Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Scoliosis + Kyphosis Project

hELLO to everyone! This is my 4th year individual project, so I have decided to design a new back brace that will help in the treatment of scoliosis and kyphosis. It will be in connection with a chiropractic, or an orthopedic.
A back brace example for those who don't know what it is:
I firstly did a lot of market research and then created the following patient journey maps using some of Snook girls templates (which I was remembered from a class we had):
They show the happiness level as it go through the whole process, which is represented by the red line. I did it with an actual user of a back brace which its now 16 years old and started wearing a Boston Brace at 15, and also considered myself experience when i went to the orthopedic, and when I actually visit doctors.

I am going to add my final idea concepts and I will try explain how is going to work because people don't usually get it. So the following is kinda the final product:

So its like an X shape and the edges of the product are going to act opposed to each other, and that way the reduce/correct scoliosis angles. For kyphosis correction the body it will be pulled by the upper frond part towards the back and it will act against, or it will be supported by the belt part and the whole spine structure part.
For larger scoliotic angles I was thinking that only one from the X link could be used, and going through time the second could be later set on in order to push more the body. 
The X links it will be adjustable according to the patient problem and also the 4 pads at the sides will be adjusted for easy fitting by the end user. The user will push a small button at the side to loosen the bads and take off the brace and again the same button to tighten the bads and put on--this also gives the user the freedom to select how tight he/she wants the pads to be on her body off course their will be a security point so the patient will get treated.
By making the product that way the user can actually wear it for much less hours a day in order to get treated, instead of wearing a brace for 20 hours or so.
I have try to keep the product as minimized as possible, so it won't be uncomfortable, and also less invasive to the body. Off course, in order to clarify the hours needed to be on the body real testing must be done, by building and testing a real product on a dummy doll many times and then on humans beings. I don't have that ability so I am not going to actually build a real product I will try do my best though and I will put a video when I am done in about a month from now.
Also the spine part is going to allow some kind of movement to the user, is not going to be able to make large bending to the side and to the front. 
In order to achieve that the internal structure of the spine will be inside made by spheres/balls, springs, small plastic parts and wires. 
The balls and the springs are going to pass through the wire which will also pass through a small piece of plastic, I don't know if it's quite clear on the above image but I have try to make the spine part works actually as a spine but not that freely as the user body must be maintained in a specific position. 

A small summary of where I was before a 3 months time.
I hope you understand what I am trying to do. 
The most important part is that the patient is not required to wear for a long period of time per day, as it does not help to keep your bones and muscles stable and not moving. Also the user which usually are teenagers going to school can wear it after school and no one would really know. So it will improve the psychology of the user. 
 A few ending points I will wanted the opinion of the people who actually have wear a back brace on something which seams really crazy and everyone who wishes to give his/her opinion: I was thinking that side pushing pads (the yellow part on the top image) could be developed and small microphones could be inserted so the can play music by simply plugging in your mp3/4 at the front. That would make the product somehow visible but it will give it something cool in my opinion. 
I am waiting for your comments and I will try have soon a more clearer 3D-CAD model to show to everyone.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

New glasses

I have got my new glasses today... the prescription is lower than before and I think I am going to have a few problems adopting to that. The doctor said that is better for my eyes but I really thing i m going to get really strong headaches with the new ones.
They are quite big on my face, but alright at least I can see more wider space with them on.


Saturday, March 12, 2011

Jammers in Scotland "GSJ11"

iS REALLY Amasing! hOw people can actually work together on Something without actually being told about it beForE and at the same time have fun. It has been a good experience attending at the event.

We have been looking around many,many different areas, sections, and ideas. With a very open theme really people can be more creative and productive. Initially working with Post-it-Notes! everyone could very easily get their thinking out in the board, kinda in a boat and then taking a small trip through the ocean we end up, at some different ports/small islands. 

Then taking forward a small and non important island into creating a more visual service. Taking the words and breathing/bringing them into life. Taking them by the hand and walk them through like you will be doing with your child. Always every idea is like a single seed in a huge field waiting for the right time to grown, but it needs the right amount of light, water and care as well. But also in that huge field there are many other seeds, thousands of them. So, there always going to be some of them that they will die in the process.

The space where we were/are working was really great, even though it was quite chilly. I really thing a designer and every person need quite a lot of space to work sometimes, but I know from my experience that really amazing things and outcomes can be achieved in a really, really tiny space.

At the end designing and creating is not the things that you have but the things that you actually produce. You might know a lot and most of the time have an idea in your head going all around but you have to actually seat down and test, and document them. 


Jam Global Service In Scotland

Global Jam Service design event in Glasgow, at tHe LightHouse, Gallery 1. Really great experience and very interesting new people. To see how they work, how they think and how they interpret specific situations and experiences.
Jammers!!! Yeah!!! The theme of the designing point it is (Super)Heroes, really extraordinary theme and also really open. Is like is saying make something really great and cool and crazy, and at the same time something moral, you know!! like :save the humanity!, do something for the people!, without expecting any profit from it.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Branding and Logos

iS a good point to start Branding and Designing Logos for companies....
Just a few logos I did in the past I will upload a few more soon...


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Bored- Projects

Have a lot to do, projects.... Έχω κουραστεί πραγματικά, και βαριέμαι να τα κάνω... Σήμερα πρέπει να τέλειωσω τις διαστάσεις για το προϊόν που σχεδιάζω και τα ματια μου κλήνουν απο την κούραση. I am really tired....

Τoday in the class we were discussing about branding and how different brands are thinking.. It was interesting and even if you know many things, sometimes a good revision is very important in order to remember what you did, and actually use it. I find my self many times not actually using what I am learning which is really stupid, because when you/I use them my projects are more structured.
I really need to get focused and do my work, before is to late and I get really stressed.


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Are people what you expected?

Never trust people that when you see them at the first you go "He/She doesn't seam to be nice", because at the end unfortunately most of the times you are right. When someone, seams like that the first impression always matter the most. Even though many times people do act differently in some situations, but after those moments they are always evil, they are always their selves. So the outcome is that never trust and be open to someone like that. Always keep in mind that they are laughing at you, and they are what you thought they were.

Do not trust someone that looks bad, because he/she most probably is.


Friday, March 4, 2011

500 Worlds for Me as a Brand

Well, when I think my self as a brand and I want to do in the future I get really confused. I want to do many things in my life. I write and I want to achieve something as an author someday,and I really enjoy it. I also really love painting but I need the right environment to work and when I am not at that right environment I can't really focus and paint. Also I think to become a politician someday. I want to help many people and I was thinking also something, like service design, and I do like product design that's why I am studying on that.

My self as a brand is really color full as the one static thing does not express me, I like to do many changes, and I want to try many things in my life. As a character that what represent me as well, I even can get my self sometimes. I am still working on my brand.... Hopefully I will get it soon :)


Weird People

Everyday walking in the streets of Glasgow, falling on very weird people. Just today one guy in the street was looking drunk, ask me and my sister to cross an old man across the street, he was only about 27-28 years old and he had already crossed the street.

 The other day, we were walking down the street, and one guy at the crossing was saying hi to us. L.O.L. In the city streets usually we see many people looking drunk holding small baby's. You really fill sick when you see that kind of things...


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Τρελλη μερα

Ακόμη μια τρελλή μερα να σκεφτομε για μαθήματα εργασίες κ.τ.λ. Είναι πολύ κουραστικό, και έχει καταντήσει κάπως ανηπόφορο πλέον.
Πολλη δουλειά που πρέπει να τελειώσει και θα τελειώσει συντομα.