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Meltdown

 

PROBLEM FRAMING

The challenge was to look around my immediate environment for potential problems and use them as an opportunity to prototype a new design solution. What are some common, nagging problems people encounter everyday?

 

 
 
 

NAGGING PROBLEMS

 

  • Finding the right key
  • Water stain on mirror
  • Losing bottle/pen caps
  • Melting, dripping ice cream
  • 'Where did I leave my phone?'
  • Soggy sponge
  • Getting sand off feet
  • Searching through things in bag
  • Short cords
  • Squeaky door
  • Stains on a white tee
  • Dog/cat fur on clothes
  • Tangled hair
  • Dandruff on black shirt
  • White pants
  • Not having a hair-tie on a bloody hot day
  • Hair on the floor
 

BAD HABITS

 

  • Clenching jaw
  • Eating too fast
  • Rubbing eyes
  • Nail picking
  • Smoking
  • Playing with hair
  • Mid-night snacks
  • Procrastinating
  • Crossing legs
  • Sitting lopsided
 

THE MELTING ICE-CREAM

 
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EXAMPLES OF BAND-AID SOLUTIONS

 

Below are some “band-aid” solutions people around the world use and share as, “life hacks and daily living tips”. Some are ridiculous, some actually allow you to be resourceful with your left-over materials. Plus they're just fun to look through!

 
 

 

REFRAMING THE QUESTION

 

HOW CAN WE MAKE MELTING ICE-CREAM AN EXCITING EVENT?

 
 
 
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I came across an article about The Certa Fides Meltdown Analyzer TC 1, a cooled incubator that allows ice cream manufacturers and their suppliers to exactly analyze and document the ice cream melting behavior. The perfect ice cream has a creamy consistency without water crystals and melts smoothly and slowly.

I was inspired by the idea of the filter becoming a barrier, to build up anticipation and excitement towards a reward at the bottom of the ice cream cone. The ice cream will slowly drip down onto the delicious treats, as people realize that the only way to get to the treats is to wait for the ice cream to melt. 

 
 
 
 

ICE CREAM + BARRIER + TREATS = ANTICIPATION?

 
 
 

For my graduation show, I wanted to see how this idea could become an interactive experience. I created a mini ice-cream booth to serve three flavors of my home countries: Korea, Thailand, and Pakistan. I created the barrier/filter by baking mini waffle bowls that were perforated, so the ice cream would be able to slowly melt down onto the delicious toppings. This welcomed people to interact and ask questions.