During this stage, we will conduct a series of ideation and concept generation exercises where the studio will be divided into teams of four. For each ideation session, the team will focus on a specific part of the problem statement. By the end of this session, each student will end up multiple systems-level solution that they can then start developing as a comprehensive solution on their own. Each student will get a turn to be a team leader and get the members to focus on ONE specific "bite-size" problem area.
You will be using the value matrix to inform you decision-making process extensively.
You will get a detailed schedule of this exercise separately.
The aim of this phase is to really understand the issue.
Do the research, find the impact in number, for example, "2.1 million people get injured by leftover landmines in SE Asia, the need for low-cost mine detection and removal system has never been explored. This project will create a contextually relevant landmine detection and removal system."
The aim of the problem statement is to have germs/seeds, derived through research, that can be the starting point for ideation and concept generation.
Really understand the different aspects of your problem statement that can be split into smaller, bite-sized components. The above example has the following components:
Affordable, detection, removal, etc.
I can take just the detection part and deep-dive into the many ways we could detect a landmine and create a wide variety of ideas that enrich and empower the design process.
At this stage, just focus on research, fact-finding and creating a powerful problem statement. It is absolutely important to get the problem statement right.
You will pinup a poster and have a WIP prototype of your solution. We have room300 reserved for this review.
Take a system-level solution that you have decided to develop into a final solution and create a plan to develop different aspects of it. Although the preliminary research was the starting point, it is at this stage in the process that you will start considering the physical characteristics of your product. A deep-dive into creating appropriate mood boards will give you the right information as well as the inspiration to make informed decisions about your solution. You want to again have a clear idea of the visual language you want to pursue, based on the the mood boards that are really an extension of your user groups preference for color, texture, shape, details and
Developing details, color texture, physical features and expressing them through storyboards.
This is what everyone else will see as your final project. Give yourself enough time to have a finished looking, works like the prototype.