THE COVEAcoustic Shroud SystemApril 2011, Sponsored by TeknionThe central-idea behind The Cove is to create a personal space in the open plan office. It defines a room within a room only for oneperson. The acoustic panels provide a peaceful oasis for phone conversations and relaxation. The system also functions as a visualscreen to minimize interruption from the surrounding environments. It accomodates most sizes of lounge chairs up to 36 inches width.The Cove is designed to ease the office workers stress from the busy office environment.
THE COVEResearch Teddy,project manager How will office furniture motivate workers to be more Office workers are highly encouraged toshare and discuss their ideas productive throughout the day?because collaboration is the mostimportant work trend in todays workplaces. just 10 minutes... The noise level and distraction due to en-couraging informal encounters are becomingserious issues in the open plan office. It maycreate fatigue and mental exhaustion espe-cially for the static workers who spend atleast 8 hours in the office. The research from interviews and a site visitfound that most office workers wished if they Thomas, Creative Directorcould take a rest from all the noise andstress at times during the day in an isolatedzone. Hallway, Wesley Clover, Ottawa Hallway, Wesley Clover, Ottawa Efficient relaxation will motivate officeworkers to be more productive and healthier The couches were placed in a quiet hallway for employee’s relaxation. just 10 minutes... However, many people were reluctant to take their break in the areathroughout the day. Ultimately, it may help an office to be a because they felt uncomfortable to see other people walking by espe-pleasant and healthy workspace where people cially when they wanted to stay alone for a short break.want to come back to work.User Scenario Interviews and user observations were per- Cynthia,Junior Designerformed in Wesley Clover in Ottawa, Canada.It was a good opportunity to see the realoffice environment and to confirm that thedesign opportunity of creating a personal just 10 minutes...space in the public area was demanding in thecurrent office environment. Teddy,project manager Cynthia,Junior Designer 1 2 3 Thomas, Creative Director It becomes a trend that office furniture is designed not only to encourage collaborations but also to provide individual space in ah.......... the office. Most of existing products are designed with the seating that are attached to the dividers. 1. Vitra, Alcove Highback Sofa 2. Bene, Koja High a typical busy open concept office 3. Buzzispace, Buzzibooth
THE COVEUser TestingUser Testing 1. User Testing 2.Will this product be in demand for the next generation? What will be the ideal size and translucency of the shroud?The goal of the first user testing was to find out the need of the prod- The test objective was to figure out the ideal size of the shroud that coulduct. The previous research on published material, interviews and an create atmosphere for effective relaxation in an isolated zone and to find outoffice visit proved that people in the office wanted to have an isolated how the user would perceive the level of transmitted light through the canopy.zone to take a break from all the noise and distraction at times during e 500, 600, 700 mmthe day. The initial idea of creating a personal space in the public a darea was tested by 10 industrial design students. The testing model was b bprepared to create a small room about 24inches by 24 inches space in theschool corridor. The subjective feedbacks of the users were the most 400 avaluable findings during the user testing. 600 c Dimensions of the shroud to be tested To test how the user percieves the diﬀerent depth of the canopy Findings Steps of User Tesing 2 to ﬁnd out the ideal size of the shroud 1. 7 out of 10 users preferred Findings to have the canopy because it Overall, people felt comfort- helped to stop eye contacts able when the side panels with the people passing by. were closer to their body and the canopy stayed high over 2. 8 out of 10 users preferred their head. It must be care- to have the canopy because it ful to create a comfort zone cut out the fluorescent light. without creating a feeling of trapped inside of the panels. 3. 8 out 10 users were able to Interestingly, almost every concentrate on their work such user had specific preferences as reading inside the booth with the angle of the canopy. while the outside was crowded. It was a useful finding to consider the next user Wooden armature The user is participating to test the level of for the testing pieces the transmitted light through the canopy. testing to have an adjustable canopy.
THE COVEUser TestingUser Testing 3.How the user will interact with the shroud system in the public area?The central objective of the third user testing was to find out perception and emotionof the product. The testing model was designed based on the dimension from the previoususer testing. The view from the inside of C testing material a. Without a canopy material b. The most sheer one The view from the inside of D testing material 6 5 Number of 4 Responses 3 2 1 0 a b c d Type of the canopy c. Semi translucent, loose & rich texture, sage colour d. The most translucent one e most favorite choiceThe User Testing was perfromed at the Pagebreak in the Carleton University Library. 4 different types of canopy materials were used to test how the texture and the level of translusency of the canopy would affect the emotions of the users. The interesting finding was that the canopy material with aes- thetic texture and colour was preferred the most. Most of users answered that they enjoyed looking at an object with beautiful pattern than a plain design. Findings This last user testing was helpful to observe how the users inter- acted with the shroud system. The backgrounds of the users were office workers, students who were studying business and some engineers. It was intended to have users who were not related to design field to observe spontaneous reactions. The observation turned out to be the most useful resource to make decisions on the Snapshots from observation during the open review of S.I.D at Carleton University design features such as having bulletin boards, head rest and Reading Conversation cushions inside of the panels.
