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Serdar Gizer

New York, NY, United States

Member since September 08, 2008

  • final board draft

    Aid, Industrial Design


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  • green music video

    Environment, Industrial Design

    a funny music video for a competition with a good cause.

  • 2nd User Test

    Aid, Industrial Design


    I conducted my second user testing at the same school as the first one, PS261 in Brooklyn. The testing was done by 5 students, 3 of them from the 1st test.

    Each student tried on the final design of the holster and moved around with it. Kids were wearing lighter clothes that enabled them to feel the comfort of the holster better. The main aspect testing on this round was ease of use. Kids were given the holster bundled up, without any directions to put on. They were all able to put it on without any help or question. Here are the comments from the group:

    • the previous one was too hard to put on
    • the previous one was bigger
    • it needs to be all same color so it's less visible
    • it needs to have instructions on it saying if it's worn on your back or front
    • this one makes more sense

    Conclusion: The holster was easy and therefore passed the test. How it's worn is dependent on the user and what else he's wearing.

  • Review

    Aid, Industrial Design

    Board I was told that the name of the project, the font I used for titles and the color combination resembled of drug packaging, therefore it creates expectations about a medical solution.

    Research I was asked questions about social issues that would effect the system including was to avoid stealing, use of the objects as weapons and proposing a fair system.

    Concept The critics suggested that the concept should be more child-friendly in shape, common garment to carry the battery and also a unibody design that includes the light and battery in one.

    Materials Many critics recommended looking into local materials. Some were curious about the recycling of the materials. And some suggested that I use real batteries and build the actual system.

  • Boards

    Community, Industrial Design


    board 1

    board 2

    (to be proofread)

  • User Testing #1

    Aid, Industrial Design

    1. Who will be the users for your 1st test?

    I am choosing my users from the locals for the user testing, that are elementary school children of NYC. They are going to be chosen with the permission of their parents and the specific teacher that wants to conduct the project. I am hoping to use these kids for all 3 testings since it is a controlled group. The test does not even require for the kid to go to school but because of the age group, they do.The aspects that I will be looking for are ergonomics, ease of use and comfort. The instructor will be co-administering the test.

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

    This is a crucial part of my user testing that is important because it is conducted in America. I must be extra careful about my statements and the safety of my prototypes, the need for the testing and the reason I choose the children. It is essential to establish a trusted relationship with the instructor.

  • School3_177_

    Barefoot College, an organization that mainly works in India, opened 250 night schools for children in 6 states of India. The schools are lit by solar-powered lanterns and maintained by a committee formed from the locals. The lanterns are maintained by Barefoot College engineers that are also locals who are trained in the area by Barefoot College. These five year schools provide education in basic animal husbandry, reading and math. The children are given books and supplies that they can take and work on during the day while helping with the chores.

    This project is working successfully in 250 locations which is a sign of it's adaptability to different regions. This is mainly because of the resource that it has chosen: solar energy. I am, too, trying to incorporate solar energy technologies in my project because it's abundant and renewable. The Night Schools make use of the time after sundown in areas with limited electricity. While the chores are done during the day under the sunlight, the education takes place at night. My project brings the light home to share with the family and also makes use of the time after sundown. While my project is giving the families a reason to keep their kids at school during the day, the Night Schools find a valid solution to that by placing class time at night. A negative aspect of this solution might be that the children would be tired from the daily chores when they are at school.

    Solar Electric Light Fund placed solar panels at a high sch...

  • Revised Executive Summary

    Aid, Industrial Design

    Electricity has been the daily energy source of people for about 150 years. According to World Resources Institute in 2000, 27.2% of the world’s population did not have electricity in their homes. International Energy Agency points out that 80% of people living without electricity live in rural areas of the developing world, mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa, South and East Asia. In 2000, only 24.2% of the people living in Sub-Saharan Africa had electricity in their homes. 32% of the countries in this region have more than 90% of their homes without electricity. This includes Ethiopia, one of the least developed countries in the World in terms of energy, with an access to electricity percentage of 4.7.

    The area is one of the focal points of the world’s biggest organizations, yet the lack of electricity in the area makes their job very difficult. Medical supplies to fight with deadly epidemics, and agricultural supplies to ease plantation and fight hunger spoil without refrigeration, existing lighting methods using kerosene result in child poisoning and are highly affected by the rising oil prices, community knowledge is weakened without communication devices, and clean and uncontaminated water is very hard to be reached without electric pumps. Lack of electricity at home decreases the quality of life, and efficiency of time and resources. Families that struggle surviving oversee the necessity of education. At Ethiopian schools the enrollment rate and attendance is low; class re...

  • NFP Contacts & User Testing Plans

    Aid, Industrial Design

    I have been in contact with Jessica Fanzo from Millennium Villages, a New York based organization. Jessica works is based in Kenya and works around the continent for the organization mainly involving in advocacy with governments, and help in the areas of nutrition, education, agriculture and water.

    Jessica forwarded my first set of questions to two of her colleagues, Margaret Wanjiku and Sharon Gordon. Margaret is a public sector specialist from Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and Sharon is an environmental specialist at the Millennium Development Goals Centres (MDG Centres) in Kenya. They are also both based in Africa.

    I am planning on conducting a user testing using school children. Each child would receive a different kind of holster to carry "the battery" (a unit with weight equivalent to the actual battery) and use it for a week. I have contacted The Little Red School House, Manhattan Country School and Rudolf Steiner School.

    I have not gotten any responses yet and I am in search for more schools. As soon as I hear a positive response, I will be meeting with the school representative to give a presentation to the children and start the testing. The testing will give results about the comfort, security and ergonomics of the designs which will later be analyzed.

  • Presentation Review

    Aid, Industrial Design


    Verbal Suggestions:

    • study the possibility of merging the two concepts.
    • emphasize the education aspect
    • discover other possible uses of the methods discussed
    • investigate the disadvantages of other similar products
    • find a contact in NYC for user testing possibility
    • presenting large ideas can look impossible or unbelieveable

    Written Suggestions:

    • conduct deeper investigation of social/political issues
    • display even more ideas
    • narrow down the project
    • using the big picture weakens the argument
    • get into details when presenting research
    • focus on minimal amount of local resources
    • focus on the user
    • do not try to adapt existing products – come up with new ones
    • contact a user group for testing
    • try to merge ideas

    Personal Overview of the Critiques:

    There were a lot of mixed messages from the critics that were presented in very positive and polite ways during the presentation.

    Some arguments were lead by the critics were more about their own personal approaches to the problems than discussing what was being presented. Critics were disappointed and persuasive when a suggestion of theirs was inapplicable, already been thought or not covered by the research that was already done.

    Some critics showed general interest but seemed lost when I went into the details of the research. They wanted to discuss the concept ideas right away and start asking design questions before the presentation was complete. Therefore their comments on the research were that it is not thorough. It was chal...

My Interests

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