Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I learnt many of the design and thinking process tools such as SCAMPER and shape borrowing, and learnt new things such as ergonomics and anthropometry. I also learned to apply the design skills in making the prototype. More importantly, I learned how to manage my time. The schedule was tight, and I had to fit in ADMT tasks while balancing out my revision timetable.
2) What are the difficulties encountered?
I encountered difficulties in managing my time and making the prototype. When making the prototype, there were some properties of the product I could not fit in, and there was no alternative. Also when fitting in the making of the prototype in my time, I spent too much time on unnecessary things, such as the details before the main component of my product.
3) How did you overcome the difficulties?
I did my best to leave some portion of time to ADMT, and in the end managed to sqeeze in whatever I could. The product also turned out fine, though it was lacking in the maneuverability.
Commitment - Time and effort had to be put in for this project.
Creativity - Using all the materials available to me, and fixing it to allow the product's unique features to stand out.
Friday, September 24, 2010
I did not encounter any difficulties as the discussion was successful and my group was active during the discussion.
How do you overcome the difficulties encountered?
What are the 2 key takeaways for this lesson?
A prototype is supposed to be a working model and the methods of testing out design considerations.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
i) Describe the product. (Appearance, Color, Function, etc)
It's function is to clean the wok after cooking. The handle is a baby blue shade, and it has steel wool at the top of the handle.
ii) What are the design considerations when designing this product?
The handle is present as an improvement from just the steel wool as it can prevent the user from getting burnt. There is also a good grip on the handle for comfort.
iii) Would an elderly faced difficulty using this product? If yes, what are the difficulties that the elderly would face?
iv) What do you think can be done to improve on the design of the product to suit the elderly? (Sketch the improved design in your sketchbook and take a picture of it. Post the improved sketch at the end of your post.)
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Outside of the discipline itself, the term 'ergonomics' is generally used to refer to physical ergonomics as it relates to the workplace (as in for example ergonomic chairs and keyboards). Ergonomics in the workplace has to do largely with the safety of employees, both long and short-term.
2. What are the 5 aspects of Ergonomics?
There are five aspects of ergonomics: safety, comfort, ease of use, productivity/performance, and aesthetics. Based on these aspects of ergonomics, examples are given of how products or systems could benefit from redesign based on ergonomic principles.
3. For each aspects of Ergonomics, explain with an example of a product that is designed for the elderly, how the product meet that particular aspect of Ergonomics.
Safety - Medicine bottles: The print on them could be larger since the elderly are more prone to falling ill and therefore might have impaired vision, and the large print will make it more easy for the elderly to see the dosages and label. Ergonomics could design the print style, color and size for optimal viewing.
Comfort - Alarm clock display: Some displays are harshly bright, which result in one's irises to contract sharply at short notice when drawn to the light when surroundings are dark. Ergonomic principles could redesign this based on contrast principles.
Productivity - TV: The sound on HD TV is much lower than regular TV. So when you switch from HD to regular, the volume increases dramatically. This drastic change in the volume may harm even further the hearing of the elderly.
Aesthetics - Signs in the workplace: Signage should be made consistent throughout the workplace to not only be aesthetically pleasing, but also so that information is easily accessible.
Ease of use - Street Signs: In a strange area, many times it is difficult to spot street signs. This could be addressed with the principles of visual detection in ergonomics.
Sources: Alarm clock display: http://www.instructables.com/image/FHZ42LMFRBPY2IZ/This-alarm-clock-was-simply-too-bright.jpg
HD TV: http://www.erati.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/dell_lcd_hdtv.jpg
Signs in workplace: http://www.australiasigns.com.au/gal/safetygal/thumbs/lrg-175-rbw-md-rotating-blades.jpg
Street Sign: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3352/3216107741_bcb9dd6594_m.jpg
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
1. Comfort and Simplicity
THE LIBERTY CHAIR
WHITE - Height of chair is hard to adjust accordingly, difficult to accommodate movements of user
BLACK - Height of chair is easily adjustable to fit to the user's needs, leans back with user
2. Incorrect Height and Depth
THE M7 MONITOR ARM
WHITE - Computer screen position easily adjustable to fit user's eye level
BLACK - Computer screen fixed to table
3. Task Lighting
THE DIFFERENT LIGHT
WHITE - Height and brightness of lamp unable to adjust to user's needs
BLACK - Height and Brightness of lamp is easily adjustable to accommodate user's needs
4. Freedom of Movement
THE FREEDOM CHAIR
WHITE - Arm, head and back rests unadjustable and does not support back of user
BLACK - Arm, head and back rests moves to fit user's body movement
5. Prolonged Laptop Use
THE L2 LAPTOP HOLDER
WHITE - No laptop holder present, uncomfortable position after prolonged use
BLACK - Laptop holder height adjustable, allows user to multi-task.