THE COVEIdeation and Form Development The most challenging part was tocreate welcoming environment for theusers as well as to be functional. In addition, designing the product tobe part of a beautiful interior designelement was considered consistently inthe process of form development. The following images show thedevelopment of ideas from the earlyphase using sketches and models.
THE COVEFinal Design Aesthetic translucent canopy: The height of the canopy is adjustable in re- sponse to preference. When it is fully closed, the semi translucent canopy shield screens the view of the surroundings and softly diffuses the florescent lighting. Bulletin board inside of the acoustic panels: While enjoying ones own time, a person can still check out company news postings and post a message for colleagues. String Curtain : Cushioning inside of the acoustic panels: It filters the surroundings without The cushion on the side panels and the headreast on the back panel provide a comfortable zone to detracting from the elegant structure. lean on for resting.
THE COVEProduct In Use The Cove The Cove is designed to accomodate most sizes of office lounge chairs. The ideal context would be casual spaces such as the cafeteria and lounge area. It may be placed as multiples or on its own. The Cove will be a beautiful interior design element in the office environment.The Cove provides a quiet zone for activities such as phone conversation, reading a book orconversation with a colleague in the office.
STUDIES ON LIGHT AND TEXTUREEXPERIMENTAL ENVIRONMENTSDecember 2010, In Collaboration with Eugene PitykWith the University Centre Galleria at Carleton University as the site of study, the project was to study how light and texture couldcreate different atmosphere without an alteration of the existing interior structure.
STUDIES ON LIGHT AND TEXTUREEXPERIMENTAL ENVIRONMENTSExperiments of light and texture Red Yellow Orange White Green Blue 10:30 am 11:30 am 1:30 pm 2:30 pm 3:30 pm 4:30 pm 5:30 pm Cardboard Red ConcretePurple Wood Cork Blue AcrylicOrange Creased translucent paper Left: The experiement was to determine how differnet lightings influenced theYellow coloured background and what kind of atmosphere was going to be created from the mixture of the lighting and background. Right: The purpose of this experiment was to study the reaction of White natural light to different materials and textures. The conclusion was that rough texture retained colour better than smooth surfaces which reflected light. 12:30 pm 1:00 pm 3:30 pm 4:30 pm 5:30 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm Rough/Glossy Left: The experiment was focused on tex- ture and gloss of the material. The conclusion was that glossy materials, especially with rough surfaces responded more dramatically to natural light than matte surfaces. Smooth/ Matte
SMART DElectric toothbrush to aid peoplewith spinal cord injuryDecember 2009 Smart-D was designed to enhance self-esteem and assist independent livingstyle for the people with spinal cord injury. The project was a comprehen-sive industrial design project that started with intensive research andended with a final design proposal. An existing product was redesigned tomeet specific needs of people with spinal cord injury in the level of C-5and 6 tetraplegia. The designed components were the toothpaste dispenser, the electrictoothbrush and the charger. Each component was carefully designed to meetthe user’s specific needs. The form of the electric tooth brush wasachieved successfully to be hold easily without an assistvie holder. Inaddition, the final design was able to propose the lightest weight (only100g) by using 13g of micro motor. The design of the charger was consid-ered deliberately for the both users who used an assistive holder andnon-users. Touch Sensor This groove helps to prevent a handOvermold touching the touch sensor accidentaly. Charge Indicator
SMART DResearch, Ergonomic Testing and Preliminary Design 13 g of micro motor found in the Collgate Braun Professional Care 8900 DLX Oxyget Center, 360 degree electricImage Source: www.spinalistips.se Rechargeable toothbrush Image Source: www.spinalistips.se The initial prototype on the user testing Considering weight, appearance, form were the major challenges toImage Source: www.spinalistips.se Dental Sigma 360 developed by Japan’s Vivatec for people with disability Colgate 360 degree electric toothbrush, Battery operated solve. Mechanisms of existing products were studied toMost people with spinal cord injury understand the operation of an electric tooth-try hard to be independent in their brush. Understanding of the parts was necessary to reach the right solution..daily care as much as they can. More than 41,000 Canadians live with spinal cordinjury and 1,200 new injuries occur each year.Tetraplegia refers to the cervical (neck) injuriesin four limb paralysis. Injuries below C-5 tet-raplegia can perform daily care such as oral,facial hygiene and dressing themselves with the useof assistive device and a little help from an as-sistant. C-5 tetraplegia patients have no controlat the wrist of hand. C-6 tetraplegia patients havea little bit of wrist control but no hand func- Testing the initial prototype with the designed assistive holdertions. Depending on personal preference, a holder is used Great opportunity was given to meet the actualto grab a toothbrush. Most of people uses electric users through Angela Clair who was a bilingualtoothbrushes however they still need an assistant regional services coordinator at Ottawa Canadianto turn the power, squeeze toothpaste onto the Preliminary selected concept paraplegic association.brush and place a holder to their hands.
