So this week I had a little trouble working on this assignment. I had gotten into a little accident and had to go to the ER...
BUT NO WORRIES! I am still alive and (sort of) back in action to post for my brainstorming blog post.
My two problem solution turned questions were:
1. How might a technical pack protect the user/items from strong weather (i.e. snowstorm)
2. What can give a technical pack easier access to items while giving extreme comfort?
With those problems in mind I decided to create an activity where my Participants could partake in their individual settings as I recover. I could only gather three whom i could contact by long distance. I phone conferenced them to attempt to:
A. take a backpack that they found to be the most comfy to them
B. dance in it with as much weight inside.
Participants could pick any song they wanted and they could let loose however way they felt. this would help them feel a bit more silly for the brainstorming while being able to physically understand the functionality of a backpack.
LET THE DANCING COMMENCE
Song: Boss ass b**** by PTAF
"I felt a lot of imbalance in my dancing since the stuff in the backpack kept shifting around. if i had more stuff in it i know this would have thrown off my movements even more. the strap helped keep it stable, i know if i didn't have that then i would have had more issues with the bag flying around. after the song i felt the straps dig into the area between my neck and shoulders."
Song: Y.A.L.A. by M.I.A.
"While I was dancing the weight of the bag shifted with movement made. Not stable enough with amount of weight. With weight not evenly distributed it put stress onto my shoulders from the straps. Since I have back problems it didn't releave pain from my spine. The backpack may need cushioned shoulder straps and more durable material to be able to hold more weight."
Song: Candy by Mandy Moore
"The weight of the bag was mostly at the bottom which would throw me off balance a tiny bit as I danced. The weight caused me to slouch more when dancing. My straps are pretty padded, but I'd imagine without them they'd cut into my shoulders quite a bit and be uncomfortable.
This image taken from an editorial for V magazine and shot by Terry Richardson. Post shooting, a long shower was taken in an effort to cleanse myself from that man."
My friends were a little embarrassed at the sight of being photographed dancing in solitude, but after they felt a little goofy and silly when I contacted them yet again. Hopefully this loosened up their silliness while getting the blood flowing through their head by feeling more active. I also asked them to keep these thoughts in mind while creating ideas for the brainstorming part of our segment.
Since I was in recovery this week I had to use other resources for my brainstorming ideas. I contacted some friends who were able to reach me via email or sharing a google document with what they had in mind. With my free time (and my freehand) I attempted to visualize the ideas and see how well my drawings fit my participant's ideas.
The participants were to think of any ideas to address the two solutions i wanted to cover. They could be as far fetch as as their minds would let them.
I told them to consider:
Anything can be possible. pretend we are in the future five millennia from now and anything could be accomplished. Ideas are the main importance, not the function (as of yet)
These are the ideas i received from each of them:
after organizing the ideas i came up with three categories with overlapping categories between each of the main subjects:
Weather protection AND Comfort support
Accessibility AND Comfort/Support