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New Design Thinking Framework

Ajinkya phase 2

 

Image of the world

I envision a product that breaks away from people’s conventional notion of just reading time and rather helps them connect & understand it.

I believe that creativity and innovation lies in looking at something from a different perspective. To address our current global issues, we need to step back & relook at the problems in an unconventional way, validate them from different lenses

This project is about helping people understand the importance of time. In the rapidly developing world around us, it is an entity that is not controlled by us. If we look at time from biological lens, we realise that important it is for people to connect and align their body clocks with natural time to lead a healthy and sustainable life.

 

Objective

The objective of the project is help people connect with their body clock. The project address the issue about body’s “biological clock” or circadian rhythm and how it gets affected by Sunlight. Sunlight is the primary source of energy for our planet, without which nothing would exist, it is the governing power which keeps our systems in check. The light helps our body realise whether it is time to rest or eat or work. But most of the people work in closed offices with white light where they lose the perception of natural time and it may have adverse effects on their health.

 

Opportunities & Challenges

Challenge here is how do we help address this simple yet crucial issue with an effective yet simple feasible design solution. People do not choose to work in an atmosphere where they are deprived of natural light. There are multiple socioeconomic conditions here that we need to consider. These conditions become design constraints that define the product.

 

Vision

My vision of the world is of people leading healthy life. A world where people are better connected with nature and their body. The solution of this problem would help people stay in sync with their circadian rhythm. The time is the most important thing that drives our ecosystem. Not only it’s a most valuable unit and currency, it is also a 4th dimension in our world.

Forms

I envision a solution that takes form of a physical device that sits in the same space with user. Which is soothing & comforting for the user and does feel out of place. Since the product is going to be source of light, its ability to emit light would direct the way form would shape up. How to make it emit maximum light at the same time preserving the uniqueness of the concept.

 

My thoughts

While modifying this framework, I realised that how changing a single component can yield a different result. I started with image of the world and as I moved across the circle, I realised myself on an entirely different journey in the same domain. More I think about it, it makes me realise how different paths can boil down to totally diverse design projects

 

Final CATTt – Phase 2

Ajinkya phase 2

Contrast

This project is about helping people understand the importance of time. In the rapidly developing world around us, it is an entity that is not controlled by us. If we look at time from biological lens, we realise that important it is for people to connect and align their body clocks with natural time to lead a healthy and sustainable life.

This project talks about body’s “biological clock” or circadian rhythm and how it gets affected by Sunlight. Sunlight is the primary source of energy for our planet, without which nothing would exist, it is the governing power which keeps our systems in check. The light helps our body realise whether it is time to rest or eat or work. But most of the people work in closed offices with white light where they lose the perception of natural time and it may have adverse effects on their health.

 

Analogy

One example is the medication, specifically vitamin supplements. Ideally we are supposed to take our vitamins from the nature and natural food. But due to over daily lives, as we fall short of those vitamins, we rely on external artificial sources to keep our body requirements in check.

In simple words the analogy can be explained as, the need of this product is same as the vitamin supplements.

 

Theory

Circadian rhythm:
Circadian rhythmicity is present in the sleeping and feeding patterns of animals, including us. There are also clear patterns of core body temperature, brain wave activity, hormone production, cell regeneration, and other biological activities. In addition, photoperiodism, the physiological reaction of organisms to the length of day or night, is vital to both plants and animals, and the circadian system plays a role in the measurement and interpretation of day length.

Target

This product is primarily targeted towards the people working in close spaces or spending most of their day in an environment where access to natural sunlight light is not possible.

 

Tale

Tale can be crafted from the users point of view. i.e. the person deprived of natural sunlight, who has issues with sleeping, eating leading to possible health hazards for the simple reason that he is not able to sync with the circadian rhythm. The circadian rhythm helps him check his body clock

And now this solution comes in the picture which helps him stay in sync with the body clock. A product which simulates similar daylight experience indoor and allowing the user to get sync his body clock.

