Final year project
Final Year Design Practice Architectural Survey Device [Read more]
The aim of the product is to automate the surveying and CAD process. The design of this product had to focus on functionality whilst still being aesthetically appealing to the user. It will be used in a business environment and be taken to surveys with other tools.
By testing my electronics and user experience at each stage of development the product has grown into a simple yet effective product that is easy to use. The major selling point for this product is the electronic capabilities, therefore the prototyping of this was extremely important in finalising the design.
The scenario board shows the step by step process of how to use the product with all its capabilities. The device is mostly automated other than choosing the mode you want it to complete. There are two routes that the product can take in order to obtain data and both options once completed submit the data to the CAD system.
The product interface is simple and easy to use with only two buttons to step through the processes required. The two modes for the device to complete are footprint and height. Any step that needs to be taken is displayed on the LCD and confirmed by the user.
Straight view of product
With further development and research, the links between the hardware and software could be enhanced to create a smooth user experience.
I am a Product design Bsc student at Loughborough university, the way I approach design is logical and highly testing based.
My product is an architectural survey device that will automate the surveying process to help cut down the time it takes and make it more accurate. I realised there was a market for this whilst in my placement year at an architectural firm and used my research to design the best product to complete the task. By using testing of the electronics and interaction points it has developed to become more user friendly and give a simple and intuitive experience.
Final year project
Final Year Design Practice Architectural Survey Device
My year in industry was at Kent Design Studio an architectural firm that creates plans such as extensions up to large building estates. Whilst I was there I learnt new software such as AutoCAD. Working in KDS also gave me a chance to work under time pressures as I would usually be given two to three projects to work on at once, with a two week turnaround time. Working there also meant working in a team and learning different skills and technical info from each team member. I enjoyed my time at KDS and have been offered a place once I graduate.