Hello everyone, this is team Nonbiri Design thinking project based on a graduation trip for university graduate students. First we want to take you through a story
SoI want you to imagine that you have just finished your exams and just waiting for your graduation ceremony
You want to get away with your friends
Have some fun doing crazy adventures maybe go surfing, hiking up a volcano
Eat amazing food
But you are stuck trying to decided what to do and when to do it and if your whole group is happy. This is a very common story we found during our user interviews.
This is where our group comes in. From the user interviews and much decision making processes we finally came up with this POV “Natsuki and her friends have arrived in Bali with no detailed plan Needs to way to get everyone involved each day in the day by day planning Because, they are wasting more time trying to communicate their ideas than actually being able to do any activities But Actually, they lack confidence in their ideas as they consider too much in their mind what other would think rather than attempting to actually communicating their ideas effectively”
We found that the main issue is on the day planning which often takes hours in the morning and much of the day is wasted
So we came up with HMW questions ranging from how can we remove lengthy decision making, create a tangible solution
The project we eventually came up is this: Nonbiri It is a portable tangible device which serves many purposes - It allows groups to make decisions with colour blocks so they can suggest schedule of the day or what they would want to do But it also serves as a document holder so any bookings and tickets can be placed inside making it the centre piece of their trip. We wanted to try to remove much of the digital from the groups interaction so removing those distractions
And this is our prototype, that we hand crafted from supplies from the hyaku en store. You will notice we have included a pocket, to enable the group to carry the important documents, used vector tabs for the voting / planning mechanism
This is an images of how the group may use the product
What do we propose the value of the product might be? it will help to save time and effort in decision making Help to reduce conflict Its portable and can be carried anywhere from the beach to hiking to dinner It is a memento so can be used to store all important thinks from the trip like photos, tickets
So one question all of you might ask is how did we get to this idea?
One of the most important steps for the group was the start, this is where we all first meet each other and got to know each other, which is very important for good team dynamics
We broke down our design problem we selected being a graduation trip and collected all our thoughts on what is a graduation trip, who is a target user, and understand what we want to find out from our interview
We then went in to user interviews where we initially did 18 interviews as a group looking into to finding out what some students have previously experienced and pin point what issues they have had on their trip and also surprises. We spoke with people that travelled all around the world from new zealand India, Europe
Then it was important the understand more deeply so after the course of many weeks we generated tons of POV
Followed by 100s of HMWs with posits notes everywhere
When it came to the point of idea generation - our group had many different ideas and concepts from digital solutions to collate all data from the trip to make memories to games to play whilst drinking to get to know each other at an even deeper level
But we did stop there, we formulated idea development for some concepts. We started off looking at drinking games to let people share there emotions more deeply to games to help plan their trip to eventually our current solution to let the group of students plan there days day by day
For all our developing ideas we made storyboards to more deeply understand how the idea could be used in a situation and how people would interact with it
For some of the ideas we prototyped out of materials we could find in the design factory from cardboard, posit notes, scrap material and paper. This really helped the group to more deeply visualise how products could work
Once we refined our current concept, we decided to buy materials from hyaku en store to make the concept more realistic and from similar materials to what could actually be used
After the last 8 weeks, our group had many insights and selections based on the project which you can read some of them here such as
As a group we also reflected on the project overall so we could understand the purpose of the project
But, as you know, in any project there is always the potential for further development. A few ideas we have had how we could link the device to peoples devices so this could be through nonbiri containing a gps chip so group can locate each other, we could also look at different ways the group could use the surface of the bag for voting
Ultimately our goal is to make you and your friends have memories to share for life and hold deeply their friendships for each other
2018 tokyo tech design thinking fundamentals Nonbiri
"2018 Tokyo Tech Design Thinking
Graduation trip for University students
Billie Akwa Moore 18M15385
Weijie Zong, 17M58262
Yu Jichuan (Gary), 17M58256
Pham Viet Anh (Anthony), 17M58724
Ning He (Banner), 17M18073
Jirapat Jongluxwamee (EX) 17M18370
Graduation Trip Plan
Natsuki and her friends have arrived in Bali with no detailed plan
Needs to way to get everyone involved each day in the day by day planning
Because, they are wasting more time trying to communicate their ideas than actually
being able to do any activities
But Actually, they lack confidence in their ideas as they consider too much in their mind what other
would think rather than attempting to actually communicating their ideas effectively
The prototype is piece of fabric with
colourful stripes. Through this tool,
multiple users could visualise their
thoughts of planning
simultaneously and intuitively by
simply “pasting” the strips that
represents different activities and
time slots. This tool is also working
as a fashion accessory that can be
Store memories of
Foldable on half
Velcro voting tabs
Record of daily plans
codes stored inside
You are gaThering for breakfast in the hostel kitchen space and sitting at a table. You have
been in Bali for 2 days so far and still have 4 more days to go
You are having trouble planning your trip as you all dont know what each other wants to do and
you are unsure how to communicate.
