Carolyn King

3DS-mentors

3 Day Startup at Griffith

The 3 Day Startup is a short entrepreneurship program designed to drive collaboration and creativity in cross-disciplinary teams. It is a hands-on learning experience where participants engage in an iterative process – generating and researching ideas, forming teams, talking to potential customers, engaging with mentors, developing prototypes and pitching business ideas. The event I attended …

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Practical project step 5: Finishing the cabinet

The project was coming together now, with the cabinet assembled, wood stain applied, and the dial faces ready. However I wasn’t done with it yet. There were three more things to consider. Firstly, fitting all the electronic bits and pieces into the cabinet. Secondly, fitting the motors (driving the dial pointer needles) into the two …

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Festival-photo of billy kart race

Step 2: Immerse in the stakeholders’ environment

This ‘immersion’ stage is central to the Design Thinking process. It’s about understanding the people we are designing for, and getting to grips with the problem (or problems) to be addressed. As mentioned during the investigate phase, the Wellbeing Trail project includes various stakeholders, not just the end users of the design solution. I talked to …

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family walking in park

Step 1: Investigate the Wellbeing Trail context

As is relatively common for a community project, I started working on the Wellbeing Trail idea well before it became a defined project. My client at Samford Commons explained the basic concept back in April this year, and at that stage was looking to get buy-in from potential sponsors or partners. As these partners ranged …

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Steampunk sketch

Practical project step 1 – Getting started

This practical project requires us to develop a physical product that uses some of the enhanced design tools and technologies we have learnt about. The first step is to write the brief – define the objectives, the detailed requirements and the process to follow, and do any necessary research. I decided to work on something …

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Nautilus spiral shell

Starting the design thinking process

The Samford Wellbeing Trail started off as an idea – how do we make it a reality? On face value it is a simple project involving designing, communicating and promoting an event. However, as a community project involving multiple stakeholders, there are a number of complex issues to be addressed before the visual communication design …

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