product/behavior

    lists. developing episodes.

  • Test

    Community, Industrial Design

    Users for first test?

    Users for my first test will be Parsons students, and others.

    What criteria will you use to select the individuals who will test your prototype?

    The most important criteria for my first test will be that the user owns an Iphone. This is because my prototypes are made for an I phone. I'm using a very popular phone because I envision cell phones following the Iphone touch screen trend.

    What type of environment will you test them in?

    I will test the user in his/her typical cell phone environment. Anywhere that cell phone use may be considered a nuisance, or difficult to hear. A library, on the sidewalk, in a class room, in a store, Starbucks, Barnes and Noble, Metro North, apartment, etc.

    What type of relationship do you need with your NFP and users to conduct your test?

    I just need someone who is willing to lend me their Iphone, so that I can strap my prototype case on. Then have them make 2 phone calls, one with my case, and one without. I will need to film them, in order to get ergonomic feed back from the footage, as well as sound from the conversations with and without the case.

  • Executive Brief

    Community, Industrial Design

    "Noise is the number one Quality-of-life complaint in New York City" Mayor Micheal R. Bloomberg said this on June 13, 2004. In the 'city that never sleeps' there must be some control over the sound we make, however the control can not only exist as police force,and ticket writing. In 2004 the Department of Environmental Protection received 27,987 noise complaints and 1,449 noise violations. 4 years later in 2008 complaints rose to 49,221, and noise violations rose to 3,420.

    Living in New York City their is a distinction between those who own versus those who rent when considering the ability to sound proof a space.

    Acoustic consultants are more likely to be working with architects in the planning, and designing stages of a project. This does not allow a renter to have any say in the acoustic design of their space.

    The issue with renting an apartment is that you accept the sonic environment, there is little you can do to remedy any noise issues. Realtors recommend viewing an apartment you are really interested in, at 3 times during the day: once in the morning, the afternoon, and at night, in order to hear what the apartment sounds like. Since the 1950's building standards have not changed enough to sound proof your living space from even a loud conversation. Your walls are designed to absorb between 34 and 38 decibels, you can imagine how insufficient this is when noise from a loud conversation can exceed 85db.

    This is an important step to take when consider...

  • Executive Brief

    Community, Industrial Design

    "Noise is the number one Quality-of-life complaint in New York City" Mayor Micheal R. Bloomberg said this on June 13, 2004. In the 'city that never sleeps' there must be some control over the sound we make, however the control can not only exist as police force,and ticket writing. In 2004 the Department of Environmental Protection received 27,987 noise complaints and 1,449 noise violations. 4 years later in 2008 complaints rose to 49,221, and noise violations rose to 3,420.

    Living in New York City their is a distinction between those who own versus those who rent when considering the ability to sound proof a space.

    Acoustic consultants are more likely to be working with architects in the planning, and designing stages of a project. This does not allow a renter to have any say in the acoustic design of their space.

    The issue with renting an apartment is that you accept the sonic environment, there is little you can do to remedy any noise issues. Realtors recommend viewing an apartment you are really interested in, at 3 times during the day: once in the morning, the afternoon, and at night, in order to hear what the apartment sounds like. Since the 1950's building standards have not changed enough to sound proof your living space from even a loud conversation. Your walls are designed to absorb between 34 and 38 decibels, you can imagine how insufficient this is when noise from a loud conversation can exceed 85db.

    This is an important step to take when consider...

  • Compare

    Education

    Mouthear_132_

    competitive analysis

  • LISTS

    Community, Industrial Design

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    Design Goals: -Audio Privacy (psychology of sound...) -Wind over Microphone/ solve with Casing -A future trend -Sound Gear -Fashionable

    • Cell Phone Etiquette= Public/Private -Reduce Neighborly Noise

    Itemized Prototype Presentation List: -Working Iphone, with silicone prototype casing. -Graphics Board -Talking environment -Video -in-Use- scenarios? -Models...Mannequin's Display line of variables.

    I'm thinking about how to prototype this Cell phone in a way that I can test, or measure effectiveness..

    Paper models... which use principles of shape to direct the sound made from your mouth to your ears.

    Video tape, user reading a script, judge readers own voice intelligibility .

  • NFP RElated

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design

    USER GROUP Users will be impromptu. I will present a “Works like” functioning model to test. I will video tape the interaction.I will place the users cellphone in the model, securely.Then place the model on the table in front of the user.The user will have to Manage to use the device.I will learn how approachable the product may be, orhow ergonomic the design is.Is it intuitive to use?Does it make users voice louder to the user, and quiet for a neighbor? How well you hear yourselfHow well your voice is muted to an outsider

    A clear relationship is not entirely necessary with this product, because itis not a specialized product. It exists in the mainstream, and Mass Market.Though specific USE scenarios may be beneficial.Office work of a particular type, as compared to another line of work such as Construction IndoorsOutdoors

    I plan on creating a hands free Head set....a protective cell phone skin...Hands on model. rough working prototypes to get ideas for forms, and learn through user testing about comfort, opportunities /moments / experiences to design forWho can most benefit.which materials are best? My NFP’s involvement will be to give critical feed back on my testing scenarios.He will get a series of boards that display my results, with screen shots.Analyzing behaviorergonomics function fashion If I can get an idea of the general consensus, What does the future of the cell phone look like? Who benefits most?

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    Communication, Industrial Design

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    COMPARE

  • CREATESCAPE

    Education, Industrial Design

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    NFP/USERDevelopment

    FurtherDesignResearch

    Design Prototyping/Development-FOAM CONCEPT

    Design/Prototype Development 2nd Cell Board

    Design/Prototype Development CELLPhone Concept

    Thesis Document

PRODUCT DESIGN

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My Interests

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