SharkBoard 
                By Michaela Miller
SharkBoard was created as a project that would function similarly to a store-bought longboard both in function and in aesthetic while creating a unique design. By piecing together multiple sheets of plywood, I was aiming to create flex in the board. While the flex did not function as I thought that it would, user testers advocated for the similarity between their store-bought board and SharkBoard. Throughout the process of this project, I went through multiple steps for the fabrication of the board. The first step was research, aiming to find out how to create a board and the materials needed. The deck itself was made using the bandsaw, sanding tools, clamps, wood glue, bricks, and a drill. For the aesthetic portion of the board I laser cut, stained the wood, added grip tape, and painted over top.  Wheels and trucks were also purchased to bring it all together.

Process Image Gallery
Initial Concept Sketch
Foamcore Prototype
Functional Prototype
Aesthetic (Form) Prototype
Video Demo
Project Feedback

Goals/Assumptions to test:

1. Determine if a user can ride the long board similarly to their store bought board
2. Assume they will be able to long board and are familiar with the feel of curvature on a board.

Characteristics of the user testers:

- Owns a long board
- Has intermediate skill with riding a long board
- Has ridden a long board within the past month

Establishing Questions
User Tester 1:
- Name - Kennedy Eldridge 
- Do you own a board? Yes
- How often do you ride it? - Average about once a month depending on the time of year.
- What is a characteristic you looked for in picking out your board? -
"I look for a unique, cool design on the board." 

Tasks for your users to complete with appropriate questions
- You are going to ride this long board. Please feel out the curvature of the board. How did riding this board compare to riding a store bought board?

"Other boards I have ridden in the past were more easy to turn based on the flexibility of the board. However, because this board has more control it was easier to ride. I found it to be very comparable to store bought boards. I initially really liked the unique design."

- Compare the amount of control you were able to have on this board compared to others you have ridden in the past.

"I felt like this board had good control! It definitely carves and turns well and you are able to have a lot of control in that." 
User Tester 2:
- Name - Nick Caruti
- Do you own a board? Yes
- How often do you ride it? - Everyday
- What is a characteristic you looked for in picking out your board? - If it is lightweight or not.

Tasks for your users to complete with appropriate questions
- You are going to ride this long board. Please feel out the curvature of the board. How did riding this board compare to riding a store bought board?
"Stupendous! Something that feels a little different is the flex but everything else feels the same." 

- Compare the amount of control you were able to have on this board compared to others you have ridden in the past.
"I felt like I had a lot of control on the board even though the flex felt different"
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