There was so much excitement in the room, we were all thrilled to display our work and when people walked in the excitement grew even bigger. My final concept was a redesigned show brush. The idea was to create a brush that was easy to use and the cobblers hands would remain clean. I made my final prototype using a shoe brush and sunboard. With the help of paint I was able to give the sunboard a wood finish and later attached the brush to the sunboard and used scissors to shape the bristles. After measuring the dimensions of my product, I made engineering sketches. Me and my partner started displaying our work, we made our display into a process, it went from old work to recent work and our prototypes were arranged from failed to final model. We showed our journey through studio with the help of post its. Dividing the work into a process and using post its really helped me explain the process. After receiving good and bad criticism, I got to know my strengths and weaknesses.
For this session, each of us had to settle on one problem of the street vendor and finalise our solution. I realised that when he dusts and polishes the shoe or slipper, his hands get dirty. I decided to take it up and give a solution for the problem. My solution in the form of engineering sketches are attached below:
The product I’ve designed is a very handy brush to dust and polish the shoe. The brush is slightly curved so it can move along the shoe and the sides of the bristles are angular so its easy for him to clean every tiny corner of the shoe even if there are patterns on the footwear. There is a handle for him on one side and a divident that separates the bristles and the handle so his hands don’t get dirty.
I made my first trial prototype out of thermocol and wire. I used thermocol of the body and handle of the brush and wire for the bristles.
The next step is making the final prototype, I’m going to be make it using wood. It was exciting to see how a 2d sketch transformed into a 3d model.
For these two weeks we had to settle on a final problem and a solution.We were given the freedom to go to the workshop and make our dead prototypes. After trial and error I landed on a single solution. I wanted to create a product that will not only hold the shoes but hold his tools as well. After making engineering sketches I realised I wasn’t quite happy with my solution. My failed concept sketch is attached below:
After further research about the cobbler , I found more problems and solutions for each problem . The problems and solutions are listened below :
- Too many mosquitos :
2. Glue sticks to hand :
3. Holes in cupboard due to rain :
4. Umbrellas hanging upfront :
It was interesting to find different solutions for a problem and try to generate creative ideas. Coming up with problems and solutions really helped me think and explore my creativity .
For week 2 we were separated into groups of two , each group had to go and interview two street vendors , study their life , their problems and sketch their activities . My partner and I went to Churchgate to find our street vendors ,she interviewed a cobbler and I interviewed a coconut selling vendor . Before asking him a series of questions , I started off by buying coconut water from him then I introduced myself and told him the reason behind the interview . Then I asked him if he could spare 10 to 15 minutes of his time . The questionnaire and his answers are attached below:
What is your name?
Where are you from?
Till what grade have you studied ?
Till 3rd grade
How long does it take for you to come to work?
It takes 50 minutes by train
Since when are you doing this job?
Since 17 years
What work do you do?
Sells coconuts for a living
Where is your family?
They stay in Thane
Do you have kids?
Do they go to school?
Yes they go to school
How many customers do you get in a day?
About 50 customers
While working what problems do you face?
Have a lot of health issues
What do you do during monsoon?
Cover the shop with plastic sheets
Is there something you’d like to change about your job?
No I’m happy with my job
What about the tools? What problems do you have while using them?are they easy to use?
When I shave the coconut I tend to cut my hand from time to time
What are your plans for the future?
I want to keep selling coconuts and lead a happy and simple life
THANK YOU BHAIYA
My sketches are attached below:
For week 2 we had to analyse the problems that the street vendor had . We chose the cobbler this time because he had more problems. . We revisited the cobbler and did a more detailed research of his problems and sketched out his problems .
I found various problems like – no place to keep umbrellas handles , glue sticking to hand , too many mosquitos , holes in cupboard due to rain , no proper equipment to keep the shoe and so on . two of my sketches are attached below :
Once we brought the sketches to class , each of us presented it individually and we got both positive and negative feedback which really helped us.
These two weeks helped me understand the importance of research and though somethings may seem simple when you dig deeper there is so many minute details you’re missing out . The first time we went to the street vendor we did’nt find that many problems but when we revisited his shop we found so many minute problems that go easily unnoticed . This is what I took back from the assignment .
We moved on to the next class for the day , Integrative Studio . We started off by getting to know Pooja ma’am and eventually introduced ourselves , I was taken by surprise , no one had chosen interior design . Things got super interesting , we were told to go around the ISDI campus and interview manual workers and in the process understand a day in their lives. The main aim of the project was to teach us that design starts with research . Behind every good design there is a lot of research. Research answers questions like , who am I targeting ? will it be cost effective ? will people buy it ? is it durable ? and it goes on and on . When I started interviewing people , most of them were scared ( did not know if it was because of my broken Hindi or because I was a complete stranger , hope is was the stranger part).
It was a very new experience , after trial and error I learnt that in order to interview people you need be really careful with the order of your questions (the personal questions would come later on). I had interviewed two people , a janitor and a security guard . After an hour I presented my opinions and ideas in front of the class and how I as a designer could help make their lives a little better. After listening to others opinions and criticism I realised that constructive criticism also plays a major role in obtaining a good design . To sum it all up , the experience as a whole helped me understand how vital research and criticism is for design.