2017 / Design Fundamentals

Cardboard Design - Usleep

2017 December

12 Days

My Role

Interaction Design, Product Design


Solo Project

Full process walk through

1.0 Research

Prompt : Create a physical cardboard prototype that functions as an iPhone 7 alarm accessory. Cardboard usage was limited, and only three individual pieces may be attached to each other. In addition, no glue, nails, or any sort of latching system may be used other than the cardboard itself.

1.1 Initial Design thinking :

The measurement of the success on this project is heavily based on the formalistic properties of the cardboard product and how innovative it is as an Iphone 7 alarm accessory. I wanted to take a goal directed approach on my design by proposing a problem statement as this was my first design course I had ever taken.

1.2 Deep dive into the problem space :

I started my project by doing a journalistic study with three different couples to find trends and have a more in depth understanding of sleeping schedules for couples. I was able to let my subjects accurately track their sleeping habits rather than reflecting too much on memory and recalling events in order to counteract biases that may present themselves in a traditional interview.

1.3 Quantitative data (survey)

After the journal study approach, I validated certain needs and dismissed parts of my original hypothesis. The survey below includes 36 responses that were targeted towards understanding correlations between synced up sleep schedules, communication problems and other interactions between couples.

1.4 Synthesized Insights

Most couples are willing to make an effort to sync up sleep schedules at night.
Waking up at different times in the morning is common.
Asking someone to come to bed early may cause passive aggressive sentiments in recently moved couples. (should be intimate experience)
Second hand screen brightness at night is extremely negative for a healthy sleep schedule.

1.5 Storyboard of Synthesized Pain Points

After synthesizing the pain points, the challenge was to convince my professors and peers this was an area worth exploring and designing for. Therefore I created a storyboard scenario of this problem space, showing how the current experience is not ideal for many couples, hinting at future improvements I plan to make.

1.6 Problem Statment

Based on my insights and synthesized storyboard, I proposed a problem statement for myself as the purpose of this design assignment.

2.0 Design

2.1 Design Principles

With approval from my peers and Professor, I moved forward to create three guiding design principles with the foundations built by my research and proposed problem statement.

2.2 Design Requirements

Based on my problem statement, and design principles I came up with a list of potential design requirements and iterated my design solutions based on the list below.

2.3 Sketching Iterations

Sketches were then made based on the design requirements, focusing on the formalistic qualities of the design.

The original intent was to use this triangular shapeshifting form to show unison and allow docking of two phones together. However, major critiques were given by my professors to this abstract formed triangle dock, mostly because it did not instantly reflect that it was designed for couples.

2.4 Scenario Storyboarding.

A new story board was designed in response to the original pain point storyboard with the new heart shaped design.

"USleep" is a specialized phone dock to improve the sleep experience for couples who sleep together, by reminding both parties to be mindful of their significant other during bedtime.

3.0 Testing

Due to the nature of this project, testing, iterating and designing is done in rapid successions and in a non linear process.

3.1 Paper Prototype Testing

Because of the significant effort required to create a fully functional cardboard prototype, my goal became to test with different paper designs to perfect cardboard interlocking techniques and placement.

Based on critiques and iterations, this twisting and locking interaction really caught my attention. I wanted to create a form shifting dock that changes from a pill to a a heart shape. The challenge here is to keep the build quality sturdy enough while ensuring all design requirements are met.

3.2 Testing Results

Multiple tests were conducted with different iterations of early cardboard and paper prototypes. Below is an image showing how the heart shaped piece is assembled from one piece of card board cut out without using glue or nails.

Resizing the slit of the phone for better fitment. (tighter without being too hard to insert or remove)
Adjusting the size of the whole assembly so it fits safely on a standard night stand or table.
Ensuring the twisting interaction offers enough friction for better tactile feedback

3.3 Revised Final Technical Drawing.

This is a revised perspective drawing of the final cardboard prototype showing how the attachment comes together and how the mechanical interactions work.

view the final deliverable (back to top)

Preview the Final Deliverable

"USleep" is a specialized phone dock to improve the sleep experience for couples who sleep together, by reminding both parties to be mindful of their significant other during bedtime.

Interaction Showcase.

For my final prototype, I managed to create a form shifting phone dock that encourages both partners to dock their phone at the same time to avoid screen brightness disturbing another partner's sleep schedule. When docked at the same time, couples can play with the phone dock to form a heart shape.

Design Analysis.

The product represents a pill form when only one partner docks their phone, however when both people dock their phone, the dock shifts into a heart shape. This interaction is designed to use positive reinforcement instead of negative reinforcement which may lead to further displeasure surrounding the relationship dynamic between the two.