Design Studio 10
The main audience of my product is high school students between 14 and 18 years old in ISB. High school students will be more inclined to simple, sturdy glasses, which is more in line with the identity of the student. Similar Design ideas, I will use simple design ideas as soon as possible and ensure that the structure of the glasses is firm, to better meet the needs of the audience.
Some designs that inspired my design：
This design has greatly inspired my idea. It provided me with the basic structure and shape of the glasses. In this design, the frame of the glasses is round. This is a very widely used design. It fits many people’s faces and is also very comfortable. The material of the glasses should be some kind of metal wire, which is one of the reasons why this design chooses a round frame because it will be very easy to make and produce. The metal material also ensures that the frame is very strong and not too heavy. The glasses have independent nose pads and bridges. This will make this design easier to mass-produce, and thus a wide range of sales. And the comfort and applicability of the independent nose pad are better, it can make everyone can wear it comfortably through its deformable nature.
This idea inspired me to use recycled plastic to make glasses as the raw materials for making glasses. It would be a good idea because these recycled plastics will reduce the pollution caused by plastics and reuse these industrial products. And the strength and weight of this material can meet our needs for glasses, so it will be feasible to use recycled plastic as a raw material to make our glasses.
This design inspired me to the basic design of the arm. A thicker arm can ensure a more stable center of gravity, while also making the arm stronger without adding too much weight. So this is a very good design. At the same time, there is a downward arc at the end of the arm. It is like a hook, which can make the eyes more stable on our ears. I think this is a very good design and I plan to add it to my design.
My design ideas
These are pictures of my design ideas. I first designed the appearance of the glasses. In the process of designing the appearance, I envisioned many types of designs, but considering my target audience, I think my design should be more conservative because it will be closer to my audience. Demand. After that, I began to consider other parts of the design, such as the arm and bridge design, and I conceived different styles of the arm. In the end, I decided to design a slightly curved arm, because this will make the glasses more comfortable. While designing the arm, I also made several designs on how to connect the arm and the glasses frame. This will make my arm fold up and make my product more practical.
These are three designs that I think are reasonable and I like very much
- windproof glasses
This is a design of windproof glasses. It has a very large coverage area and can well cover the eyes. At the same time, he uses the lenses of sunglasses, which can also block the sun. The nose pads of this eye are integrated with the frame. The nose pads extend back slightly under the frame, giving more contact area with the nose so that the eyes can be fixed more stably. And this eye has a bendable place at the end of the arm. By bending the end, we can make the arm better form a hook to fix it on our head to prevent the eye from falling off.
2. Round-frame glasses
This is my second design, which is a very traditional round-frame glasses. It will be made of plastic, so the glasses will have higher strength and lighter weight. This will be very suitable for long-term wear, especially in schools, students may need to wear glasses for a long time, this design will be able to well meet the needs of the target audience.
My design prototype
This is my first design prototype. I used Adobe Illustrator to draw this prototype. And use 3mm cardboard to make it. This design prototype shows a lot of problems in my design. First of all, the overall frame is small, which is not suitable for high school students. At the same time, there is not enough contact area between the arm and the frame to connect them, which makes the glasses as a whole very fragile and easy to damage. So I need to change my design to improve these problems.
This is my second design prototype. I learned the lesson of the previous design prototype. At first, I added an area on the periphery of the glasses frame to fix my arm. Then I found that by cutting a hole on it, Allow the arm to extend in, which will more effectively increase the contact area between the arm and the glasses frame, and at the same time make it more stable, and then fix the arm by using hot melt glue. And I also increased the size of the glasses, but I did not manage the size, so this time the prototype is slightly larger. At the same time, I found that the position of the nose pads of the glasses is slightly higher, which makes the nose pads unable to provide effective support for the glasses, and the glasses are not very stable to wear.
After learning the lessons of the previous design prototype, I once again modified the size of the glasses to adapt it to my own wear. At the same time, I also made the nose pads more down, so that it can effectively support the glasses. This time I also directly used recycled plastic to make it. This is also an experiment with materials, because for me this is a brand new material, and I don’t know how it will change my design. But from the results, I am still satisfied with the performance of recycled plastic, because its weight and strength meet my needs. The drawbacks are that the thickness of this material is still uneven and the laser cutting melted the recycled plastic, which caused me to deal with these areas that would affect the appearance.
Some changes to my design
Considering the practicality of the glasses, being able to fold and store them will greatly improve the portability of the product, so I decided to make some changes to the original design so that my glasses can be folded.
The first solution allows the arm to rotate by changing the connection between the arm and the frame, but this solution limits the angle of the arm’s rotation. If you want to make the arm fully folded, you need to change the design of the arm, so I didn’t use this solution instead. The second option was chosen. The second solution is to add an extra part to extend the frame part and drill holes in the middle through the notch and the protruding part of the arm so that the arm can be completely folded. At the same time, this extra part can be directly added to the original frame, so I only need to change the design of the arm without having to cut a new pair of glasses.
Original arm design (top two) and modified arm design (bottom two)
Justify design choices
I think this is a good design, it meets the needs of my target audience, and its strength and appearance also meet my expectations. First of all, this is a very versatile design, most people can use it directly, which makes this product easier to popularize and use, which is very important for a product. Secondly, this product is made of recycled plastic, so it will not cause any pollution to the environment, and it can even alleviate the harm of plastics to the global environment. And the strength and weight of recycled plastic also meet the needs of the target audience. It can withstand a certain degree of bending and squeezing, and the lighter weight can also allow the wearer to use it comfortably. But at the same time, this product also has some problems. The first is the instability caused by the material. Because I considered the thickness of the recycled plastic to be three millimeters when designing, but due to technical problems, the thickness of the material is not even. The whole material is The unevenness not only caused me a lot of trouble in the production process but also made the product full of uncertainty, because the quality and parameters of the product may be affected by the uncertainty of the material. Secondly, for some people, wearing glasses for a long time may cause some troubles. For example, my skin and hair will secrete oil, which makes the glasses unstable.
How is your final design concept an effective response to your user? What makes this design successful?
My design is successful and satisfies the needs of the target audience well. My target audience is isb high school students. My product can meet their wearing comfort requirements. At the same time, the weight of this product is also very light, and it will not feel tired because of long-term wearing. At the same time, my design is also very environmentally friendly, echoing the concept of ISB’s sustainable development, so that my design will not only not pollute the environment, but can even reduce the damage of plastics to the environment.
What went well with your process and product?
The design part in this project went very smoothly, because I have worn glasses for many years, so what are my needs for high school students for a pair of glasses. I can quickly and clearly locate the function of my glasses and start designing, and constantly improve my design during the production process.
What would you improve if you had more time?
If I have more time next time, I hope I can perfect the connection between the arm and the spectacle frame, because this will be the most important part and functionality of the eye. If the arm and spectacle frame can be firmly connected, this will make my design more practical to use.
What will you do differently next time and why?
Next time, I may try to change my thinking and design some glasses that can highlight the characteristics of the audience, because glasses are a kind of objects that are easy to be observed, and it will be very interesting to be able to show personality on them.