Wednesday, August 11, 2010

eLearning Lesson for ADMT

You are now at the IDEATION stage of the 'Elderly Challenge' project. Several tools could be used to generate ideas. Some of them include:
  • Shape Borrowing
  • Product Analysis
You do not need to use all of them. Use only what is necessary to come out with a product idea/s that would help you address the 'Elderly Challenge'.

  • Acronym of Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Modify, Put to other use, Eliminate and Reverse
  • You may apply one or more of the above to generate your design ideas.
  • Some examples that are adapted from the design book ('The Creative Manager's Pocketbook' by John Townsend and Jacques Favier) are as follows:

Example 1: Using the idea of 'ADAPT' and 'MODIFY' to constantly see how new ideas and functions can be incorporated
Example 2: Using the idea of 'Adapt' and 'Combine' to combine some ideas creatively to obtain new products, or variation of products

You may borrow shapes from products around you and apply them to your product ideas. The SlideShare below shows some product ideas from applying shape-borrowing.

This is usually done for a few reasons:  
  • To ompare different products that are similar in function, or
  • use some triggers to further develop or build on your ideas
  • An example of a product analysis is as shown HERE

Your task for this eLearning work is to:
  1. (60 min): Use the ideation tools highlighted above to work on your product idea/s for 'The Elderly Challenge'
  2. (45 min): Record your observations, ideas, comments and other relevant information that would HELP you in coming out with an effective idea in the form of a JOURNAL, using Pages and/or others
  3. (45 min): Prepare your 5-minutes presentation slides for your presentation in weeks 9 and 10. The things that we are looking out for in your presentation are as follows:
    • Explanation of the design problems that have been identified
    • Justifications on why the product idea/s that are presented are able to solve the selected problem. These should include observations and research information
    • Presentation on the proposed product idea/s, taking into account research findings and any ergonomical and anthropometrical considerations, such as 'How is the product/s easy to use for the elderly?', 'How do you ensure that it is safe to be used for the eldelry?' and 'What is the size of the product idea/s being proposed?, based on your anthropometric information about the elderly?'


  1. The presentation is running one rite... like a video kinda of thing...... is not keynote presentation rite?

  2. Yes it is like a video kinda thing...

  3. For 1 and 2, do we add it in our Elderly Challenge journal or do we start a new pages document?

  4. Must you have solid research backing up your proposed solution? My solution does not have much background research behind it - most of the reasons is 'It's common sense that...'

  5. @Yan Jin, you can start on the journal that you have been working on if you have started on one, but if not, it would be good to start on a new document if you have not done so

    @Eunice, at times there are certain areas or decisions that should be made based on your research. Especially so in areas that requires you to further deepen your product idea, for example, the exact size of the product that you have thought of, or the features that you are incorporating into the products

  6. @Yu Chong, yes you would need to submit the journal at the end of the term and semester as part of your assessment

  7. Do we add in our google sketchup models of our product if we have any?

  8. By when must we complete this task(s)?

  9. What do you mean by design problems and justifications on why the product idea/s that are presented are able to solve the selected problem. These should include observations and research information? Pleas explain to me as easy to understand as possible thks:)

  10. How are we supposed to submit all this???

  11. @Jun Jie, yes you have to include the models, both SketchUp and actual working ones

    @Chin Fan, you have to prepare for the presentation in weeks 9 and 10, and the final products in term 4

    @FRIENDS, you have to firstly list out the KEY problem that you are trying to solve. Then based on the products that you have proposed and designed, how are they going to resolve this key problem. Observations from your previous visits to Bukit Merah Central, Khoo Teck Phuat hospital and Yishun's Northpoint, as well as your own other observations should be included to add more 'meat' to your journals

  12. Should our presentation be self-explanatory? Are we supposed to explain what we have done over the term, with the slides only as visual aids?

  13. @Aisyah, the journal would be submitted at the end of the semester, but would be checked by your ADMT teachers from next week onwards. For the presentation slides, you would have to prepare it for presentations in weeks 9 and 10

  14. @Eunice, you can do it both ways, either self-explanatory or the other. But the final presentation at the end of the Semester should be self-explanatory in nature.

  15. @ Yan Jin: Please continue with whatever that you have been working on for the elderly challenge in pages.

  16. How do we show the process of us thinking if we come up with a totally new product?

  17. @Nur Nadiah, you can show it through your annotations and notes on your sketches