• Competencies B1.1 Delayed

These are my competencies

This is competency level for my B1.1 (delayed) period. All the knobs displaying my grade for my competencies are relative, because my view on what the highest possible awareness is may change over time. If you want to compare it to my reflections on the competencies for the B1.2 period of last year click here

Growth

Teamwork and Communication

As for teamwork and communications, during this semester, I did learn enough to be able to say that I have progressed on these abilities. When I look back on how I was during the first year for in Industrial Design, and when I compare it with this year, I can see that I have made some progression, yet there is still enough room left for improvement.

During this semester, I can see that my sessions with the psychologist have payed of, as I am way more communicative on what I do. While there were some difficulties with the beginning of the smell project, I did not have those during the Design project.

Also during the USE learning line course of quartile 2, I find myself being in charge of what is happening, and I am the one who is leading the pack, so to say. This somehow does boost my confidence to do this more, and be more of a leader.

To progress more in this part, I am also going to participate in a commission at Thêta.

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Design and Research Processes

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Technology and Realization

During this years project, we had to participate in the multi-disciplinary Design project. In this project we had to create a rescue vehicle, which would be able to rescue little “ducklings”, billiard balls and small foam cubes. To rescue these objects, we had to create a small vehicle which could be controlled from a distance. This meant that we had to do some programming and we had to realise the vehicle itself.

This meant that we had to go and find what would be the best to use as engines, lights, ways to carry the objects and how we would make the vehicle move around. Coming up with a plan, we created a lot of good ideas, from which we took the best abilities and put those together. While we were doing this with a multi-disciplinary team, we had sometimes problems with communicating, making clear that understanding the skill to understand scientific ways of communicating is of utmost importance as a designer. This is something that is nifty to apply in the upcoming years and in a possible career.

Also during this year, my little brother is doing his last year in secondary school. Here he has to do a final project for Physics. To do this, he made a Midi-controller. But due to the facts that there were a couple of things wrong, he asked me if I could take a look. When I came there, they had no technical drawings of anything, making it clear for me that when you want to realise a project, you should always be really good in the documentation of what you have done, and how it works.

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Creativity and Aesthetics

During this year, I did not have a great ability to improve on this competency, as our prototype should be concealed. Though this does not mean that I did not learn anything at all, as having an prototype which should be concealed also needs certain aesthetic choices. Next to this, we wanted to influence people with an sense which is not used or explored that often. We used the sense of smell for our project. This meant that we had to do a lot of research on the way smells are perceived for persons.

We had to design a prototype which would release a smell in a subtle way. This taught me that a prototype does not always has to be appealing, or visible. This is really something that I can use as an experience for upcoming projects.

Another project was the Design project, in which we had to make a rescue vehicle. In this project, we had to design a “rescue-robot” which could rescue small “ducklings”, billiard balls and foam squares. This was a scaled down simulation of saving people in a damaged building. We had to create the vehicle with certain restrictions and goals, which you had to come up with. This made me learn another way of designing, as before we did not really had us give ourselves restrictions in this way. As the robot has to be “friendly”, as not to scare the unfortunates.

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User and Society

In the project (smell project), which I started this year, we wanted to create a product focussed on a specific user, something that I had not yet done before. This meant that we really had to do research about this and that we really had to get to know this specific kind of user. While this does not really implement the differences in cultures, it does focus on the different mind-set that this particular kind of user has.

During this project, we thus learned how certain things can influence people in certain ways. Having learned this, we immediately started with user testing people to find what smell would be the most optimal to use. This really helped in the forming of the process, as we had some ideas that wouldn’t have worked, yet which we would have used. As well as the last questionnaires and just asking and talking about the last user test helped us a lot in gathering information about the experiment, and the acceptation of the prototype by the users.

I can really see how the user testing has helped us coming to the final product as we are now. It has had a great influence on what we have done. This is as well because the project really focussed on a specific group. This experience is definitely something that I am going to use in future projects, as it is from great importance to create projects more towards and for the users.

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Business and Entrepreneurship

During last year, I did not really focus on this competency, although it was then called Designing Business Processes. I really had the idea that bringing a design onto the market would be a really simple task. But the opposite is true, as I am now following a USE learning line in the aspect of New Product Marketing. It has really opened my eyes on how difficult it is to bring your product on the market.

During the course of this first part of this learning line, I have already found myself to have learned more about this competency, than in the past year. I now know the primitive basics on marketing your product, and I find myself to still be able to learn a lot more.

So I still see this competency as not yet having reached the awareness I want it to be.

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Math, Data and Computing

I have not yet been able to really go into this competency, as I did not have to use certain applications to learn about the use of mathematical schematics and models. The only thing that I have been able to do for this, was to do research and small models for the engines of the robot for the Design project.

Yet, during the next semester, I will be able to learn more about this competency, as I then have the basic courses of modelling and USE basics.

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Self-Directed and Continuous Learning

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