Reflections on fabrication methods

Ajinkya Spheres

The different ways of making sphere made me wonder how closely it relates to the method of problem solving. When we start finding solutions to a problem, there are practically numerous ways to approach a problem, and all those approaches would take us on different journeys and experiences. We not only learn and explore new stuff along the way, the efforts and the outcomes also changes to certain extent. Interesting thing is, there never is a wrong result or one perfect way to solve a problem, it is highly contextual. The approach we take to solve any problem is often defined by the constraints we have. For example – Time, Costs, Material, Efforts, Resources Etc.

In the sphere context, it all started with one basic motive – to create spheres. And these images posted below give us sense of how different methods can generate different results to the same topic.

 

Whittling:

I feel whittling as an activity resembles with the design process in an interesting way. Here I’ll demonstrate my thoughts with an example.

In a design process – we often start with an intent or an aim that we want to achieve. We do some research, understand the facts and study material/medium. This helps us comprehend the status and the constraints. After doing the initial analysis, we chalk out a plan of action that would lead us to our final desired result. As we start working towards it, more & more insights start to unveil. These insights, make us take an informed decision on our next move. We dynamically adjust the actions to make sure we are on the right path towards our final motive.

And now in our current context – We started with an Intent which was to create a sphere from a block of wood. While whittling, we started by examining the status and contrarians while working on wood. Ex. How wood grains affect and help the whittling. After analysing and studying the block we created a plan of action. Ex. Something like finding the centre, creating a circle, then starting with all edges and corners first, also trying to maintain symmetry as we start carving. Now every time we carved out a tiny chunk of wood we observe and redefine our next step, which would lead us to that perfect sphere we all aspire. Every step we took was like an insightful feedback for our journey towards the final product.

 

Turning:

Turning can be looked as an approach similar as whittling, where we follow a top down approach. Starting with a block of wood and ending up with spheres by removes all the excess material. When we started with a block of empty wood, it practically means unlimited possibilities. One can create any thing as he goes carving down that block. Turning also gives you flexibility to improvise as we start crafting the design. Although the machine assist gives us the speed. it limits the creating to axially symmetrical objects produced by lathe machine.

 

Casting:

Now casting differs vaguely from the other processes. Since this is a process used for mass production, it focuses on quantity and efficiency. Once we have the template/mould ready creating multiple perfect spheres becomes very easy. It kind of reminds of the design going across the world where designers are just blindly copying the other design without considering all the aspects. One can argue that currently healthcare seems to be moving in this direction. Where rigid policies are set like a mould, and later all the outcomes just blindly follow the set regulation without a second thought. And most of the alterations end up being skin lever cosmetic changes.

 

3D Printing

3D printing is a method that demands a predefined design where all the parameters are set, values are defined, crucial aspects are considered and outcomes are anticipated beforehand. There is no scope to improvise and learn on the go. Once the process starts it can not be stopped or altered.  Although all of this sounds negative, I find this method most useful and efficient. It address the current design needs where we are creating complex designs using CAD. It gives precision of microns that’s is required by the current design practices. Where tolerances are on a scale that can not be achieved by hand work. One can relate to the methods used in writing on paper. And compare hand writing and modern printers. Although hand written content has special value, it can not compete with the printers.

What? So What?

Artboard 3

what?
I am planning to design a workshop that will use drama and the design itself as means of communication tool. Men and boys have been taught to express themselves with aggression and any other emotion has been considered weak, female or homosexual. This association of emotion with aggression causes various ways of sexual violence as well as harming individuals themselves by pushing them to live with a mask. If we are talking about design becoming an essential course for the education of everyone then why not use it as a communication tool? Instead of feeling trapped by language and not being able to express ourselves because of feeling ashamed in talking in public that almost everyone faces for at least once in their lifetime, we can use different medium.

so what?
The importance of this workshop is the fact that it challenges gender norms. We have been talking how to end violence against women by governmental solutions but what about ourselves? How do we raise boys and how do men perceive themselves? As women, how do we define a “man”? What are our expectations, our biases, our heterosexual norms? If we don’t start from ourselves then how come we can blame friends making sexist jokes, parents and partners expecting fulfillment of gender roles, or anyone for not speaking up about violence they have experienced.

 

Unlike Spheres

The different ways of making sphere made me wonder how closely it relates to the method of problem solving. When we start finding solutions to a problem, there are practically numerous ways to approach a problem, and all those approaches would take us on different journeys and experiences. We not only learn and explore new stuff along the way, the efforts and the outcomes also changes to certain extent. Interesting thing is there never is a wrong result or one perfect way to solve a problem, it is highly contextual. The approach we take to solve any problem is often defined by the constraints we have. For example – Time, Costs, Material, Efforts, Resources Etc.

