Mark II Presentation Feedback
Does my kit still fulfil its purpose?
During my tutorial with Polly, we discussed whether my kit still fulfils its purpose in creating more critical consumers.
- Is there enough making involved through which the user can deeply question what I’d like them to explore? I don’t want it to be just that the piece is assembled not “made”? Polly recommended creating complexity and variations in how the handle is assembled to allow for this creative input.
- Is the user guided into the process of beginning to question things or do they just make the kit and then forget about it. This will most likely be through the use of prompt cards in stimulating discussion – these could include activities not just questions (taking apart a radio or something could be a suggested task). How can they be integrated into the experience not just an add-on at the end? These could also help to engage people with the making process through little challenges.
The OSB is not necessarily the best material for the surface of the kit, could I instead look at some recycled material which is unique each time (such as that used for Freitag bags)? Plywood is also a nice option, or perhaps recycling palettes.
More care could be put into the design of the USB holder (not leaving the screws exposed)… However I need to keep in mind that it needs to fit different sized USBs.
I still have a way to go with the electronics before I’m in a position to charge a phone. I need to build an understanding of the use of capacitors or batteries to regulate the current in order for an iPhone to accept it.
Polly suggested adding a meter, dial (it would be nice to use an old fashioned one) or coloured LEDs to give some feedback that the rate at which the user is spinning the crank is correct. I’m a bit worried however that this could make the electronics much more complicated for not that much return (saying this, it could be put in as an “optional extra”.
With the instruction booklet and general branding of the documentation, it needs some indication that the kit would be made in multiples. This could perhaps be done using a “handwritten” font and scanned in images properly printed on a booklet. Could I develop a stamp logo to brand the outside of the kit?
Perhaps graphics printed on the face on which the kit is assembled would add to the branding and also help participants to assemble the kits correctly.
I also need to further develop the narrative and how it is shown (without using a large block of text to introduce the kit).