Final Mentor Session
I began by running through how I’ve developed my project since the Mark II presentation. This included getting my phone charging circuit working, and developing the kit to allow for more creativity in making it. My final concept is that users get the basic electronic components and the board to build the circuit on but they must scavenge their own housing and install the kit within that housing.
My stand at Degree Show will have boxes that my participants have made in their own housings alongside my finished kit. In addition to this I want to make a rolling three minute video which shows people making different parts of the kit and records the conversations they’ve had while doing it. This would highlight that my kit is as much about the making experience and the conversations started from this as the object itself.
I asked whether I should make my box from cardboard or wood and Polly suggested cardboard as it looks more like a kit. I added that other benefits would be that it looks more mass-manufactured and that the user could even build the kit within its cardboard box if they can’t find any other housing.
The cardboard components layer could be made neater by mitering the edges of the cardboard. I explained that I was worried the grey board and paper are different greys and Polly suggested perhaps making them different colours completely.
I also asked about my MDF handle and circuit board and Polly said that the aesthetic of the whole kit is very make-shift and this doesn’t necessarily matter too much – she would leave it as plain mdf.
I need to put careful consideration into how I will make my process visible to people who come to my stand… Within five minutes – not by reading my whole process booklet. How can I make the process booklet show the prototypes and development and less of the vague thinking I did in first semester?