SMART DForm DevelopmentThe goal was to design the form that have the generic appearance as other electric toothbrushes and to be holdfirmly by the user without an assistive holder as much as possible. The body was designed to be thicker than the regularelectric toothbrushes. The cylindrical form had ﬂatsurfaces in four sides to be hold ﬁrmly without anassistive holder as much as possible. In addition, ithelped to indicate the product orientation when ithappened to roll on the ﬂat surface accidently. The detail of the indent was considered carefully toprevent touching the power accidently and also to beused with an assistive holder if needed. .
SMART DUse Cycle,Technical Drawing and Suggestive Furthur Development CNC Polyurethane Foam An assistive holder can be developed further to integrate with the design of the electric toothbrush. The preliminary prototype suggests having a small window in the front because the user may require rotating the orientation of the toothbrush by sliding the surface to the side through the window. DRAWING NUMBER : CU.101 A SHEET 1 OF 1 11" x 17" DIMENSIONS mm UNTOLERANCED DIMENSIONS SCALE 1:1 DO NOT SCALE Revisions Initials 2 Issue Date 8. SPRING 7. CASING FOR MOTOR 3 6. ELECTRIC CONNECTOR 5. COILS 4. RECHARGEABLE BATTERY 3. MOTOR CASING 1 2. SHAFT 1. MICRO MOTOR 7 6 Description Number Quantity Details 8 SCHOOL OF INDUSTRIAL DESIGN CARLETON UNIVERSITY COLONELBY DRIVE OTTAWA CANADA K1S 5B6 DRAWN: C.KONG DATE: DEC09.09 4 CHECKED:K.MORGAN DATE:DEC09.09 CLIENT : BRIAN BURNS PROJECT: TOOLS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY DRAWING NUMBER: CU101 5 SECTION A - A A suggestive way of holding the electric toothbrush A DRAWING: ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH
CHICKADEE HOUSEModern Bird HouseMarch 2010 The Chickadee House isdesigned exclusively for theblack-capped chickadees.They are the one of the mostpopular North Americanbirds. Their name followstheir typical call, chkak-a-dee-dee. They frequentlyshow up back yard feedersand stay in one area throughthe year. Ideal bird house forchickadees would be toprotect them from rain, windand predators as well ascreate an appropriate spacefor their nesting. The man-made bird house should en-courage their natural habitof roosting. The birds liketo dig out their cavities insuch as rotten wood. Accord-ing to Kluyver (1961), theywill virtually always digout a natural cavity ratherthan take an empty hole suchas a nest box – unless thebox has been partly filledwith sawdust. Based on the research, theChickadee House was built tocreate natural environmentas much as possible forblack-capped chickadees. Thebirdhouse had 1-1/8” diam-eter hole to entice thechickadees. The hole wassmall enough for predatorsto enter. The oil-finishednatural pine wood was abeautiful addition to anyarea. Stainless steel screwsand glass roof werecarefully selected to createmodern architecture.
CHICKADEE HOUSEUse Cycle, Technical Drawing and Preliminary design sketches The Chickadee house was designed for easy access of cleaning and monitoring breeding. Moon was used as a metaphor for the appearnce of the birdhouse. It was used to convey a meaning of providing a peaceful place for chickadee family. The repetitive use of horizontal lines helped to emphasize a feeling of calm and the round edges of the transparent eaves were designed to resemble the softness of the moonlight.
THE SURFACESolidWorks Computre ApplicationDecember 2010, In collaboration with Khulood Alawadi The project was to simulate the workflow of creating a plastic part for amass produced product. We participated in creating sketches, measurements,digital geometry, rapid prototyping and reverse modelling. It was to reversedesign the top surface part of a computer mouse and it was 3D printed on theDimension machine. Emphasis was made on surfacing and enclosure details.
HI SOAPHIEMass Production Technology For Industrial DesignOctober 2008Jigs, Fixtures and Fabricating The objective was to understand fabricating by manufacturing a simple product whichcould be used in the daily life. Matched wooden tool with a curvature was designedto form a simple product like a soap dish in low volumes. Edge trimming was the in-tegral part since excess material must be cut from the formed part. Bandsaw was usedto produce a quick rough cut and edge finishing techniques such as scraping, fillingand sanding was treated after. Hi Soaphie has a simple and elegant curvilinear form. The line flows beautifullyfrom one angle to the other. Medium: Blue Hard Pencil
GREEENSHELVECardboard Book StorageDECEMBER 2007 The most challenging part of the project was to design the cardboard furniture without using any adhesives out of one sheet of 100 inches by 60 inches cardboard. The actual model has been used carrying over 90 pounds books for the last four years. The form was inspired from the theme of Bauhous. It influenced me to study how the basic geometric forms could create interesting composition.
RED BLOOMSAcrylic PaintingJuly 2010 Red Bloom was painted to add vibrancy in the living room space. Studies on texture and colour
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