A DESIGNER'S CUBE

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Sticky note dispenser with a spin for task and time management. 

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prototypes

 PROTOTYPES: cork, wood, plastic, and vinyl / wood combination

Hollow and solid prototypes were made using cork, foam, and basswood. Problems were revealed after testing the cubes. The dry-erase cube could not be handled without wiping off the marker, likewise the sticky note pads quickly became mangled. This informed the need to cushion and protect the corners and edges with a bumper or guard. The final versions were 3D printed in hard ABS plastic and high density rubber for impact resistance.  

This informed the need to cushion and protect the corners and edges with a bumper or guard. The final versions were 3D printed in hard ABS plastic and high density rubber for impact resistance.  

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Impact assessment of MATERIAL USE & WASTE

This section examines three ways to make a cube with the goal of understanding the cause and effect of decisions made at the design and building phases.  Is it possible to make a cube that produces zero waste?  

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A TOOL FOR TASK MANAGEMENT

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A TOOL FOR TASK MANAGEMENT

In addition to dispensing sticky notes, this cube can be used for managing a to-do list. The idea is to reduce personal bias by introducing random chance into the decision making process. When looking at a to-do list people generally begin with the most enjoyable tasks and avoid the difficult ones. What matters most is that we clear the cube before adding new tasks.

It doesn't matter what we start with, only that we give equal time to each task

The average person can hold around seven tasks in their working memory, plus or minus two. Beyond this number, our storage capacity wanes and tasks on a larger to-do list inevitably will be ignored. To reduce cognitive load there are three main ingredients; too many choices, too much thought required, and lack of clarity– all of which disrupt our ability to take action.

This method can be used to promote diplomacy and action; a family of six people can reach consensus on where to eat dinner by writing their favorite restaurant on the cube– everyone has equal say.

DIGITAL PLATFORM

In creating a digital version of this task management tool, it is important to retain the a playful, almost kinetic interface just like the real cube provides why its tossed across a table. Otherwise, it can become 'just another note taking app.'  

 
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As a stand-alone digital platform, the Clear Cube app broadens the interaction allowing an unlimited number of tasks to be entered by speaking, writing or syncing with the calendar. A timer and alarm can be set to each task and in lockout mode, the phone freezes push notifications and the use of other apps. With an arm gesture like skipping a stone on water, the user sends the cubes bouncing the cubes bounce around the smartphone screen. 

The cross platform artifact is a smart cube and app pairing. Contained within the 3” smart cube is a Li-ion battery, Bluetooth chip, 3-axis directional sensor, and vibration motor. The user can simply arrive to work, roll the cube on their desk and their phone will display the timer. If the start button is not pressed within 3 minutes, the cube will begin vibrating as a reminder to begin the sequence.

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The average person can hold around seven tasks in their working memory