In the sphere context, it all started with one basic motive – to create spheres. And these images posted below give us sense of how different methods can generate different results to the same topic.

Ajinkya Barve WhittlingAjinkya Barve Sphere Ajinkya Barve Sphere

How the article ‘The Gift – Clive Dilnot’ made me think about healthcare

After reading through The Gift by Clive Dilnot, I could relate relationship between a gift giver and a gift receiver to the relationship between a patient and a doctor. And the gift here is healthcare that a doctor is providing to his patient.

A perfect gift is often something that is most valuable to that person who receives it and since it is tailored for his specific needs and requirements, the time becomes a crucial factor in this engagement. The reason is- something that is valuable to a person right now may not be valuable to him some time later. Imagine this scenario with a patient in Emergency Room and the care that doctor would provide is valuable only at that moment.

While receiving the care, the patient of course obtains a double joy, because it matches need and desires of the patient at that moment. Now at the same time, even for the doctor joy is indeed subtle but significant.

Design Thinking Framework_a reverse engineering tool

ARTIFACTArtifact

Vision

I remember Initially we started the project with a vision. The idea was how can we create a product experience that creates a special bond with the user and also help them appreciate the concept of time. The time is the most important thing that drives our ecosystem. Not only it’s a most valuable unit and currency, it is also a 4th dimension in our world.

To summarise the vision with a quick analogy is –  ‘Artifact’ is to time what Poetry is to Language

 

Objective

After working on the vision part, we started the investigating the subject area deeper, trying to understand the theory behind the concept of time. After studying the insights and some user research we started to define the scope by asking a lot of WH type questions – who is that we are designing this product? what is the purpose? who would be the target audience? why would they buy it? why would the use it? how is it different from what they are already using and what is it so unique about our product that sets it apart? After the introspection in our work, we came up with a brief and a problem statement for the topic.

 

Opportunities & Challenges

Challenge was how do we make a product that is useful at the same time discreet, something that can be personal to the owner at the same time initiates a dialogue with strangers, Something that seems just aesthetic yet functional and something that is quiet yet intriguingly loud enough.

Setting up the objective made us re-examine the problem statement. We started looking for the challenges and opportunities available in the domain. At that time, an interactive household object was an opportunity for the kind of product we were thinking.

 

Forms

Form here was a physical tangible device that people can interact with.

Conceptualising was an interesting phase in this process. Ideas were vague and the possibilities were immense, it was easy to get lost in the concepts. This is when we went back revisited the objective and opportunities which helped us stay focussed. When we froze the idea of time telling vases, it was a crucial form exploration ahead of us which was going to define the appeal of the product. Creating that precise hierarchy between hours vase & minutes vase. Defining those shapes such that they can incorporate the technology at the same time look aesthetically pleasing.

 

Image of the world

I envisioned a product that breaks away from people’s conventional notion of reading time.

I believe that creativity and innovation lies in looking at something from a different perspective. To address our current global issues we need to step back & relook at the problems in an unconventional way, validate them from different lenses. Artefact encourages people to read and perceive at time from a different perspective. It may initiate a dialogue in their mind to rethink about something ordinary in their life in an extraordinary way.

 

My thoughts

While applying this framework to the project, I realised this framework is very fluid and dynamic. There is no starting point and no ending point. You can start the project from any node and move across the circle in any direction till you end up with a satisfactory design solution that you intended. More I think about it, it makes me realise that if I had taken another path how it would have shape the final design, its appeal, its value.

CATTt Post-Rationalization

 

ARTIFACTArtifact

Contrast

When we want to create something create innovative, we must analyse & evaluate the existing old & established services/products  to be used as contrast.

In the today’s world – Time is an ultimate unit against which everything is valued. Can you imagine the world without time? Can you imagine any of the systems that we use without time? It would be a mess, all the systems and everything that we have created, defined would fail to exist.

