My Educational App

In this design unit, our task is to create an educational app for a client of our choice. This app should be created within the mind of the client and it should also almost be entirely their ‘idea’.

Through my research I have found a lot of aspects that I will have to have in mind while I create my app. In a nut shell, I need to have my app look aesthetically pleasing, make sure it is stable and fast, it should survive in most extreme conditions, it should know it’s audience and be helpful etc.

The first thing a person does before downloading an app is seeing the icon that the app represents, obviously if it did not look aesthetically pleasing then no one would want to buy it. Also when the person opens the app, there should not be a clash of colours or a messy look because that would make that person delete the app no matter how good it might work. If the app looks aesthetically pleasing then the next thing a person would look for is if it is fast and follows all of their commands. The app should definitely not crash every time the person clicks a button. This then connects to seeing if the app can survive in extreme conditions, these conditions include clicking all of the buttons at the same time and maybe even turning on airplane mode and seeing what happens. If the app crashes every single time it means that the app needs fixing but if nothing unwanted happens then the app is perfect! Lastly, a great app should be able to know it’s users, what I mean by this is that the app needs to be unique, it should be something new that the user has not seen before. The app should be helpful and meet the user’s specific needs. A great app is an app you would want to use every day.

D-T3 Overall evaluation of personal performance

In this design project my target audience were the people who gave me feedback in the final criterion. This project can contribute to my classmates environmentally and economically, economically because if they buy my product, it will not very expensive since I did not use a lot of materials. If I used more materials then it would most likely be more expensive. Also it can contribute environmentally because my product does not use many materials that can harm the environment. My package uses blue tac and some pieces of tape which is not extremely bad for the environment so it means that I have a some what small environmental footprint on my package. The limitation of my package was that I had not thought about making the height of the equilateral triangle on my triangular prism shorter than the height of the rectangles on the triangular prism because, that would make the triangular prism be the same height all the way along when bending over the rectangles. So when I made my net I made the mistake to make it the same height. This effects the design part of the package because it results into making the handle of the package looking not like a handle exactly because of the top of the triangle sticking up. Luckily what I did in the end was just bend the tip in so it would not be noticeable. The benefit of my final package was that it was a unique and creative irregular shape that I do not think anyone else in grade 8 did, “I think your package it very creative and unique because you combined 2 3D shapes together, there are also handles which I think is also really nice.”. When I look back on my disciplinary approach towards the final product, it did not help me much because I needed more information to create a smart product. For example when I worked with the aesthetics, my product looked good but it was not smart because it had a large environmental footprint. On the other hand, when I looked at the aesthetics and the environmental consequences in an interdisciplinary approach, it did help me because I could then create an aesthetically good looking package without using materials that could harm the environment too much. These helped me create my final product because it made me think about not using many materials that could possibly hurt the environment in some sort of way. I had to think about materials that could be reused or recycled after making the product which was quite difficult in my opinion. In the end I came up with blue tac because it can be reused as many times as possible. This also helped me create my final product because I had to come up with an idea that would look good and irregular in my target audiences eyes. The final shape I chose almost looked like a handbag which I thought looked attractive because it is not a shape you would see a package look like out of the street for example. If I had to do the project again, I think I would have tried to focus on making a package that would not have any empty space inside. Because my object does not have a specific shape, it was difficult at first to find an irregular shape that could make sure that the package would not move around inside of it.

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Waste Not, Want Not

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(I don’t have a photo of the iPad box deconstructed but this is basically what it looked like)

In my investigation and research, I found out that when making a box I should focus on the sturdiness first. This is the most important factor because if there would be a situation when you had to ship your package, the package has to survive the trip. It is therefore important for the box to be secure and not break on the way. If the material used is thick and difficult to break then it means that it is a good enough material to use. When investigating the iPad pro box, something I learned was that Apple uses a lot of cardboard for their iPad pro boxes, I found this out by calculating the surface area of the box. The reason why this effects the environment is because of the large amount of materials wasted for a package that will only be used once. What the Apple company could do when transporting their boxes to the iPad pro factory is to take of the lid, turn it and put it inside the base. That way the amount of wasted space is reduced to a minimum and more empty boxes can fit into a vehicle when stacked, than if the boxes were transported with the lid on. This is clever because it reduces the environmental footprint because you will only need a small truck compared to if you had the lid on top.

