Peer-reviewed comments for Jeff’s Presentation

April 23, 2010
By Mathan_Ratinam

14 Responses to “ Peer-reviewed comments for Jeff’s Presentation ”

  1. Haeun_Kim on April 23, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Prototyping and user’s experiences are nice.
    Now you should think about budget including what kind of material you use, and definitely budget can change depends on material.

    Thank you :)

  2. Kristopher on April 23, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    What are the costs to make just 1 of these new container units (including materials and labor)?

    It seems that the problems with the prototype have already been thoroughly addressed: volume, durability, stackability, usability and accessibility.

    Nigel’s and Mathan’s comments about scale were spot on. It’s very hard for people that aren’t visual to understand the “theoretical” scale. So I strongly suggest trying to show what the scale of these boxes are in comparison to an average male / female.

  3. Tanya_Kumar on April 23, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    I think you need to really focus on getting the prototype to look as close to what it should look like as possible. It wold be a lot of work but I think that when talking to non-designers, they really need to see what it would be, what the scale is, the colors, and see the box in its environment. Good feedback from other product designers though and good luck.

  4. caroline on April 23, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    You have done a great job at testing Jeff,
    I wonder if beyond the size of the boxes, you could explore the handle? Instead of bending to the last boxes in the back of the van, they could pull a rope or something like that? Some kind of added affordance that will make that easier.
    I would say that overall, in your presentation, it would be good to get a better sense of how you are envisioning the final product. Your drawings, mockups etc. Videos are great, but doesn’t really show what you tried.

  5. Mathan_Ratinam on April 23, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    I agree with your observation in your diagram that the cost is always a psychological issue for any non-profit investing in gear.

    I think some of the footage is great in understanding the context and for capturing feedback, so you should continue to document the progress of the project in this way.

    when you produce your prototype make sure that you also 3d print objects (water bottles, heater meals etc) of the same scale so that people can understand the uses and scale more clearly. It can be hard to engage with objects that aren’t represented at 1:1.

    Don’t forget to also take the time to talk about issues of sustainability and its recyclable aspect.

    for the final presentation make the case clearly as to why your solution is better than the current system and what the knock-on effects are as a result of your idea.

  6. Rhiannon_Fox on April 23, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    I would show the peer reviews either just before you show the box design or after, because we can’t put it in the context.
    The videos of the prototyping is great, your boxes have developed a lot and well for your development of your boxes. getting the actual responders to test it was a good idea and i think it has given you ideas you may not have thought about before.
    How are you going to present your final thing and will it be in actual size?

  7. Chris_Choi on April 23, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Jeff- I like your concept and model. Going off of what Mathan is saying about having a 1:1 prototype, could you use other materials without using the 3D printer to make a rough prototype? I agree that for non-designers and sometimes even designers as well, the clearer your prototype is the easier your ideas will translate to an audience that may not be familiar with what you’re talking about. It’s also a good idea to put your project in a certain context for demonstration purposes. Obviously this is meant primarily for the ERVs but if you could present the container I. Differnt contexts, your project has the potential for a wider range of purposes.

  8. Julynn_Benedetti on April 23, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    I think it was really nice that you used videos in your presentation.

    I agree that the boxes do seem rather small– it seems like you’d end up re-filling it so much. Also, if it has wheels, and the boxes are not very small, it would be difficult to bend-down and wheel the boxes around.

    What if the whole box was transparent and just have the lids be different colors?

  9. Nadiah on April 23, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    I like that you’ve accumulated a lot of user feedback, and testing.
    Maintaining that close relation to the response team, is very helpful in your process.

    Keep developing that prototype, and communicating with the teams.

    Or at best, to also develop a system that works well in organizing all the different materials, and maintaining stock of items in that system efficiently.

  10. Nigel on April 23, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Thinking about the following questions

    - effectiveness/advantage compared to rubbermaid boxes. Won’t be cheaper or longer lasting, show how might this help over 5 years? Fewer deployments with the wong gear? Fewer mistakes? Happier staff?
    - structural strength of drawer: water is heavy so this will be a concern.
    - why solid colour for drawers? Replaceable panels?

  11. Kelly_Nichols on April 23, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Why is the rubbermaid container the only one they are allowed to use? For your deliverable, can you use the vacuum form machine to create pieces that could be assembled into a full scale version? Will having one of the broad sides of the boxes be a door (for the alternate opening method) affect structural integrity?

  12. Nora_Gecan on April 23, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Your process of getting feedback from friends and Red Cross staff is great for the development of your product. You covered all your bases, ensuring that the box is what they need.

  13. Yina_Ma on April 29, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    OK! I saw your new sketches today, I like it. I think it’s helpful.
    Just one thing, I think you should go over the whole process you have when you present the final one!


  14. Maya_Sariahmed on April 30, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    I think presenting a bunch of different enhancements to the boxes they already have for the final would be the most effective immediate impact (a bunch of different prototypes for color labeling systems that incorporate icons, for example).