Snowed in!

For the past week I have been snowed in my house unable to get to Dundee, so I have spent my week sketching other Lego ideas and trying to solve faults in my current one!

Hopefully I can get up to Dundee tomorrow for the Viva Briefing!


What’s Next?

From the feedback I will be exploring other ways a child could gain benefits from playing with Lego. I aim to keep the biodegradable Lego as the main component and work out other ways to implement and educational factor.

I will be working on packaging designs and colour schemes as well as user testing.

Mark i Presentation

The presentation went fairly well. I get very nervous presenting, but this is the first time I felt quite alright! I was the last to go in my group, which didn’t get finished until after 4! I felt everyone was really tired of listening and the feedback could have been a bit more encouraging, but I have taken a bit away from it.

I showcased my product and my design to my advisor and my lecturer, they seemed to really like the idea of the biodegradable Lego but didn’t quite understand why I was choosing to make a plant pot with it.

Which is a valid point. I find planting or gardening is a valid tool to have and the more open a child is to the idea when they are younger they may find themselves doing it when they are older. It shows the child how vegetables are grown and allows them to have this knowledge and participate in the process.

Fully biodegradable design

I have called the project “ecoplay”, combining two things that I am trying to achieve!

My concept is made for a child aged 6-8, I intend for it to be used with a parent or guardian or in a school environment.

The educational impacts are that it allows the children to gain knowledge of biodegradable products and why they are beneficial. If this knowledge is implemented from a young age, then it is more likely they will be reactive to it.

Concept packaging

I have gone with the continual piece of cardboard design. Each section has a cut out area for each product in the package, it keeps them from being damaged as they are neatly held in the package by the rest of the cardboard. I have opted for a green outer cardboard sliding design, this adds a little more anticipation to the discovery of the product!

More developed idea!

Children would get a package each, whether in the home or at school. They would be given in the package, Lego some seeds and a biodegradable bag with dried compost.

The children would then play with the Lego until they have no more use for it. Instead of giving the Lego away or binning it, they would be tasked to create a plant pot or design that could hold the bag.

The child would then be tasked to plant the seeds and wait for the plant to sprout. Then when ready they would plant the whole plant pot in the garden.

As time passed the plant will grow and the plant pot will decompose into the soil leaving nothing but the plant/vegetables to show.

This provides a fully biodegradable product.