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    A first year university project focusing on user centred design.
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A first year university project focusing on user centred design.  I selected homeless people as a demographic, a user group I felt were often overlooked.  As part of my UCD research I visited a homeless shelter to gain a better understanding of the requirements for the user group.
 
Often when people are rehomed a radio can serve as a source of information, entertainment and companionship. Features were kept minimal and icons were used to communicate functions as opposed to words.  This design decision was made to help overcome the issue of language barriers and illiteracy in some users.
 
The soft cornered edges and large radii help distribute impact force when dropped or knocked, this was essential as I found that portability was a key feature for a lot of users.  The radio could easily fit into a bad or a large coat pocket.
A selection from a drawing exercise to help understand form, function and features radios had developed over the history of radio design.
A selection from a drawing exercise to help understand form, function and features radios had developed over the history of radio design.
Understanding universal language of signage.  I asked people to arrange the tiles into the areas that they felt conveyed the functionality of the icon.  After analysing the data I was able to select the most commonly recognised icons and apply them to the desired function.
Button, knob and grill concepts that were adopted in the final design.
Cross sectional view of the outer rotating knob and inner button.
Blue foam annotations.
Cracking due to thin walls.  Early designs needed to be thickened up to avoid warping and cracking.
The main body was 3D printed using a ZPrinter in a powder material that was hardened using super glue.  The rest of the components were 3D printed using FDM desktop printers.  All parts were sanded, primed and painted.
Final prototype conveying form and aesthetics.
Renders showing colour variations.