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Time is Running Out! March 7, 2010

Posted by Shaili Chibba in : Exer3: User Scenario, Exercises , add a comment

The Problem
To create a prototype that examines the behaviour and capabilities of an individual when under the pressure of limited time, and outputs an adequate response to their actions.

The Object
The space consists of several objects strewn about in a rather disorganized fashion, representing the tasks or objectives that are on the mind / to-do list of an individual. Alongside of these objects is a meter-length ruler standing vertically, prompting the organization of the random objects. Finally, there is a hidden sound system of a human heartbeat, which ranges from steady to super fast as time begins to run out (stopping when it does), mimicking the pace of a real human heart when under intense pressure and lack of time.

User Scenario
The user approaches the table with the objects randomly placed around each other. They notice three books, an empty box, a paintbrush, a palette, a laundry detergent container, an unfinished canvas, a sketchbook, and several other items. A sign beside the ruler challenges them to organize the items on top of each other to the length of the ruler, to see if the are capable of organizing themselves within the limited time.

If the user is able to to achieve the objective and maintain a balance to the length of the ruler, the heartbeat will remain / return to a steady pace depending on how long it took them to achieve the end result in the time given. This return to normality stimulates a relief in the user, allowing them to attain a sense of accomplishment.

If the user continues failing to organize the items in a balanced manner as time is running out, the quickening pace of the heartbeat will stimulate them to go faster. As they continue to go faster, and do not maintain a steady pace, they will certainly feel the crunch of time and the pressure will result in them either simply giving up or losing themselves to frustration.

If the user is simply not able to organize all of the items in due time, even with a steady rush at the end, he/she will experience disappointment as the heartbeat stops and silence ensues.

We, as students, are under the pressure of time daily. This prototype shows how individuals are able to handle this pressure, and whether they are able to ensure their success, or fall to failure.

How does the sound of a quickening heartbeat stimulate the user? How do they react to their progress? What response is suddenly evoked from this interactive experience?

Downy ball…for laundry or……. February 27, 2010

Posted by Christina Mary Dery in : Check it out, Exer2: Feedback Object, Exercises , 1 comment so far

Have you ever looked at a downy ball and though hmm…what can this be used for other than laundry? probably not, but the downy ball has s much potential for other uses. I came up with various ways to use it in different ways. First my favorite idea was:

1) To create a mini aquarium for mini fish

of course it would have to be for tiny fish and holes would be poked into the top so they could breathe, but its a great way to showcase your fish by hanging it from just about anywhere.

mini aquarium

2) A baby rattle

The ball could be filled with anything to make rattle noises such as filling it with rice. The top would have to be much more secure so that the baby could not open it and eat the tiny pieces. The rattle noises combined with the rolling ball shape creates 2 toys in one for babies.

Baby rattle and ball

3) Kids drinking bottle/ snack container

The top part is changeable with a drinking attachment and a lid attachment. The drink is kept cold with the frozen ice pack in the centre attached  to the lid. The snack container has a screw on lid so that kids cant spill everything but has a small hole on top so that only small amounts come out at once.

Kids bottle

Snack Container

TOILET ART PAPER?! February 26, 2010

Posted by Magdalena Malik in : Check it out, Exer2: Feedback Object , add a comment

Hello everyone!

Have you ever wondered what lies deep beneath the usage of toilet tissue?

Perhaps it may surprise you…

After a long debate, I have chosen toilet tissue as my feedback object.  It is used every single day by millions of people for hygienic purposes. But what most people seem to forget is that this product also has it’s creative side.

Toilet paper can do much more than just maintain good personal hygiene, it can be used in three other artsy ways such as the following…

1)      FASHION

The soft papers of chipped wood and recycled cardboard cylinders may be used as a strong fabric sewn together to create clothes.


They can also be used to create uniquely shaped artwork that inspires the use of natural products.


The cardboard can be used as a cup that holds all pencils and pens together.

Toilet paper can be used for numerous things 😉

-Maggie M

Is that a… suitcase?! February 26, 2010

Posted by Shaili Chibba in : Exer2: Feedback Object, Exercises , add a comment

Suitcases Our parents used them, their parents used them… but are you going to?! They’re old, rusty, cracked, and probably breaking down! They’re no longer performing their intended use, and even if they are, would you want to use them? Return to these suitcases a purpose! A purpose that will make them worthy again. While you’re at it, why not make it fun?

These suitcases can be so much more than just.. suitcases. They don’t just have to hold / carry / store clothes and other objects. Old suitcases have a great design and form, so why let them go to waste? Take advantage of their vintage beauty!

Purpose #1 – Bench!

BenchWant a funky and original seat in your room? Stuff a suitcase with old clothes, or books (or anything you don’t want easy access to), then either wrap it in a fabric or paint it a colour of your choice! For a finishing touch, adding a cushion to the top won’t hurt especially if you want comfy seating.

If you’d like to further the purpose of this suitcase/bench, you can always make it so that the access to the items that the suitcase is stuffed with are easily accessible, therefore providing you with extra storage space.

Purpose #2 – Bookcase!

Bookcase!Get more creative and take that suitcase apart! Once you’re done, clean it up as must as possible and apply an fabrics or paint of choice. Make it personal! Then the two sides of the suitcase can be piled on top of each other and be made into a bookcase!

If you have more than one suitcase, you can also think of pairing the tops and bottoms together separately for a more uniform effect!

Purpose #3 – Table Top!

Tabletop!Using a suitcase this way is so vintage and chic! Easiest to do of all three purposes, all you have to do is take the suitcase, and place it firmly over any desired table. In fact, it is better if the table is quite low, as the suitcase adds height. This can be great in cases as a bedside table where the night-stand is too low, and in need of a personal touch!

Once that is done, adding accessories is up to you!

These are just 3 of the many purposes that suitcase can serve besides from what it was initially intended for. Explore! Have fun! Take that lumpy, good-for-nothing-space-taker and re-format it to something new and worthy.

The real question is…What can a CD/DVD do? February 24, 2010

Posted by Meena Alcozai in : Check it out , add a comment

My feedback object is a CD or DVD disc. Because we are now in an age where USB’s and internet attachments are the main ways to transfer data, we don’t need CD’s or DVD discs anymore. Just like how we got rid of VHS’s we are now starting to get rid of the CD’s/DVD’s occupying our homes. But wait! Instead of throwing these devices away, why not use them in a new and unexpected way. So what exactly can we do with a CD/DVD disc?

Well first why not call on our creative sides and use CD’s for a pallet. That’s right. All you artist’s out there, you don’t need to go to dollarama to buy a pallet, just grab an unused CD near you.


 And if you aren’t an artist, you can just string your unused CD’s together and make a curtain. It’s shiny, cool and attractive all at once.

Another great use for old CDs/DVDs is using them as coasters for drinks or for candles. That’s right! No more rings on tables from cups or wax drippings from candles.


 But that’s not all a CD/DVD can do! For those of you who like to be outside and play games. Grab those CDs the next time you go. Why? Because they make great Frisbees!

Also, for those people who like to have fun, CDs/DVDs can be used as a disco ball!

And finally, CDs come in handy when you’re trying to balance a table or chair…

There are also another million ways you can use CDs/DVDs. So remember, the next time you throw out a CD or DVD that it has more uses than one…

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