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Wilson

In this project, I worked on designing a chair adaptation for our client, Wilson, a second grader who has dwarfism. I learned to design the simplest way, and that complex designs aren't always the best.

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01

Codesign

Wilson's classroom chairs fit him uncomfortably, and he asked our team to adapt his chair to fit his sitting needs. In our code sign, we discussed what he liked about his current setup and what he didn't like, along with what he would like to see. 

02

Ideating

In the beginning, we overcomplicated the ideas we had for Wilson's chair. Since we wanted it to be adjustable to fit his needs as he grows or uses different desks, we came up with complex mechanical solutions.

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Perkins visit

However, once we visited Perkins Assistive Device Center, they showed us that the best solution is usually the simplest solution. They showed us their 3-ply cardboard adaptive chairs, which used layers to simply adjust to the users needs. 

04

Prototype 1

We completely pivoted from our complex mechanical designs and decided to follow Perkins model of creating cardboard furniture. To our surprise, it definitely showed promise and Wilson was quite happy with this first prototype.

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Prototype 2

Given the updated dimensions and changes Wilson suggested, we solidified the final measurements for the chair to produce our final prototype that will also be our final. He expressed the desire for more layers, which will be our final modification.

06

Final

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