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Megan West. Industrial Designer


Megan West. Mount Holly, NC mewest2@ncsu.edu

Student. North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC Bachelor of Industrial Design Graduation: December 2019/Spring 2020

Business Owner. Painted Self-Started Business Venture Make, Market, and Sell Kids Art Kits Wolf Tank Pitch Competition - Won $500 Feb 2016-Current www.etsy.com/shop/PaintedbyWest

Volunteer. Over 400 hours of volunteer work in the last 3 years


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met¡a Wearable Anxiety Relief


Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Physical Needs Food Water Shelter Warmth

Safety

Security Stability Freedom from Fear

Sense of Belonging Friends Family

Self-Esteem Mastery Respect

Self-Actualization Fulfillment

What Does Anxiety Look Like?

Light Headedness Headaches Irritability Hot Flashes Panic Attacks

Avoidance

Feeling Disconnected Over-thinking Depersonalization Negative Thoughts Second Guessing Worrying Can’t Sleep

Phobias vs. Disorders Phobias are extreme fears of something and can be overcome Disorders are a disruption in the systematic functioning of something and cannot be overcome

Shortness of Breath Hyperventilation Tight Chest Stomach Cramps Restlessness Trembling Sweating

Loss of Appetite Nausea


Types of Phobias and Disorders Addressed

Agoraphobia

Social Phobia

Social Anxiety Disorder

Panic Disorder

ObsessiveCompulsive Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental illness 63% of effected adults don’t seek professional treatment

Treatment Explanation

Weighted Garments

creates

Deep Touch Pressure (DTP)

releases

Serotonin

maintains

Mood Balance and Anxiety Levels


Opportunity Chart

High Tech

Noise-Canceling Headphones

Meditation Gear

Inflatable Vest Medication

Children

Adults

Fidget Devices

Weighted Blanket

Area of Opportunity No low-tech, adult product that can be used discreetly in public

Weighted Vest

Bean Bag Chair

Low Tech


Prototyping and Planning

Concept Development Weighted DTP

DTP

Looking at different thread widths and sewing methods

Testing out the order of construction

Looking at layering the tiles for added weight

Testing different clay tile sizes


Planning

Constructing 1

Choosing materials: fabric, cork, clay, thread

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Sewing blue fabric onto cork

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Sewing clay tiles onto blue fabric and cork

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Covering stitching with blue fabric

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Sewing the scarf attachment with pocket

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Attaching the scarf


Ways to Wear

Option 1

Option 2

Worn with scarf attachment

Worn discreetly under coat or cardigan

Weighted, 2 lbs Visually interesting tile design Calming blue color and soft fabric Keeps user warm

Weighted, 2 lbs Doesn’t draw attention Can be worn year-round


Roly-Poly Alternative Packaging Solution


Background Facts

2050 The year there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean

paper and cardboard are the most common type of packaging waste in the EU

1/3 How much of our trash is made up of packaging supplies

Precedents

Reusable Grocery Bags

Loop By UPS and Terracycle

Mushroom-Based Packaging By Evocative

The Rapid Packing Container By Henry Wang and Chris Curro

Replaces paper and plastic bags

Replaces cardboard boxes

Replaces paper and plastic bags

Reduces cardboard use


Shipping Information

Sketches

4x6x6 4 x 6 x 10 6 x 6 x 12 7x7x7

Truck Spills Not Enough Protection

1 ft3 or less

Most Popular Sizes

How are packages damaged?

Average Package Size


Construction Outer Fabric Protective Layer Inner Fabric Inner Fabric Protective Layer Outer Fabric

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Steps of Use

Edging

A few sizes cover a variety of different sized objects


GeoLumeo Lighting for a Busy Student in a Small Space


Target Audience College Student

Cluttered Lifestyle

Changing Spaces

Small Living Space

Stressed

Simple Aesthetic

Easy to Pack up

Compact and Versatile

Element of Fun

Goals


Ideation

Read

Hang

Navigate

Study

Connect


Model and Construction Flat Pattern

Plastic

Plastic

Metal


Swivel Power Tool for a New User


On the Market

Ryobi $40

Black + Decker $49

Craftsman $58

Ridgid $60

Hitachi $89

Dewalt $115

Bosch $129

Common Features

Battery and Charger Sold Separately

LED Light

Multiple Speed Settings

Extra Handle

Level

Belt Hook


The New Wave of DIY Culture

1960s-1970s

DIY was another way to reject big business, corporate systems, and political control

1990s-2000s

DIY lost appeal due to a good economy

2005

Etsy Instructables YouTube Launched

2010

Pinterest Launched

2012

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis release Thrift Shop

2007-2008

Economic Recession and the Internet start a new wave of DIY Culture

The New User

User Targeted Aesthetics

Easier Usability

Better Stability

Inexperienced with Power Tools Lower confidence with power tools

Smaller Hands


Product Analysis of Power Drill

Electronic parts can be rearranged to fit the form Outer Shell ABS Injection Molded

6.4V Motor Reversing Switch

Bit Holder Metal

Cap Nylon w/ 33% GF

PCB

Charging Port Nylon

Chuck can’t be easily changed

Separator Metal Punched Gears

Ball Bearings Limit Switch LED Light

Lithium-Ion Battery Spring Steel Wire Drawn

Outer Shell ABS Injection Molded

More Gears

Reversing Lever HDPE Injection Molded

Chuck

Adjust Collar Nylon

Trigger HDPE Injection Molded

Complex switch system


Branding Research Based On Target Brands

Simple geometric shapes, obtuse angles, and comfortable curves define what users want.


Rearranging of Parts and Ideation


Current Solidworks Model Chuck is the same as a normal drill

New switch system: Top button for forward, bottom button for reverse

Two handles and swivel action provide better stability

Inside

New User Aesthetics Used: simple geometric shapes obtuse angles curves

Electronic parts are rearranged to fit the form


Outer Housing (4 Parts) Motor Chuck

Battery

PCB

Charging Port

Swivel Button

Trigger Trigger Switch


How It Works


Megan West. mewest2@ncsu.edu

Student. Business Owner. Volunteer. UX Design Intern?

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3rd Year Industrial Design Student at NC State University

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3rd Year Industrial Design Student at NC State University

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