Concept Testing

I drew a system map for each idea that visualize the actors, components, and relationship involved in my design.  It also helps me to think about some crucial factors such as fund, information, and value.  In concept testing, I show my interviewees the storyboard and system map. They gave me valuable feedback on my design.



  • Simplify the crafting process
  • Consider how to connect different sections of fabric without tools.
  • Good-quality textile and designs increase the cost of clothes, how to keep them attractive.

Idea 2



  • How to ensure the cleanliness of second-hand clothes.
  • It will spend a lot of time uploading images of clothes.
  • Children can be scammed in online transactions.




  • How to discard the remaining textile after using the tool kit.
  • How to ensure the cleanliness of second-hand clothes.
  • Transportation increases the cost of renting the tool kit.

Idea development and storyboard

This week, I chose 3 concepts to develop further.

  1. For children between 8-15, curious and fun are their motivation. I was thinking what if recycling clothes becomes a game. Origami gives me some inspiration. The reverse side of the cloth is printed with some dotted lines and instructions. Children can cut and reconnect their old clothes along the dotted lines, then they can get an innovative item made by themselves.



2. The second idea is a shared closet, It builds virtual cartoon characters and an online closet for users. Children can show their closets and sell outgrown clothes. Buying second-hand clothes instead of buying new ones is the original thought of this design.


3. The last one is a tool kit. It helps children turn their old clothes into new memory. People refuse to DIY with their old clothes because it takes a long time. Tools requirement and complex process also reduce the allure of handmaking. These problems need to be solved to improve the process of reusing clothes.




My goal was to develop a novel & responsible solution to extend the life circle of children’s clothes, and I hope to instil sustainable values in growing children by inspiring them to value longevity and innovation of clothes. After I told my group members the design direction and goal, we began brainstorming based on the generative question:

How to extend the life- circle of children’s clothes, whilst raising children’s awareness of sustainability?

Firstly, We wrote down our ideas on sticky notes.


I organized and combined some ideas after the discussion. I also did some sketches to visualize these ideas.


Design Brief

I made a design brief based on the insights I got from the interviews.


  • Extend the life circle of clothes.
  • Increase knowledge about recycling clothes.
  • Encourage children to manage their own clothes.


  • Improve the efficiency of resale or recycling
  • Save space in the wardrobe
  • Little cost


  • Raising children’s awareness of sustainability
  • Make recycling clothes interesting
  • Provide more options for recycling clothes
  • Track where the worn clothes went



Interview insights


Insight conclusion

1: Many of my interviewees said that they want to keep the clothes they like. These clothes accompanied and recorded their growth, but had to be thrown away due to limited closet space.

2: Most of my interviewees lack knowledge about recycling clothes. They grossly underestimate the value of and ability to extend the life of their old clothes. For example, many clothes are deemed not worthy of being reused by consumers. Most of my interviewees mistakenly believe that they can’t donate a cloth with a hole in it.

3: some of my interviewees don’t use the clothing donation bins because they can’t track where their clothes went. Sell used clothes on the second-hand market is a good way but wasting time. So an efficient resale or recycling system is needed.

Insight 4: Most of my interviewees between 8 to 15 years old never disposed of their clothes themselves, tidy up and dispose of used clothes is a complicated thing and their parents do it for them, so children lack the motivation to reuse their worn clothes.

Insight 5: Many of my interviewees discard clothing that is still wearable yet simply gets thrown away. For them, textile waste is an “out of sight, out of mind” problem.

Interview questions

  1. How old are you? Do you have siblings?
  2. Do you need to wear your school uniform? How often do you buy new school uniforms?
  3. What would you dispose of your old school uniforms after buying new ones?
  4. How often do you buy new casual clothes? How long do new clothes last?
  5. What motivates you to buy new clothes?
  6. What would you dispose of your old clothes? Is there anything that bothers you?
  7. How many methods do you know about recycling clothes? Which method do you use the most? Why?
  8. Have teachers or parents ever told you about recycling clothes?
  9. Have you ever used clothing donation bins before? Do you think it is helpful?
  10. Did you receive any used clothes from others?
  11. Do you prefer to keep old clothes or dispose of them as soon as possible?
  12. Do you have clothes that you only wear a few times? Why?
  13. Do you have clothes that you keep for a long time? Why?
  14.  Who is responsible for disposing of your old clothes? By yourself or your parents?

Interviews and insights

This week I interviewed some children and their parents. From their interviews, I got some valuable and unexpected information.

1.Compared with summer clothes, winter clothes can be worn for a longer time and have a higher recycling rate.

summer clothes are cheap, good styles and appearance engage parents to buy new ones, while winter clothes are more expensive, quality and warmth become the main factors of purchasing. My aunt previously took the down fill out from 3 down jackets and used them to make a quilt.

2.There are many collection bins in China but some people suspect that the clothes inside were not donated to poor families. They send old clothes directly to poor families through charities, and they can track whether the clothes are delivered.

I contacted a charity member who specializes in recycling used clothes, looking forward the formal interview with her next week.

Reflection of the First Critique

After the first speech, I reflected on the target audience and customers. Although newborn babies are the fastest-growing, they need a lot of new clothes, but I did not choose them as the target users because they lack the ability to think and choose independently. This is more like designing for their parents rather than designing for children, which against my original desire to design for education.

I think clients will guide or even limit the final design, so I list as many different clients as possible, including toy companies, fashion companies, and art institutions.


Framing and Aim

Last week, I decided to choose the circular economy for clothes to explore. Because fewer clothes are recycled or donated compare to package and electronic devices, and the rest goes directly to the landfill that causes the fashion industry to become the second-largest polluter in the world. Although the recycling of clothes is a very meaningful subject, it is also challenging for me.

It may be easier to choose young women as the target audience because I am in this group and have many unwanted old clothes every year. In the end, I choose children as my target audience instead of young women because children are in constant need of new clothes. Additionally, it’s a good opportunity to educate and influence children’s lifestyle to be more sustainable.

Four ‘W’s

1.Who is affected?

Growing children between 8-15 years old who dispose at least 5 old clothes every year.

2. What is the problem?

children are growing so fast, there are so many wasted clothes produced during their growing process.

The discarding clothes will end up in landfills that lead to a series problems.

3. Where does it happen

their home/ Diy social platform/community class

4. Why does it matter

Too many wasted clothes has been a problem for a long time

children’s clothes are changed frequently

Educating and influence their mindset and lifestyle to be more sustainable.


Because too many wasted clothes has been an environmental issue for a long time, parents with their growing children who cares about the environment want to but don‘t have a way to recycle their children’s clothes. My solution is to create a method to help them reuse the old clothes instead of throwing them away.

Trends and Opportunities (S.T.E.E.P.V)



Compulsory waste-sorting has been trialed in some cities across China. Anxiously, people started to study sorting guidelines. Where does pork bone go? What about watermelon seeds? Although, garbage sorting can improve recycling, It has caused many problems for residents. People in Shanghai don’t just have to sort their waste – it also needs to be deposited in certain places at certain times, and the number of bins available has been reduced.

I think maybe we can give garbages new possibilities and life before they are thrown into the trash can. I use the STEEPV method to develop three design possibilities for Product Regeneration.

  1. How to reduce the waste of clothes?
  2. How to reduce single-use packaging?
  3. How to reduce E-waste?


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