Define and inquire:
At first, I was looking up to create glasses that makes people looks smart, for example: Myopia glasses or learning glasses that smart people often wear. So, I searched up these kind of glasses and this images inspired me to have a basic idea of what my design will look like. My target audience for this glasses is either the smart scholars that over used its eyes on studying and needed a myopia glasses to read or the old man that can really see anything clearly and also needs the glasses to read.
But during my research, I unexpectedly saw the glasses that super hero in X-Man–Cyclops wear. This design fascinated me, I just realised that my previous design that I was thinking of might be a little bit boring and not stunning enough. The design that I wanted to do changed in to a glasses that is similar to what cyclops is wearing, because it looks cool and fascinating to me. There is also an image full of different types of glasses that made me more clear about what kind of glasses I will create, and my audience changed from the scholars and old man to teenagers that wanted the glasses to be cool and fascinating for them in order to make them look good and fashionable, teenagers often want themselves to look good, and that will be why these kind of glasses will hook their interest.
Later on, I found out that glasses cannot just look good. They must be used for something. So after some more research, I found some images of safety goggles, sunglasses, and ski goggles. I found out that most of them have a whole piece of the lens on the glasses instead of having two lenses. Multiple glasses with two separate lenses and have a thin connection between them make them easy to break. Being inspired by these eyeglasses, I decided instead of making two lenses. I will make a whole lens for the glasses to make them harder to break. This made it better for my target audience because teenagers often like to run around and break accidentally damage their lenses, which made the glasses hard to break, so it is much better for the teenagers.
Develop and plan:
When I first started sketching the first couple of sketches for the glasses, I want them to be suited for presbyopia and myopic population. I made a mind map for my glasses for what I want them to be like, and I drew the different sketches following my mind map. These glasses have the old fashion type of design, and their primary and only role is to protect the user’s eyes and make them see things more clearly if they have presbyopia or myopia. I drew multiple sketches for these glasses: perspective, isometric, 2d, 3d, and other different illustration types. These different types of illustrations make me more clear about what I am trying to make. The more sketches I drew, the more familiar I became with my design. The perspective and isometric drawing keep on adding details to my plan, and this also makes me more clear of what I am designing.
But later on, I realised that a the old fashion type of glasses is too boring to make. So, after getting some inspirations from the images on the internet, I made another mind map for my glasses and I drew a couple more sketches including 2D, 3D, isometric, and perspective to get more detailed informations. I tried to add different kind of things on my glasses: elastic bands and different lenses. After combining the images on the internet and the sketches that I drew, I have a completely new idea for my design. I decided to make a cool glasses that can have multiple usages. Having that thought in my head, I still tried to be more creative for my design, after trying a few more things on the sketches, I kind of know what will my final design be like.
Create and improve:
When I finished my planning and finally started to make the glasses based on my final plan. At first, I did not just begin to create my glasses. I did some practice on the laser cutting tool illustrator. The most important skill I learned on illustrator is using a different kind of pen tool. We did a learning exercise during class, where we have to outline the logo mainly using the pen tool, which made me more familiar with the illustrator.
After I got more familiar with illustrator, I started to design my first prototype of the glasses. But because I am not experienced with laser cutting, this made my first prototype not very successful. The arms of the glasses are too thin and too fragile for the glasses, and the glasses itself is also thin and not big enough for wearing. I got some experience from this prototype, I learned to check the size of the prototype before cutting it, and I got even more familiar with illustrator.
After getting feed back from the teachers, I tried to make my second prototype bigger and stronger than my first prototype. I tried to pull my prototype bigger on illustrator, but it didn’t really work out, because pulling the prototype in illustrator has led to a problem of proportions of the prototype. So I have to changed the width and length in a different way that won’t cause problems for the proportions. After I finally found a way to do that, a different problem occurred. From my pervious prototype, there is a problem that I did not realise. The arm of the glasses cannot attach with the glasses itself. So after a some feedbacks from teachers and other students, I made a little hole on both left and right side of the glasses, and I made added a protruding part to insert into the hole for attaching the arms and glasses.
The two prototypes have made my idea of design more clear, so after some adjustments, I decided to start laser cutting my final project. The adjustments I made is 1. Because the holes on the glasses and the protruding part of the arms don’t fit together, so I got some feedbacks from different teachers and then I adjust the hole on the glasses and the protruding part on the arms to make them fit more perfectly and had a few more tests to see how these well two parts fits . together 2. Because my second prototype is still a little bit thin for wearing, I made it slightly more thick and stronger then it used to be. The adjustments I made according to my observation and feedbacks from other seems to make my final product more finalised and better.
Share and reflect:
The final glasses that I create have an effective response to your user because the glasses I made have mostly covered all the aspects in my mind map. The arms of the glasses have a special hook to hold the ears of the wearer so that it won’t fall off easily. There are only on lens and a thick layer on top of my glasses which makes it more strong and last longer due to its hardness. Most importantly, because of the shape and arms of the glasses, it is pretty eye-catching, and if I have more time, I will add lens in to make look even better.
I think for this project I did well on trying out and learning through out the create and improve part. Even though my prototypes are not as good as I thought they will be, but I learned from the mistakes and I fixed them quickly. I learned and develop a lot of different skills and I have gain a lot more experience through out this process and I think that is what I did well for this project.
What I will do if I have more time is to add a colourful lens made out of acrylic in my final product. That will make my final glasses look much better and make them be more useful on sun protection and other things. I might also make the a flexible arms for my glasses if I have more time, because I can’t fold my arms, and that makes the glasses takes up a lot of spaces, if I make arms that are able to fold, it will be much better for the wearer. What I will do next time is making more prototypes for me to discover what will work the best for glasses. After this project, I realised the importance of testing and making more prototypes, this help me eliminate all the things that don’t fit with glasses and it will make me find out what perfectly fits the glasses