Week 6: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (Post-Presentation)

Posted on: Thursday, October 18, 2007

So, congratulations to us for a successful presentation this week. Although it went rather well, we expect to be better prepared (in terms of team organization) for future presentations. Big thanks to those of us who pulled an all-nighter and worked up to the very last minute to put everything together.Here’s a copy of the presentation we rolled in with on Thursday morning. I just want to print this thing full size and stick it on my wall!

As you can see, the poster effectively sums up the first few weeks of our processOf the critical feedback we received, much focus was directed towards our apparent lack of focus. While this is certainly true to a certain degree, we viewed this quality as a positive characteristic of our direction. We don’t claim to have a  During voting, we notice that we had 4-5 red votes. You know what red means, and we’d like to hear why you think the Sustain-A-Stack sucks. You can send your thoughts to us collectively or to me, Andrew.Now, onto the feedback we received in class from both students and instructors:Student Feedback:Most obviously, we received considerable feedback on the scope of our project, which is apparently questionable. However, it is quite possible that the class considered our mention of aquariums and terrariums too literally. We are simply considering the possibilities in pursuing various components. Judging solely by our research, it is obvious that our focus is on plant growth/life and storage. Secondly, we received very helpful feedback in terms of spatial constraints. Evidently, if we are to pursue building stackable boxes, there is obvious restrictions to how much plants can grow. While we have considered this element to a certain degree, various students suggested the importance of acknowledging this constraint. In light of this feedback, we have decided to focus solely on herbs and small vegetables that do not produce large roots, etc.Thirdly, it was suggested that we emphasize our target market; more specifically, people with large yards/gardens are likely to be less interested in this product. In our opinion, this claim is slightly questionable: users may still be interested by the design/aethetic integrity of our project.Instructor Feedback: After briefly speaking with Thecla after our presentation, we have the impression that development on the technical side of our project hold tremendous potential. While we did not explicitly describe our research/interest in technical components, we have definitely consider the potential in adding a separate digital interface that could be viewed from cellphones, home computers, and laptops. Thecla encouraged us to consider this direction and we have set up a meeting to discuss this further at a later date.We’d also like to comment on the feedback we’ve received from Jinsil, who has provided us with a couple of valuable links:http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/09/24/metaphys-indoor-grass-planters-from-tokyo/From the indoor planters, we can derive a stronger sense of aesthetic design. This planters are chic, stylish, and modern. We will reference this throughout the design process.http://www.inhabitat.com/2006/04/05/micro-compact-tree-village/In short, “Sustain-a-Stack” is essentially a hybrid of these two existing products/concepts. However, we feel the first example is particularly relevent and helpful for our future consideration of design aesthetics.