Before starting my design sketches, I tried to define the issue or the purpose of the speaker to its audience in a large brainstorm map. I began with the theme of the speaker and the intended audience. Since the speaker is dedicated to people from an older generation, I decided to look into vintage styles and traditional musical instruments or record players for inspiration (the result of this can be seen in the padlet from the previous post).
The theme of vintage musical instruments and record players can then be branched off into two categories, Western culture, and Eastern culture. I did some general research on both cultures with the question “what do people from each culture consider ‘musical’?” The result is shown in the padlet from the previous post. For better focus, I dedicated my speaker design to the Chinese culture.
My final design is inspired by the Chinese traditional birdcage, which often takes on the shape of Chinese traditional architecture (e.g., temples or palaces, etc.). In China, people would keep birds as pets in intricate birdcages convenient for transportation. It is a hobby of many Chinese elders (especially people from urban Beijing) to take their birds for a stroll so they can listen to their birds’ melodic chirps while they walk. Like traditional birdcages, the form of my Bluetooth speaker mimics the appearance of a Chinese Pavillion. The four walls of the speaker would be decorated with a traditional Chinese window design. The controls/buttons of the Bluetooth speaker would be hidden behind a round window with a bird pattern cutout which can be opened to reveal the inside.