The Subject process started off with the development of finding a need for a new design so by creating a mood board of my own personal interest i was able to identify the potential needs for a new design. When identifying the area in which i wanted to go into i decided to create several questionnaires that included questions on the ski gear and the potential issues they had and trying to build a target market at the same time.
The results of the questionnaire showed that people have decided to swap the ski goggles for sunglasses and this consequently showed a decrease in the amount of people using helmets as well creating a dip in the market .This allowed me to try and identify why people are changing there use of ski goggles to sunglasses and the research shown there was a trend in fashion showing the elegant of using sunglasses over ski goggles. So during my design process i had decided to start producing more elegant designs in the ski goggles that resembles sunglasses. This however only seemed like a short term solutions in the matter with market research showing a wide range of elegant designs being made however the cost to constantly change a pair of ski goggles can be very high so in order to cheapen the cost i wanted to implement an idea to be able to change the design of your ski goggles in order for people to keep up with trends without needing to spend an incredible amount.
The thing i would have changed would be the mechanism to change out the frame design to become more efficient and more accessible and also be able to show a few examples on the different types of lenses in order to gain a better understanding on how the product works .
During the field module i found that pursuing an already developed brief on RSA website helped the process of finding the ideas i wanted much better . However by doing this i had found there was a decrease in creativity due to the need to meet the briefs specifications. The research process began by identifying the problems and what could potentially solve the issue , the main issue that seemed to come up most often was the alarming increase of STDS/HIV patents that has occurred over the past 5 years. Realizing that this could become a potential brief the to help the way medicine is distributed in Africa, i began researching the areas itself . This research included the weather conditions as well as the culture aspect of the place and trying to identify the potential improvements that can be made. This allowed me to come across a product the called coke life which is a design that uses the unused space in between bottles to distribute and at a low cost . By studying the process from the product becoming a luxury to a necessity by seeing the vast improvements that the product gave to the life style of the people of africa ,created a higher demand making the product a necessity. This showed much promise in the method used so i wanted to implement the same idea however using a different method and form to distribute HIV pills. However as shown in my research the situations is not due to the demand but due to the supply of HIV pills was very expensive which lead my research to finding ways of preventing HIV/STDs . This lead my research to involve contraception which was a cheaper options and by using the unused space in exports we can potentially spread information about the need for contraception and the expanding the product to a larger range of people who live in more remote areas. If i was to do the project again i would have tried to communicate the idea behind the product and the potential impact the product could have and identify the batch productions and show how the batch production can be developed into more advanced models. Another factor i would change is the design to store more contraception and give more of a variety in choice .
Planning ahead of time with the production of the design process by going for an already designed brief from RSA in order gain a better foundation for the design process. By allowing myself to use a RSA brief i can design a revised brief more efficiently and at a faster rate .
The constellation task i originally found difficult at first because of personal reason i was a little bit behind on work causing me strain in trying to find a topic to do in my technical research report. The subject that caught my eye was the hydraulic subject ,the reason why is because hydraulics was used in many industrial and medical application which appealed to me as a designer. The reason for this was because hydraulics as a theory can be implemented into medical and industrial design, which caught my attention because those were the fields i would hope to go into one day. During the research stage of the technical report i began researching the history of hydraulics in order to gain an understanding of its development from its original concept and the effects on product design.
My research then carried on with trying to understand the depths of hydraulic for example discussing how pascals law can be incorporated into hydraulic designs. This lead my research discussing the newtons theory ,where the forces used on a hydraulic circuit can be calculated to support my own personal arguments. The research began expanding by comparing hydraulics to other systems and identifying the different advantages and disadvantage. This part of the technical research report consisted of discussing pneumatic and electrical motors. The research it self helped me show the different development stages in which hydraulics had become and how hydraulics was able to adapt to different fields of design. The research influenced my choice of doing a experiment that will compare the properties of a vegetable based oil to a mineral based oil and comparing the different types of oils. The oils chosen where able to be placed into a hydraulic circuit, allowing ,me the ability to test there physical properties in a product.
While identifying the different hydraulic systems i had decided to see if there where any down side in using hydraulics in more different production. Which lead me to the point of seeing a argument on hydraulic fracking which allowed me to gain an idea of certain patents that is needed for design ,expanding my knowledge and giving me a chance to explore my options for advanced design.
After finishing the experiment i began to notice some abnormal aspects and began to research the oils used in hydraulic. And in my research i saw there was a potential flaw in the filtering system in motor vehicles and realized the filters used in motor vehicles could still cause erosion and components to malfunction due to the by pass systems allowing dirty oil to be exposed to the components within the vehicle.
Today i tried experimenting with different oils and placing them into a hydraulic circuit inorder to see the different outcomes and properties that each oil had. With each oil used i made sure to record all its characteristics such as the thickness there heat tolerances and there ability to with stand freezing cold temperatures.
The oils used was a mixture of vegetable based products and mineral based products so we can compare the two and see if using vegetable oil can achieve the required properties. A total of three experiences where done one was placing them into a hydraulic circuit and the other was exposing the oils to heat and cold climates and see if they can still function in different weather conditions.
Trying to grasp the ideal target market i would like to appeal to by analysis other designs that are displayed in stores and trying to grasps the best possible data .This market research also allowed me to see if there was a potential area in the market where there could be development also having increased knowledge of the form and the functions theses product have.
Checking the prices of the most popular purchased products in order to gain a rough idea on how much people are willing to spend on the product. Also gaining some ideas on the how to display the product in order to gain a better understanding and method to attract the users attention.
Ski Goggles Components
The are two different basic shapes that goggles lenses can have. Flat lenses are flat vertically with a curve sideways across the goggles. Flat lenses are the cheaper type of lens, and are good for people on a budget. Spherical lenses are curve in all directions, and are shaped as if they were cut from part of a sphere. Spherical lens are more expensive, but offer better peripheral vision, and have less optical distortion.
The lens tint is the colour used to darken what you see when you look through a lens. Once you have been wearing a pair of goggles for a few minutes you generally won’t notice the tint any more, but its effects are still there. Different lens tints are better for different weather conditions, some colours make it easier to see definition in the snow when it’s low or flat light, and other colours are better at reducing glare from the snow when it’s sunny. Lenses that are good in low light generally have a lighter tint and a higher VLT (visible light transmission), whereas lenses that are better in strong sunlight generally have a darker tint and lower VLT. On most goggles the lens can be changed easily, so if money is not such an object or you are a very keen skier, you might have a different lens for each weather condition. Below is a rough guide to lens tints for different conditions:
- Overcast / Snowing – Yellow, Rose
- Sunny – Orange, Gold, Blue, Grey
- Allround – Amber, Rose
- Night Skiing – Clear
Many goggles have reflective coating on the outside of the lens that creates a mirrored effect. This type of lens is generally good for sunny weather as the reflective layer reduces glare from the snow. The colour of this mirror effect is not necessarily the colour of the lens tint though, as the coating applied on the outside of the lens works differently to the colour of the material that the lens is made from.
Virtually all ski goggle lenses these days protect you 100% from UV light, making sure harmful UVA, UVB, and UVC rays cannot get to your eyes.