In this project we had to make an "Adaptive and Informative skin". That means we had to make a skin for something (or someone) which could adapt itself to certain circumstances as well as had to be informative.
We approached the design problem with the 1-10-100-method. That means we first did a pressure cooker, which resulted in a shopping cart that could adapt to one's shopping behavior. The step/iteration afterwards, the 10-step, resulted in four ideas. The last phase/iteration was the 100-step, with which we finally chose a plant- or fruit-growing gel. This is less of an adaptive nature, but still is informative about the plant's or fruit's condition. It's like an environment for the plant to grow in, rather than a substitute for soil.
Quite remarkable was that we earned a prize for our presentation at the Interim Exhibition, where we showed some early test-samples of gel. Next to that, the project has also been featured on the 'Next Nature' website, as well as the website of Discovery News.
I learned a lot when it comes to the ideation process. But also I got to know the Design and Research process, because when I began this study I was totally blank on this. Because of the practical approach my team had to really go through the design process.
Because we had to develop ideas for a really vague subject, and we iterated the ideation process, I learned a lot in Ideas and Concepts.
I also learned that I had to visualize my own ideas for my team members, as well as for the audience at exhibitions. Furthermore, we quite struggled with the material choice. That means I also learned a bit in Form and Senses.
We also went through the design process a couple of times, starting at the ideation and research, rounding up with a prototype. That's where Design and Research Processes came to play.
It was quite an abstract subject to start the study with. On the one hand pretty cool to have total freedom, but on the other hand quite confusing for all the team members as a good description of the subject was not easy to find. We had a lot of discussions in the group and had to really work together to make a good idea out of it. I thus think there was some Teamwork and Communication involved here.
With making the report I also gained some more experience in visualizing. I namely made the layout of the report as well as the visuals next to the text. Here Form and Senses came to play again.
Although not my favorite concept, I still think the project resulted in a neat concept. Looking back to the process, I'd take some different steps, or I would leave some out. That means, we lost some time in selecting the final concept. We also didn't really look into the purpose it had to have, in what context, until the very end. To clarify some issues during the process, it might have been better to find a context earlier.
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(doing the whole project in one day and after that doing the whole project in one week):
Well done. Your shopping cart was a nice idea and was worked out very well for a first week project.
You showed 4 interesting ideas that all 4 had potential. Some ideas were worked out already on a concept level others were still idea's.
Your presentation at the exhibition was very inspiring with 4 good posters with clear visuals that explained the idea/concept. But off course your hands on gel experiments for your gel bag concept were very appealing and attracted attention from coaches and students. I was satisfied with the results and you got positive response from the coaches and exhibition visitors (you even won a Next Nature exhibition award...)
You all contributed to the project and divided the work very well and that was visible in the final result. In my opinion your final exhibition presentation looked very good. Your process and final results was presented on little shelves and supported by 3 clear and attractive posters. Off course your project was still very conceptual and questions were asked about the feasibility of your plant growing gel project but It was definitely a real Next Nature project and in my opinion a successful project for a B1.1 team.
I already told you I was very glad that you made the posters that showed the application area of the plant growing gel (e.g. in the dessert) this made the scope of the project much more clear and the project more interesting.
Your final report is well written and contains most of the necessary information. You took very well care of the layout and graphic design, printed it neatly and hand it in on time. Well done!
The content of your report is informative and quite reflective when you evaluate the design and research process of your project but unfortunately a reflection on the final result is missing. Are you satisfied with the final result? points for improvement etc. Your overall team work reflection in the report is good but misses some depth in the reflections. Fortunately you have the opportunity to show more reflection in your Showcase.
But overall; your project report is in my opinion well done.
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