Overall Design Unit Reflection

Answer with evidence from viewer feedback:
1. How well did your movie meet the project specifications?
2. What improvements would you make to your movie?

1. I think my movie met the project specifications quite well, I had “a great storyline”, and lots of people said that it included “a lot of information about the Western Market” and it was “funny”. I think that what our group was going for was for it to be humorous and include lots of information so we are lucky that our audience think the same way. Others also said that our “archival photos were good” which is great because it took us a while to find them.
2. Some improvements I could have made to the movie are: to “keep the camera steady” and “try not to shake it a lot”. Also some people were confused over the long ending with the music. It was a mistake and I have learned to always check before I submit something. The audience agreed that the “sound quality” needed to be worked on, we should have spoken louder and clearer.

Overall Evaluation:
Overall this design unit has gone by REALLY fast, and I have enjoyed it a lot. My favourite bit during this journey is probably filming day, because we got to explore our site and film there. My group worked together well and we have definitely gotten closer during this design unit. I always put a smile on my face even if it is a bad day, my attitude was very positive. If I were to be honest my time management was okay, I did do very well at some things for example, finish editing my videos, handing in my criterions on time, but sometimes my time management was bad. For example I handed in my documentary on the due date when I could have done it the day before. I have learned a lot about movie making, the history behind the Western Market and design. This design unit has been lots of fun and I can not wait for next year!

This is our (Kelly, Arris and I) documentary about the Western Market

Approaches to Learning Reflection:
During this unit my learning has increased more and I am more open minded about the Western Market and design. I have learned about the history behind the Western Market and how to create a documentary. I have enjoyed learning these skills and I have excited to learn more skills next year.

HKH 2016 – The Western Market Documentary (Mette, Kelly and Arris) from Mette Carlsson on Vimeo.

Design Day #2

Today we had design day. Our main task we were assigned to do was to create a documentary of something about out school. The group I was assigned to be in was with Kelly and Arris. Sadly, Kelly was not here today so it was just Arris and I. We made a short documentary about the facilities at our school. Before we started to film we had to make a shotlist, this was used to make sure we new how the video was going to look like and sound like. We decided to make it black and white in some scenes and colourful in others. We filmed different types of facilities such as; swimming pool, gyms library etc. I think I need to improve on my time management because it was quite a rush and very stressful.

Reflection of Design Unit #1

This unit of design has been so much fun and I can’t wait for the next unit to start next term. This whole process has helped me understand the planning and designing, pretty much what to do. My logo has turned out excellent, it really expresses me well will the colours and the way it is put.  I think I could have improved on making the gymnast bigger because it is quite difficult for people to know what it is since its so small. Overall, this unit and has really fun and I have learned so much that I will never forget!Screen Shot 2015-12-02 at 1.53.33 pm

Design Day 1

Today was Grade 7’s first design day and it was actually quite fun to create and learn more on what we will be doing this year. We made paper airplanes, I think we did this activity because we should learn to interact with others. In this activity we made paper airplanes in groups of 2 or 3, looked at which one was the best, find another group and see which one is the best out of our best and then talk about what was good and what was bad. After that we learned about logos and made our own logos for CDNIS, then we learned how to use adobe illustrator. In this activity we got an assignment to try out adobe and see if we could use one of the tools called the pen tool. For the design and logo creation I learned about what it takes to make a logo, for example keeping it simple so others can draw it and recognise it. I also learned how to use adobe illustrator, we used it last year for the exhibition when designing our logos but we didn’t learn as much as we did today. Designing was fun because we got to create lots and have fun with what we made. Today we learned by talking to others, asked questions and received answers. Today I learned that I am a thinker and a communicator, I believe I am a thinker because I thought about what we were doing and I thought about the questions I asked. I believe I am a communicator because I talked to others and i worked well with who I was working with.


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