Shop vs Internet

I then started looking round various shops, just to see what was available within the budget.

I looked in home stores, supermarkets and department stores. Once you really begin thinking about the products available, it is amazing how much choice and variety there is, even just in Tesco’s! And really how cheaply you can pick up a electric hand whisk…or mini chopper, both around ten quid!

Without really meaning to, I avoided the internet completely…which for most shoppers, myself included, would be the starting point.

I wanted to see the product properly and be able to look at its moving parts, and how durable it was. This was more important to me than finding the cheapest price, or what other shoppers had to say about it.

Important to the in-shop buying experience was the packaging, the way the product was advertised on the box and it’s visual appeal.

The way that the shop had displayed the product was also important, was it crowded with other products round it? or standing alone on it’s own shelf. How the shop floor was set out and the space used also had an impact on the deciding/buying experience.

The physical shopping environment is very solitary. You often make a purchase based on your own judgement and thoughts at that time( perhaps with a little help from a persuasive shop assistant). Whereas, in my own experience, buying a product online is very much based on finding the best price, being able to search about for a good deal, and seeing what other consumers have said about the product, good and bad!

I felt that shopping online wasn’t going to benefit this project, I wanted to get started and have the product straight away, not wait for the post… and being able to have a proper look at the product was really important at this stage.

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Product selection

I began with brainstorming what kind of products would be handheld-electromechanical.

The chosen product should be small and handheld, making it easy to get to and from the studios.

It should be relatively durable, to withstand testing and taking apart/investigating.

Should be priced at under £20, no point spending any more than that, as the product’s functionality is likely to be destroyed…

Many of the products that fit into this criteria seem to be household/everyday items, such as hairdryers, hand blender…to electric screwdrivers and hair trimmers. This is what I aimed to look out for in the shops.

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Unexpected life drawing session today. So I wapped my sharpies out and done a colour study, then onto a bigger one as seen here. I didn’t have time to finish it but I quite like it like this. I also done some graphite pencil studies in my sketchbook and on cardboard and funky brown paper.

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Kids in the streets of Hiroshima

Photos by Emmanuelle Riva - 1958

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Guy Wenborne, Waste from the El Teniente copper mine, Chile, 2002

from the ‘Water Culture’ book, 2003 by Francesca Sorrenti and Marisha Shibuya 

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Singapore national stadium boasts world’s largest free-spanning dome


Singapore national stadium boasts world’s largest free-spanning dome

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I just think is so cool how we do these things

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veloloop for bicycles hack traffic signals by auto-triggering sensors

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Tian Tai No.2 Primary School| by LYCS Architects

Track and field, basketball court and a bunch of other cool facilities built on the roof of a primary school in China.

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Product autopsy:

Starting a new project at the art school. Identity.

The brief is to look at a chosen electro-mechanical product in depth, it’s mechanisms, materials and manufacturing. The aesthetics, branding and user cycle and experience will also be looked at.

The first step is to purchase a product, then analyse and document the product experience, from product purchase to interaction and testing.

The next step will involve dismantling the product, in order to understand the materials, production techniques and assembly.

Develop knowledge on functionality and mechanisms and learn technical/professional vocabulary. 

This is essentially a reverse engineering project.

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The EVO Utility Bike Is Designed for San Francisco

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Slackline Festival at Monte Piana

Surprising that the weight of their balls didn’t snap the line…!!

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berimbau light collection for bertolucci by atelier bam

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Syd Mead concept art from the Blade Runner 30th Anniversary blu-ray still gallery, part one: exteriors

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