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User Experience Map

I produced a info graph for the user experience map; this shows the life of the product in relation to the user. The main aspects of the experience for the product are; manufacture, Retail, Play Therapy and dispersal.

The Play Therapy section is the part with the most interaction with the target user as that is when it will be used.

User Experience map

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Safety

There are some features that have been put in place to ensure the safety of the table as it is designed for children. These include:

  • Lockable castors so that the table won’t move if the children lean on the table or knock it.
  • All edges are rounded in the design so there are no sharp edges for the children to hurt themselves.
  • All brackets and mechanisms are concealed inside the table tops.
  • The table tops can only rotate ninety degrees outwards to counterbalance the weight; ensuring the table won’t fall over.
  • There is a ballast weight to ensure the base is the heaviest; to prevent the table from falling over.

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Play Therapy

Reasons why the TWIST AND PLAY area is suitably designed for children in Play therapy sessions at school are:

  • It separates the children’s educational desks to their therapy sessions; this helps to make the child feel comfortable and not scared to be there.
  • It is portable and compact so that it can be easily moved into the necessary room the session will take place in. Also it is compact when not in use and rotates outwards creating a larger space when required.
  • There is a top table for the therapist to stand or sit at to assess the child.
  • The child has the choice to sit or stand at the centre table or sit on the floor at the base which gives the child full control of how they wish to play.
  • There is a sand pit in the base and a whiteboard surface on the centre table for the child to use as expressive toys.
  • All the toys required for the session are stored with the table so they are easily accessed.
  • The area is brightly coloured so the attention of the child is held while in the session.

 

The TWIST AND PLAY area is primarily designed for the use in schools for play therapy sessions. However, there are secondary community’s that could find the area appealing. These could include communities where groups and clubs are held; at a location that isn’t always set up for children.

For example, some churches hold clubs where children can play at; so the TWIST AND PLAY area could be ideal for these. This is due to the fact it is portable and compact so can be stored out the way for the rest of the week. Also the seats and toys are stored with the table so everything the child would need is together ready.

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1:1 Scale Model Diary

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The pictures show the finished full scale model for the table design; which is fully functioning. The table tops rotate outwards when in use and fold in when stored. The seat and toy box fit in the gaps of the table tops and there is a sand pit in the base.

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1:1 Scale Model Diary

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The table surfaces were sanded smooth and then painted to the desired colours; many coats were added to get the required surface finish. The wheels were then attached ready for assembling the table.

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Colour

To explore the colour scheme that will be used for the final concept the CAD model was used to create a variety of designs. I then asked a group of people to help choose the colours for the final design.

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1:1 Scale Model

Undercoat

25 26I Sanded the filler so that the surfaces were flat and then painted the base and two table tops with white undercoat. I will paint a few layers and then sand ready for the final colours to be used. Using the undercoat seals the MDF so that the coloured paint isn’t absorbed too much.

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1:1 Scale Model Diary

Filling and Fixing

23 24I used wood filler to fill all the gaps in the sandpit so that it can be sanded smooth and covered up all the nail tops with the filler as well. I then attached the brackets to the two table tops for the centre and top desk. I did this by pre drilling holes into the bracket and top. Then lined the holes up and put glue on the bracket and screws to fix them together. I also put wood filler over the nail tops on the two table tops ready for sanding.

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1:1 Scale Model Diary

Sandpit Base

21 22I glued the plywood around the outside of the base and put some nails in to hold it in place; the correct depth and shape of the base is now complete. The lid sits flush over the top of the sandpit for when its not in use. I then rounded off the top and bottom side of the base so there were no sharp edges.

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1:1 Scale Model Diary

Sandpit Base

19 20To give the sandpit the round edge I glued the plywood around the inside of the sandpit resting against the MDF edge. I then glued the top MDF sheets on the top and nailed them down. This shows the full depth of the base has been created.