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Design and development to improve the quality of life. Innovative forms and functions of doors in the Scandinavian style

DESCRIPTION

Conceptual work on new functionalities that aim at improving the quality of life for older people. The project was implemented in cooperation of business and academia so that the students could know real-life problems that designers face in their work (real customer, real problem). The students’ task was to develop a door for specific group of users (including senior people at the age of over 65). The project task required the students to collect input data (such as potential restrictions, materials to be used). Then the needs of the older people were identified (user movement pattern in their place of living, where and how obstacles arise, which of them can be eliminated or reduced). Next, the students discussed the results of interviews with the users to choose the optimum concept. As a result of the project an initial design concept of a door was created so that it meets the needs of older users.

JUSTIFICATION

The project has interesting assumptions and adopted the Design Thinking methodology. The students were involved in the full path of the design process and prepared many interesting designs. However, a new board of the company that participated in the project rejected the proposals. This situation shows that even good designs may not proceed to the implementation phase, if the customer perceives them as unnecessary.

REFERENCES

http://wzornictwo.net/ 

TYPE OF EXAMPLE

 

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DETAILS

AUTHORS

students of University of Information Technology and Management

YEAR

2016

PREPARED FOR

CTP Polska

COUNTRY

Poland

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