MISSION: My mission is to help abused children reconnect, communicate, and reestablish a sense of ownership with themselves, family, and friends.
NFP: St. Luke’s Roosevelt Crime Victims Treatment Center and/or Generation Five. Currently still in the process of contacting them. It is taking a bit longer than expected but looking to make some progress this week.
Location/Context: Addressing sexually abused children does not give a certain demographic. Children in all different locations are prone to sexual abuse. But for this project I am focusing on the United States. I want to design a tool that can be used to help children cope with their traumatic experience.
Target Market: The target market is a sexually abused child.
Age Group: The age group of children being addressed is from three to seven.
Cost/Marketing Techniques: Cost and marketing techniques are yet to be determined. All the different types of materials, production process, packaging and distribution method will be accounted to create a cost estimate. But my goals of this project is not to design a high end product for the children, but a design that can be distributed without concerns of purchasing.
Evaluation/Prototype Testing: Various designs will be drawn out and prototyped to be tested with children. The cooperation of the NFP groups is important for this part because user testing is very important.
Materials: Materials are also yet to be determined. A list of qualities that must be given to the design has been created to meet the needs of the children. Some of those qualities are soft, transformable, colorful, “living materials”, a sense of ownership, portable, texture, approachable, etc.
Production Process: Although a specific production process has not been chosen, my goals are to research the cheapest way of producing my solution.
Packaging/Distribution Method: Packaging should be simple, light, and cheap. The distribution method is extensive. There are various ways I have considered the distribution of my solution: selling at children’s therapy toy stores, in catalogs for hospitals and school counselors, and having one delivered to a child in need with every donation to the NFP organization that agrees to work with me.