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 for theseparticular appliances. Design Specifications can be seen from the item’s purchasebooklet/pamphlet or sourced from the manufacturers website. Use a report format that highlightsyour information in each specification sub-heading. Include references to each article, statistic ordata you source.Make sure you explain how or why you are testing the specification (your methodology) withdesign reasoning and justification.Testing them (Could involve taking them apart) and observing the product is a crucial evaluativetask and will allow you to identify design features that are good, bad or ugly……Consider alsoThe Target Market of these utensils. Should they be redesigned with a consideration for otheruser groups? Older people, younger people, disabled or other societal 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 possibleHow 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 the utensilyou have chosen. You will specify at least 5 criteria that you are evaluating. Justify these.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 for theitems 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. Make sureyou explain each result and what it was you were testing. What you were hoping to find out.Ensure that you conclude with what you have found out. What works what doesn’t What wasuseful 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.Aspect 3 Recommendations
Using 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, drawings and clear design terminology (words) Theseare your recommendations for improvements. Try to keep your improvements realistic or atleast achievable.A summary of the evaluation that compares the weaknesses in the first design and theadvantages/improvements of your designs. Any potential family of products or re-designopportunities need to be clear.To achieve a 2 you need to make realistic recommendations for the improvement of theutensilSee these Websites and Resources below to help you get started…http://www.designcouncil.info/betterbydesign/life/issues.htmlhttp://www.designcouncil.info/betterbydesign/life/challenge.htmlhttp://www.choice.com.au/ Consumer Association Reports(Hardcopies also available in class)