Decomposing a Thesis
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.
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.
We felt that the form of the furniture was interesting and unique.
We also decided that it could probably dictate people to communicate but we weren’t convinced that the families would want to use it very often.
If it is flat pack and if the pieces can be easily replaced we thought that was a strong area, but we weren’t sure because there was no supporting evidence of this even happening.
Our Final Design:
In keeping with the “lazy susan” idea that this piece invokes, we wanted to design something that was just as functional as it was engaging for the entire family. Instead of a “workstation” for the office, we designed a “lazy susan” which has the days of the week labeled on each slot where the children can place their homework, notes, and books. This helps the family engage in every activity during the week. They can also write on a removable washable canvas top that acts like a daily calendar so that they can feel a sense of accomplishment when they finish tasks together.