Thursday, September 23, 2010

Reflection - Prototype

1. What are the difficulties that you have encountered during the process?

The qualitative and quantitative faces of certain design considerations.

2. How do you overcome the difficulties encountered?

Determine which type of design consideration we were working on.

3. What are the 2 key takeaways for this lesson?

Purpose of a prototype, and qualitative and quantitative design considerations.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Ergonomics (Product Description and Idea Trigger)

1) Take a picture of the product.

2) Post the picture and answer the questions as follows.

i) Describe the product. (Appearance, Color, Function, etc)

It is a yellow star sponge attached to a green stick. It is used for cleaning like a sponge, but with a more comfortable grip.

ii) What are the design considerations when designing this product?

How is it more comfortable and efficient, that it would be better than an existing sponge, and more convenient for its main users (housekeepers like elderly).

iii) Would an elderly faced difficulty using this product? If yes, what are the difficulties that the elderly would face?

Yes. The grip is uncomfortable and unwieldly and the star-shaped sponge is less functional.

iv) What do you think can be done to improve on the design of the product to suit the elderly? (Sketch the improved design in your sketchbook and take a picture of it. Post the improved sketch at the end of your post.)

- Cylinder grip with grooves for better grip.

- rectangular sponge instead of star for more surface area (function) instead of aesthetics.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

T3WK3- Ergonomics II

1. What is Ergonomics?

> It is the study of the workplace.

2. What are the 5 aspects of Ergonomics?

> Safety
> Comfort
> Ease of use
> Productivity/Performance
> Aesthetics

3. For each aspects of Ergonomics, explain with an example of a product that is designed for the elderly, how the product meet that particular aspect of Ergonomics.


> Safety
Construction workplace helmets. Protects heads DUH!!!

Sport seats

> Comfort
Seats!!! Of course you don't want to sit on a rock right?

> Ease of use
Elderly-friendly phone!!! This one has big buttons for elderly too see better, and does not have all the complicated high-tech functions of modern phones.

Dover race

> Productivity/Performance
Powerful cars which give great mileage, speed, power etc.

> Aesthetics
iPhones and other Apple products which are very sleek and stylish.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Holiday work - Part 3: Tools to be learnt in Semester 2

Here is my elderly friendly house. Though it does not plan all of the house, this is the living room.

Holiday work - Part 1: Understanding the ‘The Elderly Challenge’

1. Explain in your own words, the FOUR key recommendations of the report.

> Housing for seniors.

> Accessibility for seniors.

> Caring for seniors.

> Opportunities for seniors.

2. State ONE way that the CAI report is recommending to make our public housing more elderly-friendly

> They recommend that the Government should introduce guidelines for accessibility and safety features in the homes for seniors.

3. State TWO ways on how we can ensure that the quality of elderly care here in Singapore is affordable

> The Government should top-up Medisave accounts of less well off elderly Singaporeans to ensure that those seniors can afford healthcare services.

> The Government should set up polyclinics which specialize in elderly care.

4. After reading the CAI report, what do you are the THREE things that you can do, as an SST student, to help overcome these elderly challenges

> Be more considerate of the elderly, by helping them, giving up our seats etc.

> Try to be more respectful to the elderly in our lives, for example our grandparents.

> Volunteer our time and effort at elderly homes.

Ergonomics 1

1) The first workplace is more cluttered, limits freedom of movement and comfort, height is not adjustable, the computer monitor is sometimes too far or near, the lighting is too glaring, prolonged use of laptops become uncomfortable and there is little desk space. The second workplace is clear of clutter, allows more freedom and comfort, height is adjustable, the computer monitor is adjustable, the lighting is ambient and focused on the task, there is a laptop holder for laptop users, and there is a lot of desk place due to no clutter.

2) The second workplace is preferred. In the first workplace, there is little freedom of movement, lighting is glaring, and work becomes uncomfortable. The second workplace has a chair that allows movement and comfort, lighting is not glaring, clear of clutter, and overall a better working environment.

3) Comfort and simplicity, incorrect height and depth, task lighting, freedom of movement, prolonged laptop use, and usable desktop space.

4) It takes into account the problems faced by the users to best solve them and appeal to them, so as to be more competitive and efficient.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Personal Reflection (NEwater visit)

1) I learnt how our national taps work, how NEWater is made, and why is conserving water important.

2) I learnt about water conservation and water relamation.

3) I learnt that drinking pure H20 can result in hydrolysis which leaches nutrients, minerals and electrolytes in the body, through diffusion, and result in vital stuff getting too diluted so the body can't function.