6. Usable Desk Space
THE ACCESS RAIL
WHITE - Cluttered desktop, no space for work
BLACK - Railing contain protruding spaces to allow for organising of items on desk, computer monitor under the desk in compartment
Which workplace is preferred? State with reasons why one workplace is preferred over the other.
Calvin: Workplace 2. A organized table, the computer place is at the eye level. The ergonomic chair has a head rest and a arm rest. This is a comfortable working place.
Cheng Ngee:Workplace 2: The laptop holder is height-adjustable and it allows the user to multi-task using the access rail.
Guang Jun: Workplace 2. The different light can be adjusted to light up only the area you are working on.
Jonathan: Workplace 2. I prefer this workplace as it is very tidy. The workplace has the laptop holder which allows the user to use the laptop at the eyelevel.
Harsh: Workplace 2. The chair is highly adjustable and it suits the user needs. It is also easier to adjust the height and the arm rest seems good.
What are the considerations that should be taken into account when designing a workplace that is suitable for the user?
D: Average Height
E: Availability of space
F : Efficient working system
H: Colour patterns
Why do you think that Ergonomics is important when designing?
-------> Ergonomics effects the users comfort
-------->When designing products ergonomics will also help the designer to find out the peoples needs and the reason for using the product.
Ergonomics are generally improved products which suits the persons needs easier.
--------> Ergonomics will effect the products usability and its ability to manage space.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Explain in your own words, the FOUR key recommendations of the report.
To encourage the elderly to live with the family, Singapore will have different types of housing in order to meet the senior’s needs. There will also be good support care services.
Singapore encourages the elderly to interact with the wider community and therefore, once out of their homes, the elderly will find it easy and convenient to move about without worrying about transportation hassles. Examples are lifts, walkways, and ramps for the wheelchair bound.
Healthcare services for the elderly will be affordable to ensure that they live comfortably. These services will be efficient and easily accessible to ensure that the quality and dignity of life is maintained.
The elderly will communicate well between the generations in the family. By ensuring that the elderly enjoy their life by maintaing good relations with relatives and friends in the community, Singaporeans will have positive attitudes when facing the elderly.
State ONE way that the CAI report is recommending to make our public housing more elderly-friendly
The Government should look at the varying length of land leases to lower land costs in order to cater to the elderly who desire lifestyles in housing by the private sector.
State TWO ways on how we can ensure that the quality of elderly care here in Singapore is affordable
The Government should top-up the Medisave accounts of the less-well off senior citizens in order to ensure they have the means to afford healthcare services when they need it.
The Government should adopt a family physician centered approach towards the management of the healthcare needs of the elderly as a family physician would know what the elderly would require given the close proximity between the physician and the elderly. This will ensure that the elderly will receive the most appropriate level of healthcare services within the community.
After reading the CAI report, what do you are the THREE things that you can do, as an SST student, to help overcome these elderly challenges
Use techniques like SCAMPER to help improve the current elder-friendly products in order to help make their lives easier.
Do a campaign to help raise public awareness about the elderly to get people to do community service.
Co-operate with organisations to organise more outdoor activities for the elderly to get them to make more friends and be more familiar with the neighborhood instead of them moping alone at home.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
4. What are the things that you can do to help with water conservation in Singapore?
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
This was taken during class, and Harsh appears to be listening attentively to Miss Seah by the way he was leaning forward.
Our silhouettes at the notice board near the classroom was taken after Shawn suggested it and it looks pretty cool.
They both look like they're working hard to take their pictures properly, with the look on their faces.
Miss Ooi, who after we requested permission to take her photography, kindly posed for us. But afterwards asked us where our ADMT blog homepage was, so she could delete it.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
8) White Balance
9) Composition (Rules)
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Isometric drawings are 3D drawings drawn mostly on isometric dot paper. Oblique drawings are 2D images of 3D objects, and orthographic drawings are basically the same as an oblique drawing. The difference between oblique and orthographic drawings is that an orthographic drawing, when projected, 6 different pictures of the object can be seen, while an oblique drawing is just a 2D image of an object with forced depth.
Sited from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oblique_projection
Friday, January 15, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
ADMT to me simply means using art, design and media with the help of technology to create artworks.
I believe that all ADMT students should be creative and never despair when something goes wrong as there are teachers and friends to support them. My aspiration is to maintain good progress in lessons and do well in the subject. I believe by working hard and staying vigilant, I can achieve my aspiration. The sketch shows that the earth is just barren land, as there is no art, design, media and technology going on.Without design, even clothing will not exist as it requires design to even create it.