The Capsule Computer System was the product of a year long research and
design project looking into the accesability and sustainability of desktop computer
design. Research methods such as surveys, forums, focus groups
and participatory design were all used to gather information to inform a design outcome.
These methods were all part of a thorough research phase that culminated in a 5600 word
research report which you can view here.
The design stage of the project was conducted with the user groups to create user investment and create a more user centred product. The final design is a desktop computer which is broken down into modules allowing easy maintainance and dissasembly. This is important as research showed that one of the main barriers to computer technology is the percieved complexity and fragility.
Below are images from the process, final design and a user experience video. The project was also submitted to the RedDot design awards, the PDF submitted is available to view here, it explains in more detail the process and the final design. A business plan was also created for this project, that is available to view here.
Model made from 'green foam', plywood, acrylic, MDF and dowel.
The visit and interviews with staff also revealed opportunities to make the process more efficient and reduce pain.
This session outlined some key issues around jargon and the significant barrier its over-use creates.
I believe this user involvement throughout the project helped make a more rounded and resolved design that respects and values the identified needs of users.
Once laminated the plywood shelf pieces were trimmed and routed before being sanded and varnished.
This system is explained more in the Red Dot submission PDF.