4) Shower less...I shower 20-30 mins a day.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Individual Reflection (9th March)

1. What are the 3 key takeaways from today’s lesson?

We learnt that people may have prior misconceptions about a topic that makes them bias. Also, we should all work as a group instead of individuals doing all the work and the other group member slack. Lastly, we should prepare well and do our research instead of doing things unprepared.

2. Name 2 concepts that you have learnt today pertaining to design and describe why is it important in design?

We have to design our solution to suit our target audience, and to be carried out effectively. This would make the project more relevant, efficient. Also, we learnt to be original in our solutions and try not to use things that have already been used.

3. What is the 1 interesting thing that you have learnt today?

I learnt that before we carry out something, we should have the details, etc. instead of just saying we want to do a survey, we prepare the questions beforehand.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Photography (People)

Today for ADMT, we did some photography. Here are 5 of my better photographs.

I took this picture of Isaac in the ADMT studio after we were given time to take photos.

I took this picture of Pasakorn taking pictures while walking around.

I think I'm the only one who took a photo of the cleaner uncle who walked past us. I asked him to let me take his picture. When I was done, I thanked him and he went on his way.

When I took a picture of Arthur, he didn't freak out. Instead he gave a nice smile. Sadly, the light and low resolution caused this image to not be that good.

The last pic is a pic with Matthew checking his camera for the pictures he had taken nearing the end of the day.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


I think I know slightly more about photography than some of my classmates because I used my father's camera before.

Photography comes from Greek, and is loosely translated as drawing with light. This is true, as images are formed through using light. In the past, they used the camera obscura, usually to take an accurate image of nature. It was room with a hole to let in light, with n artist inside to paint out the image formed by the light. Nowadays, they use film which reacts fast with light to form an image.

Photography equipment, to name a few examples, a tripod, aperture, shutter, lens, photographic film, photoshop (???) etc.

The aperture is quite an important part, as it controls the amount of light entering. It does this by turning some teeth, which constantly form a whole circle.

Here is a website with a list of photography techniques:

A photography competition is where contestants submit their photographs on a theme, and the photographs are judged by a panel of judges. The winners get prizes, usually cash or equipment.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Difference between Perspective, Isometric, Oblique and Orthographic Drawing

Perspective drawing is mainly drawing from a view, and consists of single-point and two-point perspective drawing.

<-Isometric drawing is drawing an object using angles, and the drawing paper has special lines for angles.

Oblique drawing shows one face as a total frontal view, but is still 3D, with the other side being distorted. ->

Orthographic drawing is drawing from the view of one face of an object. ->

Monday, January 11, 2010

ADMT Lesson 1 : Personal Reflection

To me, ADMT describes some key elements of making and marketing a product.

Art is essential in marketing a product in modern times. Art and design is interlinked, as design is about planning, and as modern buyers focus more on the aesthetics than the function, design has to incorporate art for the purpose of selling. Art is not only about drawing, but also crafting out an actual object, which most probably has been designed.

Design is really about planning for something, most probably for the purpose to materialise the best possible product. Designing has many stages, such as research, planning, and revision so as to improve the planning, and the final stage is usually taking the final product, after making it, selling it.

Media is a platform to share information, ranging from newspapers to the internet to the TV, but in this case, I am talking about media being used for marketing. This is used predominantly in the form of advertisement, but the less obvious form of advertisement is sponsorship, like in sports, where the logo of the company is displayed on the sportsman's uniform. Other than for advertisement, media is important as if you release important news, without media, few will ever know about it.

Technologies' purpose if to make doing work easier. It can be used for the above points. For example, you can use technology like a protractor or drawing software to make drawings neater, better looking. You can use technology such as organising or presentation software to design products, improve planning and organisation. For media, technology is vital for the sharing of information. Media has only became such a strong platform for advertising as technology has allowed the fast transmission of information via the internet, radio waves or even a printing machine.

I feel that an ADMT student should have a innovative and open mindset towards learning ADMT, mainly because that no primary school would teach ADMT, and that this would be very useful if we go down the entrepreneur path in the future.

My aspirations as an ADMT student would be to learn the engines through which ADMT work and learn their applications in real-life. Hopefully, I would be able to try them out, and use them for I&E opportunities.

I think I should be able to achieve this aspiration by being focused in class, and using them for the ADMT projects. Also, in our later years in SST, during industrial attachment, we can use ADMT for work and projects.

Life would be boring and dull without art, design, media and technology.