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Brian Lin

Astoria, NY, United States

Member since September 08, 2008

  • RESPROTECT: First Draft



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  • Mid-Semester Review


    The overall feedback from the review was good last night.

    Most of the critics had comments about the form of my prototype as well as the life-span of the filter. Some mentioned that perhaps using a lighter color material would help send a message or make a statement since over time as the filter on the mask is used, there would be a dark spot that develops which would show how bad the atmosphere is that they're breathing in. Also, to add to the idea of making a statement, perhaps adding a bright color on the shoulders or an accent color in some other way to sort of create a uniform.

    There were also suggestions on the glove aspect of my product. One critic suggested considering the rubbers that are heat-shrunk over electrical wire and possibly using that idea in the gloves so they would be more form fitting for tactile ability.

    Also consideration of the life-span of the filter used in the mask. How the user would be able to know when to change it, etc.

    Comments on the distribution of my product as well as creating an awareness were made; some one mentioned using a system similar to those of breast cancer donations that you find at Target and other stores when they ask if you'd like to make a contribution. But in the case of my product, perhaps they could receive something for the contribution that would let them know about the situation happening in Guiyu; ie: the photos of destroyed lungs that sometimes come with packs of cigarettes.

    Overall, I have some more considerat...

  • Prototype.



    More photos of my prototype.

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    Made a third mock up of my product. This time including closures, etc. I was also able to make it look more like the sketches that I had of them, which the neck area was more scrunched together.

  • Boards.



    Open for suggestions!

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  • Storyboard.



    Storyboard of how my proposed product would be used in the scenario happening in Guiyu, China.

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  • Users for 1st Test: Because of the fact that the users of my product are not only overseas, but access to them is highly restricted, my tests will have to be conducted on a user group that works in similar ways to the actual users. I'm even proposing possible using gardeners because of the fact that gardening often requires many of the same bodily positions such as squatting or getting on the knees.

    What criteria will you use to select the individuals who will test your prototype? The individuals that are to be chosen for my user testing will most likely be a controlled group chosen either by myself, or through my NFP. As mentioned before, I would need to choose a group of people that work in similar situations or environments as the actual users of my product. At this point, however, I am looking more to testing the comfort aspect of my design.

    What type of environment will you test them in? I think a working environment would best suit my testing because then the user would actually be involved in the working positions and movements that would be able to test out the comfort of the design.

    The actual space itself is not yet found, however, I am currently in the process of discussing the user testing phase with my newly found NFP.

    As for administering the test, I am hoping that I will be able to be the one administering it so that I can get what I want to know out of it, also, interpret any immediate feedback into my design adjustments as opposed to having it come from a...

  • Since the mid 1990s, the town of Guiyu, China has been a major processor of e-waste, or electronic waste. Electronic waste refers to used consumer products consisting of computers, fax machines, copy machines, etc. These products make their way from developed countries such as the United States, Europe, and Japan to underdeveloped nations such as China, India, and Africa.

    In Guiyu specifically, 75% of their e-waste imports come from the United States, the only developed nation that hasn’t passed any legislation on prohibiting the export of toxic wastes to underdeveloped nations such as China. Although there is legislation in other countries prohibiting the act of exporting, it still occurs illegally. The Chinese government has set laws prohibiting importation of waste, however it only results in smuggling.

    The 80% of Guiyu’s population that participates in the processing of the waste do not wear any sort of protective gear, including goggles or masks, to prevent inhalation of the toxic fumes and particles coming from the burning of circuit boards to obtain valuable metals (gold, copper, and silver). Fumes are emitted from the tons and tons of toxic chemicals in computers like mercury, lead, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, and cadmium. Many of these chemicals are considered to be carcinogens, endocrine disrupters, cause neurological harm, and even cancer. They also affect the kidneys, cause brain damage such as lowering IQs in children, muscle weakness, and affect reproducti...




    So I spoke with Ruediger from StEP (Solving the E-waste Problem) on Thursday morning. Gave him a basic run-through of what I was doing, working on, focusing on, etc etc. Asked him about his organization and learned that they are more a collection of organizations, professionals, and whatnot as opposed to one single organization which is good on my part, because that means it's a good source for networking as well.

    He said he would really be interested in following my process with me basically as I go through my thesis. I've sent him some sketches so that he could get a more visual idea of what I'm designing and asked for his commentary. He also plans on forwarding it to others in order to get their feedback.

    Things are looking up... now for this user testing...

  • ... I was also researching on HP's recycling program that they have for their products. They claim they will take back their products including printer ink cartridges and recycle them. I browsed the website, made many calls to their company, transferred quite a few times, and nowhere was I able to find information about where these products go to be recycled or how the processing of them takes place. Interesting. Ignorance is bliss, I suppose...

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My Interests

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