Designing for Social and
Client: Indiana University/Purdue University
Our team approached this project with the main goal of redesigning the current bins to support the change from a multi-stream system to a single-stream system and to make it more convenient for people to recycle than to use the trash bins.
The existing recycling bins disappeared into the background so we proposed placing bins in high traffic areas and designed them vertically to provide a large area for our newly designed graphics, making them visible from far away. It was important that they still fit in with the existing architecture, so we used similar forms and materials to that which are already present in the surrounding architecture.
We created the slogan, “One Bin, All In” to be etched on to all bins to communicate the change to the new system and also designed a campaign to get student’s attention and make recycling a bit more personal.
Our final solution includes redesigned interior bins, updated graphics and campaign for interior and exterior bins, a proposal for an exterior roll-off with drive-up capabilities, and a central interior recycling center which provides education, information and opportunities for incentives and other programming activities and promotions.
Existing System Audit
Community Partner Interviews
Ethnographic/User Research Studies
Identifying System Needs
Analyzing Research Data
Bin Design (form)
Sustainablity Center/Roll-Off Designs
Scale Model Build/Test
Final Design Drawings
Final Community Partner Presentation
Research Tool Developer