DesigNote — ME 110: Intro to Product Design
Class project for ME 110: Introduction to Product Design, taught by Alice Agogino at UC Berkeley, January – May 2010
We had a fairly metacognitive design project: to redesign the designer's notebook. We began by interviewing students, artists, professors, engineers, etc, who did design work of some sort and kept a journal. From there, we organized needs in a variety of frameworks, and then used those to create a new notebook solution to better fit into designers' notebook preferences.
Some early concepts from my design journal, about what tools a designer could use.
Some pictures of the people we interviewed and their journals. As part of our project, we tried to use some tools that other designers might use — we collected our photos on a flickr account, because few designers print out digital photos and paste them in their journals. We identified and addressed the need to cross the "analog" and "digital" worlds in our product; most designers we interviewed took many digital photos, and did research on the internet, but still insisted on keeping a paper journal for their ideas.
Organizing needs into frameworks. Above all, we learned that stickies have a lifespan on their stickiness — about five frameworks' worth of sticking and re-sticking.
An insight from our process: the horizontal axis is the number of people information is shared with (one person, a small group, and a large population), the vertical axis is the medium (a journal, page handouts, and could-based services, like google docs).
My group, during a late-night design and prototyping session in the Berkeley Institute of Design.
One part of our final product: an accordion-style journal, with removable and replaceable signatures.
The removable signatures allow for use of the same journal, while replacing older pages with fresh ones. Furthermore, the accordion fold allows for multiple pages to be open at once for reference, and also for continuous scanning of the entire journal in one action.
The second part of our DesigNote concept: an iPhone application that facilitates the simple tagging of information. The user selects a type of media, whether picture, video, bookmark, location, etc, and the application gives the user a code to write in their notebook — effectively "inserting" the digital media. The designer can then "read" that tag (using the iPhone's camera and OCR), and be taken back to the original media.