(All are sitting around eating and opn their phones, laughing at there screens, and not really
communicating with each other. All very distant from conversation)
Weijie: Hey guys, what are we going to do today?
Gary: hey did you just see what sensei posted on insta, he looks like he is having a great time
Anthony : what? I need to check this out
Weijie: so what we going to do?
Gary: you soooo should
Banner: I don’t know
Anthony: ohhhhh its 11am, whats the plan?
Weijie: we need to make one, what do you want to do?
Banner: I have no idea. Ohh gary did you just see that cat video?(Looking at phone)
Weijie: ANTHONY what about you?
Anthony: why you asking me you should ask everyone
Weijie thats what i AM TRYING TO DO. WHAT ARE WE DOING? WE HAVE WASTED ALL
MORNING JUST SITTING HERE.
(Banner brings with him on the trip a small foldaway product to help them plan as he knows that
they are always terrible at deciding what to do and easily get distracted)
Banner: hey, i know how terrible we always are at making decisions remember the last trip we
took. I put nonbiri on the table just add your tags
Weijie: ohhh this seems like a great idea, i just need to quickly think
Anthony: so what do we do?
Banner: simple! just add colour blocks in a line to work out our schedule. You can edit what the
colours mean by writing them down in the attached pad
Anthony: すごいですね。thats so simple
Banner: so we just have a chat after to see if everyone has a similar page in their mind.
Weijie: looks like we are all done lets see what we have all said. AHHH looks like we all want to
go for a surf lesson, someone has suggested lunch and also drinks in the evening.
Gary: yeah, i know a great surf school, remember that one i told you about before we came.
Anthony: ohh yeah, and theres a great lunch cafe on the beach there
and effort to
It is a
after the trip
from the trip
to reflect on
in the future
“It has been interesting to work with
this team and see how different people
can come together to create ideas”
“I really enjoy working with this team
which each member come from different
major, It can broaden our idea!”
“The process of designing according to the
deep needs of users is really amazing. I will
cherish this experience of working with
“It was a great experience working with
people from different culture and
academic backgrounds. And I learned a
lot about design from user’s
“It is always exciting to work with different people to
consider user’s need and solutions. Though it was
not smooth when we consider about the POVs, it
was a really precious experience for me to learn how
to observe users as well as understand them deeply”
I have learned the process of how to design new product starting
from the scratch to the prototype. It will be useful for me to take
this logic thinking and apply it to my own research.
The most difficulty is trying to make the POV. I wish I could have
as a detail step by step tutorial. The team spirit is on fire.
Everybody takes the duty and complete it very well and beyond
PS: Please equip the glue gun, which is such a great tool for
The group feel it difficult
concentrate and can’t have
The low efficiency of communication
caused the waste of time for students
during travelling, therefore, difficult to
leave good memory.
The low quality of communication may
affect the friendship of the group.
Groups of students
that just graduated and
about to have
The students were facing
many other issues like final
exams and graduation issues
at this time, they are lacking of
time considering planning.
It is easy to carry
and take with
It’s a very familiar problem
to all the group members
and from our research
showed that people find it
hard to make decisions or
what to plan on the go.
With the solution of our device, it is
very easy to involve people together
and visualise their thoughts
simultaneously. We used very simple
way to make the process of deciding
more tangible and quick.
By introducing a fashion accessory
that allows everyone visualise their
thoughts and decide quickly. It can
also be used to store memories of
the trip from photos to tickets for
group to reflect on in future meetups
● Automatically generate statistic data.
● Link with google calendar, and synchronize with each member’s schedule.
● Adopting other methods to make group decisions by means of gamify, vote, or random.
● Implementing GPS chip, it will act as a beacon to gather everybody in some events.
● Analyzing user behavior to improve the design (shape, size, functions, and so on).