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Evaluating Kitchen Appliances through Design Specifications

Evaluating Kitchen Appliances through Design Specifications

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  • 1. Evaluation Internal AssessmentDesign ChallengeKitchen Appliances or Utensils can be useful practical and timesaving devices. Some however arebadly designed and impractical or even dangerous. Some devices are easy to identify and easy towork out how to use others not so.Task:Choose two appliances/utensils and evaluate their practicality, usefulness and overalldesign. Appliances can be electrical but don’t have to be.Eg Coffee Maker or a Can opener./ Chopping Board.etcSelect a focus for your investigation using a Design Brief and Design Specifications. Use a reportformat that highlights your information in each specific sub heading. Include references to eacharticle, statistic or data you source. Make sure you explain your methodology with reasoning andjustificationKitchen appliances or UtensilsTesting them or looking at a variety of them is a crucial evaluative task and will allow you toidentify design features that are good, bad or ugly……Consider alsoThe target Market of these utensils. Should they be redesigned with a consideration for other usergroups? Older people, younger people, disabled or other society groups that find using theseitems difficult.Could these items be redesigned with the potential to have other uses?Could these items be redesigned with the potential to be incorporated into another utensil?What about the disposal or recycling /reuse of the materials used in its construction?What ergonomic changes could be necessary?What aesthetic changes could be suggested?Examine them with a view to improving their design in some or as many ways as possible
  • 2. How will this be assessed? Using Assessment Criteria - Evaluation AspectsEach aspect will be awarded one of three levels:Complete You have met the criteria fully 2 marksPartial You have met some but not all of the criterion 1 markNot at all You haven’t met the criterion at all 0markAspect 1 ConclusionDevise a test or checks. Identify what sort of test or, checks are appropriate for theutensil you have chosen. You will specify at least 5 criteria that you are evaluating. Justifythese. Why and How?What equipment, method or other information is relevant? See Topic 7.1.1 in your workbooks.How will you gauge the success and failures of the utensil? Consider all positive and negativeaspects.Use a Design Brief and List Design Specifications you are evaluating. Use a grade system torecord your results eg, tables, graphs etc You may also consider researching standards forthe items you have chosen BSI, ISO etcCreate a short questionnaire 6-8 questions)and ask parents or brothers, sisters theirinterpretation of the utensil and record their comments or feedback for your evaluationAnalyse all your findingsTo achieve a 2 you need to provide clear evidence of a valid conclusion that addressesthe brief or research questionAspect 2 ProcedureShow detailed photographic evidence of the appliance./ utensil you are evaluating and thetarget market or user using the equipment.Test the product against a range of criteria specified by you in the previous aspect. Usephotographic evidence to support your justifications and comments.This aspect is basically the summary/conclusions of your findings from the testing. Makesure you explain each result and what it was you were testing. What you were hoping to findout. Ensure that you conclude with what you have found out. What works what doesn’t Whatwas useful and how this information can influence design in the futureTo achieve a 2 you need to include comprehensive evaluation of procedure at each stageof this investigation.
  • 3. Aspect 3 RecommendationsUsing your feedback and results explain how you could suggest modifications to theutensil/appliance to improve it. You may need to improve it in several areas or just one. Ifpossible annotate photographs or do sketches or models of these improvement suggestions.Explain all modifications with diagrams and clear design terminology (words) These are yourrecommendations for improvements. Try to keep your improvements realistic.A summary evaluation that compares the weaknesses in the first design and theadvantages/improvements of your designsTo achieve a 2 you need to make realistic recommendations for improvement of theutensilSee these websites below…http://www.designcouncil.info/betterbydesign/life/issues.htmlhttp://www.designcouncil.info/betterbydesign/life/challenge.html