Although the course of time has triggered a lot of revolutionary changes in the world as we know it, the method of reading time itself has not changed over the last few years. When we talk about time, we always use it in a functional way. Although the designers and watch companies are coming up with new modern watches that are accurate and functional, the beauty of time is still not appreciated very well.

If time has such an important role to play in our lives why not celebrate it. Take a different route here and Instead of moving forwards with time, let’s step back for a moment and appreciate the time.

 

Analogy

Poetry is an interesting art form. Ultimately the poet uses everyday language – a fundamental tool that is used by whole mankind to function as an integral part of all our systems. We cannot imagine our world without language, all the systems would start falling apart if we take out language from our systems. Our words and language are the basic elements we use in our daily life, without really noticing the beauty and elegance of it. But poet perceives the language from a different perspective, a poet creates beautiful poets which make us appreciate the language. These vases are similar to a poet created by an artist.

 

Theory

The theory here relates closely with Poetics –

Poetry is an art form in which human language is used for its aesthetic qualities in addition to, or instead of, its notional and semantic content. It consists of works in which language is used in a manner that is felt by its user and audience to differ from ordinary prose.

 

Target

Like poetry this product can targeted towards anyone and everyone. It is an abstract representation of time which can be perceived in a different way by different people. Someone would learn to appreciate the concept of time. Someone one may admire it as a secret artefact that you build an emotional connection with, a product that you hold dear. Someone may use it as a conversation starter to be kept on a desk. So everyone can be a potential target, and they may end up using and interpreting the product in different ways possible.

 

 

Tale

Tale here is interesting since it can be perceived different active and passive users.

Imagine a house with a brightly lit living room space. The room is filled with some lively yet tasteful contemporary furniture. Elegant rugs on the wooden floor and curtains hanging by the enormous windows. In the corner there is a set of two beautiful vases, sitting subtly in the corner but at the same time intriguing enough to attract attention. And oddly enough there is no clock in the living room.

Today the place seems busy, there is a small party going on in the living room, the hosts Jack and rose are welcoming their guests. They have planned a set of activities for their guests and without even looking at the time on their mobile phones, they are co ordinating everything as planned, thus leaving their guests impressed.

Second story: The hosts go in the kitchen to get more snacks  is when few guests notice two beautiful vases with light rings sitting quietly in the corner. Now as the vases change light ring patterns, guests get curious and they start discussing among themselves what could it be. is a kinetic light installation? What does it interpret? Leading to someone explaining to other what are kinetic sculptures. In the mean while, the host notices few guests standing around the vases and discussing something. He listens to the conversation and dives in to explain what those vases and their hidden function. He tells them the story regarding those vases, where he got them, why are they interesting, his interpretation of that artefact

Design thinking framework applied to school structure!

Form- A physical form is a good way to explore the world and what-if the form is already familiar but and we use that in different scenario. I remember when we were conceptualising the ‘stand’ for microscope, the first form that stuck me was to start with a letter shape. In the upcoming week we had to think on different shape of letters and how to apply them with a camera. We finally ended up with ’S’ shape and the reason behind that was choosing the mild steel as a material. There were other shapes also that were to be tested out like ‘H, A but ’S’was the easiest to hold in mild steel to we decided to go with it.

Objective- The main objective was to connect some of the poorest schools in Bombay with technology. We wanted give these slum schools a new way to start engaging with their students. A ‘third eye’ that can fuel up the imagination of a student and may inspire a future.

Vision- What-if you know your area of interest since childhood and could start exploring at an early stage. Technology is not bound with age, place and gender and adopting technologies can solve issues. Why everyone is running after scoring full marks, why anyone cannot see an interest in childhood? The vision is clear in these statement that explore beyond what is already being told  and keep pursuing it. I see this as a report card for current system and how can we improve the grades by applying modified course structure.

Challenge/opportunities- The real challenge is to come up with an economical change/shift. Many high end schools in society have these gadgets that can have the same impact. Everyone is not able to afford them or they are only for an elite class. What-if we could reduce the cost of these technologies and provide them to everyone. There is a challenge and at the same time an opportunity for this problem. This pushes us back to drawing board and criticises in a way to select only those options that have a cost reduction scope in the future.

Image of the world- The world is very limited to those people who are very well established. What about that one-third population that is left behind, can we think within all communities and solve a problem. The image of anything is how we see observe it.