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Thesis Midterm030910


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Thesis Midterm030910

  1. 1. Bringing Joy Back to Thesis<br />Midterm Preview<br />Katherine Lee<br />March 9, 2009<br />
  2. 2. Latest Physical Prototype<br />Issues:<br />Not logical<br />Triangles are an overwhelming aesthetic constraint<br />Not joyful<br />
  3. 3. Dunkin Donuts Make Your Own Donut<br />
  4. 4. Marvel Create Your Own Super Hero<br />
  5. 5. Spore Creature Creator<br />
  6. 6. Latest User Interface Prototype<br />
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  8. 8. User Testing<br />Detailing is too pronounced<br />The form is not very wearable and might be considered as more for artistic value rather than for consumption<br />User customization tools need to be used to create products that you care about and that reflect something about yourself<br />There is a serious need for customizable tools for clothing<br />
  9. 9. What I Learned<br />Suspension of reality/disbelief is only appropriate for products that are not for everyday, public consumption<br />There must be joy in the customization process<br />If the product doesn’t align with their perceived public image, they won’t buy it<br />
  10. 10. concept<br />An effective customization tool must empower the user to make something they personally connect with, or in some way incorporates the user’s feelings or persona, in order for the user to have a sense of ownership over their creation.<br />
  11. 11. What I Propose to Make<br />A customization tool that allows the user to design and order a plush creature or pillow in any likeness starting with…<br />A selection of base body forms<br />Eyes, ears, and mouths<br />Legs, arms, horns, other appendages, etc.<br />Skin from custom uploads (custom digital printing) or an existing selection or pre-chosen prints<br />
  12. 12. Make My Own Monster<br />
  13. 13. Why?<br />There is currently nothing like this, where you can digitally design your own plush object and have it created <br />Closest things include Build-a-Bear workshop (shudder) and super-expensive monster kit<br />People feel an affinity for plush objects and pillows <br />they’re comfortable and can assume many identities<br />they can have a personal value separate from your public persona<br />
  14. 14. For Symposium<br />Demo of customization tool<br />3+ examples of objects created with tool<br />Vision<br />
  15. 15. Schedule<br />Week of:<br />March 7 – UX / base forms locked<br />March 21 – put all forms in Flash<br />March 28 – program selection tool<br />April 4 – selection tool, visualization tool<br />April 11 – make demo products<br />April 18 – more demo products + QA for site<br />April 26 – QA for site<br />
  16. 16. Life After Symposium<br />Functioning customization tool<br />Post user creations<br />Order your own creation<br />Make most popular creations available<br />
  17. 17. Thanks!<br />