Often times in life we’re not granted with the pleasure of being the designers of something from the ground up. We’re not all authors, some of us are editors. And when working in the real world our projects are dictated by bosses and clients to which we must learn to adhere to their suggestions. That’s why this week we dove into the final stage of the Design Process, IMPROVE.
In previous weeks we had been concentrating heavily on the successful completion of our pool slide and sometimes forgetting to teach the exact phase of the design process we are in. So we went back to teaching with a hint of the pool slide in it’s lesson. We presented the problem of having a semi working model of a pool slide that didn’t quite meet it’s goals. The mission from the boss was to take this other person’s design and improve upon it to meet the standards a real pool slide would have. This challenge was quickly gobbled up and completed. But often times in life we think we’re finished and another new constraint is added. We continued to up the challenges from the participants to design for a very NEEDY client that wanted curves in their slide, a long ride, a drop off at some point, and to start from a certain height. All these elements were met with a fearless designer and engineer who managed to successful complete these goals.
This was the last #MakerMonday for now and we’ll look to hopefully bring some form of this back next summer with a NEW design thinking challenge! Here are some highlights from this past Monday.