Porthole Booth Prototype Design


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Porthole Booth Prototype Design

  1. 1. | 500 Startups | Porthole Booth Prototype Project Carey Lee & Shuqiao Song November 5th, 2010 Total Project Time Investment: 72 work hours
  2. 2. design challenge • build a prototype porthole booth structure as inspired by the Huntsman group sketch below.
  3. 3. d.process • empathy • define • ideate • prototype • test • iterate • rinse & repeat…
  4. 4. empathy • who is this space for? • what are the needs the space should fulfill? • why? what are the values? – “geeks in tune with nature” • brainstorm on next slide…
  5. 5. empathy, cont’d… • in talking with some of the startup teams, some specific learnings: – use/preserve the window view – awkward for makers to work face to face on separate laptops – design for side by side dual programming • 3 ppl, 1 screen? – whiteboards=love; need to be heavy duty though – custom booth as each team’s camp? nice to “pick up where you left off” have own space of “organized chaos”
  6. 6. empathy, cont’d… • some thoughts/concerns: – in addition to structure, seating/furnishing arrangement possibilities? – privacy? – soundproof? – customizable? – how permanent? how modular?
  7. 7. define {points of view} • (general) makers & managers need a space to: – break out to work in private – chill out, eat, take a break – have a chat with their mentor – brainstorm with their team
  8. 8. define {points of view} • (specific) via Enrique: – Makers • 500S makers are talented bootstrapped developers and designers who prefer bursts of uninterrupted work in units of half a day but need to make meeting exceptions when they wear a business hat and take mini meetings to continuously develop their product and triage bugs. They're under constant pressure to push code out as fast possible without enough design resources and time to experimentally validate their assumptions.
  9. 9. define {points of view} • (specific) via Enrique: – Managers • 500S managers are fluid persuasive marketers who work one hour intervals (or less) and constantly switch from hustling for additional funding and talent to taking speculative meetings, and frequent business development phone calls. They struggle synthesizing and prioritizing customer insights into product development at the right time and often lack a clear design process for working with makers.
  10. 10. ideate • split up ideation on two broad topics: enclosure & furniture • for enclosure design -picked top three needs and tried to merge them together -brainstormed crazy themes/ideas -simplified idea down because building was hard -sketches, built some really rough paper, cage, lumber shelter • for furniture: -sketched a lot of different furniture arrangements for different points of view/purpose -central with peripheral chairs (preserving aesthetics, preserving space, brainstorm session interaction)
  11. 11. brainstorm of furniture arrangements; blue = window. green = walls.
  12. 12. window side wall measurements
  13. 13. another version of the porthole booth sketches. tried preserving curved corners with a shell without having to build the booth seating (can stock with custom furniture)
  14. 14. theme room: designed for relaxation incorporating more natural materials and plants in line with “geeks in tune with nature” value
  15. 15. some wild theme ideas  • nap room (tent or teepee filled with bean bags ) • “hipster fireplace” setting for casual mentor chats • bring the outside indoors (garden patio setting with porch swing?!) • picnic tables for lunch
  16. 16. prototype • major iterations + notes in photos to follow
  17. 17. started by just marking out and deciding how much space we wanted to use. tried preserving column wall space.
  18. 18. rapid prototype furniture arrangements + whiteboard rack
  19. 19. prototype testing different materials for modular “walls”.
  20. 20. prototype testing last sketch with paper. difficult to build curved frame in office space.
  21. 21. frame built with bamboo curtain as wall. prototype testing flooring for area.
  22. 22. final prototype: bamboo semi transparent walls that can be rolled up. wood flooring from IKEA. table for 4. movable white board hanging from frame.
  23. 23. test & feedback • know building restrictions ahead of time – highest we can build to is 18” below lowest sprinkler – need to use building materials that meet fire code regulations (regular 2x4s are NOT okay…) • feedback from guys were they think that noise/false sense of privacy is a big concern (depending on the location/nature of work) • unclear what the space was going to be for (trying to address too many POVs with one design) • stationary white boards is okay (attach whiteboards behind the bamboo curtains) • chairs should be bigger; more comfortable • preserve view as much as possible • if working long periods of time, awkward to sit face to face • whiteboards need to feel stable when written on; heavy duty feel • having a fully solid wall feel boxy when walking down the hall • optimal dimensions of floorspace = ??? • whiteboards do not need to extend to floor (only write on boards above waist anyway) • 2x4's not necessary, 2x2's are good enough • do bracing and reinforcements in 3
  24. 24. rinse & repeat… • recommendations & next steps… – larger work surface – defining functional use of space will greatly drive design – idea for sound insulation: use foam between two sheets of showerboard – try building with pvc/steel pipes (design for disassembly)
  25. 25. thanks! 