:: Specific Design Brief
Practical Action 7:
PRODUCT DESIGN TEXTILES UK
GENERIC DESIGN CONTEXT
over the world, people have to carry a wide variety of equipment or goods to
do their jobs the tools of their trade. Investigate the problem of
carrying equipment. Design and make a sustainable method of carrying
equipment or goods for the person or occupation of your choice.
SPECIFIC DESIGN BRIEF
Joiners in the UK have to carry large amounts of tools, nails, screws etc. when
they work on building sites. Investigate the equipment joiners use for carrying
equipment. Design and make a sustainable method of carrying tools/ equipment that is
practical, safe (can be carried without damage to backs, and up and down ladders),
and which is better than the existing methods.
At present joiners usually use plastic boxes for getting tools and materials to
and from building sites. The most common problem is that the hinges or clasps of
the boxes break before the body wears out. So they buy a new box and throw the
old one away. In the past joiners used wooden boxes and hessian bags, both of
which used more sustainable materials. Design and make a container (or
containers) for a joiner to carry tools in.
There are joiners in every town. You might find a company or individual joiner
who is willing to act as your client. Discuss
with them their needs and how their activities or products could be made more
efficient and more sustainable. You can find out from the joiner the exact
nature of the tools they carry every day (types of tool, sizes and weights, and
how they need to be protected).
The plastic boxes currently used are based on non-renewable resources
When they break they are thrown away
Manufacturing plastic boxes can give rise to toxic emissions
Are renewable or recycled materials a possibility?
Is it possible to design and make more robust system that lasts longer?
Carrying the boxes currently in use is unsafe people can hurt their backs,
and carrying them up and down ladders is not easy
Is there a market for customised containers for joiners tools?
If you decide
to work on this design brief, don't forget to consider the issues of
sustainability in the different phases of your designing and making.
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