AUXILIARY X BCF JOURNAL
Our epic 17 week program kicked off in October with facility inductions at The Edge, State Library of Queensland. Their Fabrication Lab offers CNC routing, 3D printing, laser cutting and more - all the tools you need to go from ideas on a page to reality. From there we leapt right into the project introduction, brief delivery, ethnographic research tools and techniques, and expedition preparation.
WEEK 2 - THE EXPEDITION
True design research happens in the field. Empirical research leads to insight, and insight leads to strategy. Therefore the start of our design process was as hands-on as you can get; a 5 day camping expedition to Teewah Beach and Elanda Point, Queensland. After weeks of careful planning we were ready to load up 3 vehicles' worth of camping gear courtesy of client BCF, with an early departure planned for the following morning.
TEEWAH BEACH, QUEENSLAND
After passing through Noosa North Shore we made our way up the beautiful stretch of Teewah Beach, en route to the Freshwater Camping Area. Halfway up the beach we decided to take a snack break that just happened to coincide with giving Neil's Land Rover a little bit of a breather...
After finding the perfect campsite we established our centre hub - several interconnected gazebos that formed our 'great hall', and then proceeded to set up a series of micro sites with a variety of vehicle based shelters, tents and swags. Observations and insights came thick and fast while dealing with all the usual pain points and learning curves you can expect from a campsite setup. The first half of the trip at the Freshwater Camp Area gave us the opportunity to experience total off grid and self-sufficient camping.
ELANDA POINT, QUEENSLAND
On Day 3 we picked up camp and moved inland to Elanda Point for a different, on-grid campsite experience. Packing down is often more effort than setting up, but many hands make light work. Once the setup at Elanda point was complete, we hit the ground running with continued insight capture and synthesis in anticipation of an on site presentation to the BCF team.
INSIGHT PRESENTATION TO BCF
Our research expedition culminated in an insight capture presentation to the BCF team, who made the trip up to our Elanda Point campsite. Designers presented highlights from their ethnographic research and interviews, particular pain points they themselves experienced, and high level problem identification as it related to their specific briefs.
Back in civilisation after the expedition and we wasted no time delving into viscom sketching drills and innovation strategies.
What's the measure of good design? We put a fully-loaded Tesla Model X through its paces based on Good Design Australia judging criteria; form, function, safety, quality and innovation.
VIRTUAL PRESENTATION TO BCF
Insight captures gave way to innovation strategies and the designers gave a remote presentation to BCF at the end of week 4. Wondering what they came up with? That part is confidential for now...
Feedback from the client received and concept development begins with sketching, sketching and sketching some more.
Did we mention sketching? Week 6 saw initial concepts rigorously developed along with proof of principle prototypes.
Before breaking for the holidays we convened at the State Library of Queensland's Business Studio for initial concept presentations to the client. Big thanks to the BCF executive team for coming down and providing tangible feedback to the designers.
2018. After a well earned break we reconvened for design refinement based on client feedback. We also began CAD development courtesy of sponsor OnShape, who provide a powerful and revolutionary cloud-based CAD platform.