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.