Industrial design hall of fame
Create a design intervention, that improves students experience at 161 south main street (industrial design building).
What part of the ID experience do students want to change / improve?
student survey :
I created a questionnaire using Google forms, to understand student's general thoughts about working/collaborating in the ID building.
survey questions + answers :
What year are you in?
Seniors (33.3 %)
Sophomores (13.3 %)
Juniors (53.3 %)
How often do you visit the ID building to work, besides class?
2 to 4 Days
1 to 2 Days
Only when I need to use the shops
I prefer working from home / elsewhere
How do you feel about the atmosphere in ID?
key takeaways :
- Dull environment.
- Need more collaborative spaces.
- Don't mingle with students outside of class / studio.
- Productive environment.
On a scale of 1-10, how interested are you in a shared space where you can discuss ideas/ask questions/get feedback?
10 - 9
8 - 6
5 - 0
The ID community is a valuable resource, what would you like to gain from it?
key takeaways :
- More connections.
- Career planning advice.
- Crafts & skills.
Initial problem - Not enough collaborative/ hang-out spots to share ideas/thoughts/get feedback.
Main concerns - Dull atmosphere, overly competitive environment, stools, studio layouts, lack of a sense of community.
What do people wish to gain from the ID community - CONNECTIONS.
Suggestions - Anonymous Q&A box, Online forum, RISD ID App
Area of focus :
Community building + Development
My goal for this assignment is to create / foster greater interaction / communication / collaboration between all students of the industrial design building.
Areas of opportunity
1. Anonymous q&A box :
Write queries / general questions on a note, include name + email.
Drop it into the box.
Box is placed in central location (lobby).
Students passing through may interact with the box by turning the wheel.
The box dispenses random note.
Person may choose to answer query / question via email.
2. Industrial design app :
Helps students connect with peers within ID, message, follow studio work.
Upload / post work, queries, surveys, targeted to ID students.
Share information related to upcoming classes, workshops, events (built in calendar).
Discussion forums, to share ideas and increase collaboration.
3. Student Photo wall :
"More connections, less segregation".
Don't know peers outside your own year group, sometimes even studio.
Remembering people's names + faces.
Allows students to learn about all members of the ID community.
Why options 1 & 2 would not work :
No incentive to use Q&A box, when the student can just ask friends instead.
Any questions would require real-time response, and this is a slow, delayed process.
In a digital world, people find it easiest to access others online.
App is not convenient as people use other forms of known social media to carry out similar functions (Facebook groups, Instagram surveys, Snapchat sharing).
Benefits of photo + name wall :
Creates a sense of relationship.
Makes people feel valued, important.
Increases comfort level, trust, empathy and positive communication.
Feeling of belonging in a community.
Key takeaways :
Engaging, interesting method to learn about peers, requiring minimal interaction.
Fun and quick!
Creating a space where peers can familiarize themselves with each other’s names +faces and potentially connect /make conversation.
Community - Driven
Name + Year
Fun photo (self - expression)
Flexible + Easy to Install
Emmanuelle Moureaux Installations : Tokyo based architect, uses color to divide / create spaces.
100 Colors, Color Factory NYC
Universe of Words, Tokyo
Key takeaways :
Hanging photo wall (open square shape).
Cozy, enclosed space.
Interesting from the front + back.
Placed in high traffic area = lobby.