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EVALUATING AN IDEA (SAMPLE ANSWER)

V. Ryan 2011

 

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16. Which of your ideas is the best, in your opinion?

 
IDEA NUMBER:   1
 
Evaluate your idea by comparing it against your original specification - question 14.
   
1. The MP3 docking station must be within 450 X 400 X 400mm in size.The overall size of my best design is 400 X 400 X 400.
I have based my idea on the Art Movement ‘Cubism’. This means that the MP3 docking station is simple and functional in design.

2. It must be either retro or modern in design.
I think my idea will appeal to both teenagers and adults, as it is stylish.

3. It must appeal to teenagers.
The design will appeal to young people because it will be modern an include a range of functions / features.

4. It must allow the most popular types of MP3 player to dock with it.
My design will allow a range of popular MP3 players to dock.

5. It must be available in a range of colours / textures.
It will be manufactured in a range of colours, from high density polystyrene.

6. The purchase price must be less than 70.
The recommended price in the shops will be less than 70.

7. It must be robust and strong.
Because of its simple shape, it will be strong and able to withstand being dropped or knocked over.

8. It should have a range of features including: Remote Control, volume, bass, treble, loop play, continuous play, random play, favourites, USB connectivity.
It will have a range of features including: Remote Control, volume, bass, treble, loop play, continuous play, random play, favourites, USB connectivity.
 
 
 
17. Why is it important to evaluate design ideas, against the design specification?
 
The specification sets out design limitations. The specification is usually agreed by the customer / client. If a designer keeps to these limitations, then his / her design will meet the requirements of the customer. This means that it is extremely important that each idea is evaluated, checking that it meets the specification points. If it does not meet the majority of the specification points, the customer is unlikely to accept it as a potential product.
Evaluating a set of ideas, ensures that poor ideas are discarded and that good ideas are developed further. Although an idea may look very good (aesthetically pleasing), it may not be practical to manufacture.
Asking a ‘focus group’ to evaluate a product against a written specification, involves listening to the views and opinions of other people. This often helps in selecting those ideas that merit further development.
 
 
 
 
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