This project involved an experimental method of generating product ideas. Open ended artefacts with no prescribed use were given to participants. After spending a couple of weeks with a design participants were then interviewed and through a quick process of co-design a new artefact was created and so the process continued. To exponentially increase the number of ideas, other people’s co-designed artefacts were also deployed to different participants. A range of artefacts were created with the final design being selected and refined through the input of all participants.
A parmesan shaker that could record sounds became a device for generating ideas. The participant wanted something he could pass around the office so different people could easily contribute to brainstorming ideas. The device affords passing and has a white board finish so you can add your question or problem.
The same parmesan shaker became a device that makes anonymous announcements in public spaces. This participant wanted something she could discretely text in order to tell her colleagues how she really felt, for example, “shut up I’m trying to work”.
Other iterations include a device that plays back memos when you open the front door, reminding the participant to take the bins out, or not to forget his laptop charger. And a device created by girl guides that allows them to record and hide clues.