COFFEE BEAN: Full-Scale Prototype

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COFFEE BEAN: Full-Scale Prototype

  1. 1. Coffee Bean full-scale user experience prototypeDouglas Radecki & Claudia Ruge © 2012 p. 1
  2. 2. Design CriteriaCoffee time on the 4th floor should be...a social activity, since coffee traditionallyhas been. Using an organic shape, wewanted to increase the circulation of thepeople in the area.We wanted to make the coffee experienceat ID more enjoyable by taking thecoffee station (and the users) out of thewalls. This allows the users to interactsimultaneously with preparing andmaking the coffee along with interactingwith fellow users and the environment. Douglas Radecki & Claudia Ruge © 2012 p. 2
  3. 3. Brain StormingEnvironment EvaluationWe wanted to turn the 4th floor lounge into a more socialspace. Observing that most people used the 4th floor loungeto make themselves a cup of coffee, we choose to utilize thecoffee station to help drive social interactions.By looking at the space, we recognized the need to pull thecoffee station out from the wall. Taking the coffee machines“out of the wall”, the coffee station would become thefocal point of the space.This would help draw more people into the 4th flour loungeto make themselves a cup of coffee. Douglas Radecki & Claudia Ruge © 2012 p. 3
  4. 4. Brain StormingSketchingAlong with utilizing the coffee station, we brainstormedaround the idea of transforming the coffee machine froman appliance that needs to be up against the wall, intofurniture that could be placed in the center of the room.With this design principle, along with the user criteriathat the coffee station facilitate more social interactions,we were drawn to the natural shape of the bean.We recognized that this shape would utilize theroundness of the room as it created a flow for people.This shape meant that two individuals could make coffeesimultaneously, as well as a third person start to preparetheir coffee with cream and sugar. Douglas Radecki & Claudia Ruge © 2012 p. 4
  5. 5. Brain StormingMaking sense of the spaceOnce done sketching, a franken-esque prototype wascreated with blue tape and paper. Getting on our handsand knees we started testing our hypothesis within hours ofstarting the project.By utilizing this quick prototyping method we were ableto pivot and tweak our concept as we did quick tests to seehow our prototype interacted with users and the space. Douglas Radecki & Claudia Ruge © 2012 p. 5
  6. 6. Building Our Prototype It needs a trash can -RUSSEL Douglas Radecki & Claudia Ruge © 2012 p. 6
  7. 7. Building Our Prototype Douglas Radecki & Claudia Ruge © 2012 p. 7
  8. 8. Testing the User Experience One thing that might help is some sort of lip along the outer rim so they don’t fall off. -TOMOKO Douglas Radecki & Claudia Ruge © 2012 p. 8
  9. 9. ConclusionThe Coffee Bean prototype was We believe in the ability of utilizing After six months this prototype builtlaunched in October 2011 and the quick prototyping when faced with out of gator board and corrugatedfeedback we have received from a space or a service that needs to be cardboard is still in the lounge, helpingthe Institute of Design community envisioned. Through quick prototyping us to continue the dialogue. Beinghas been enforcing our hypothesis we were able to start observing, testing, a prototype we are still learning fromto change the space dynamics to and tweaking in a matter of hours. the interactions users have with thefacilitate more spontaneous social As we developed and iterated on one coffee station, the problems andinteractions through utilizing the problem, new needs would appear the adaptations the staff has made.coffee station as furniture rather then and being able to tweak allowed us the These road signs can start to point outas appliance. It feels more social. answer the problems that would arise opportunities that can help us iterateNow people don’t need to turn through the design process. on the next prototype.around because in the station theywere already in front of someone. Douglas Radecki & Claudia Ruge © 2012 p. 9
  10. 10. THANK YOU!Douglas Radecki Claudia Rugedouglas.radecki@gmail.com claudia@id.iit.edu@DouglasRadecki @magnetiksou Douglas Radecki & Claudia Ruge © 2012 p. 10

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