Design is the intermediary between information and understanding……

Design is the intermediary between information and understanding… Neema Bryceson Kambo    21st August 2021 We started with a design thinking session where we were trying to understand how to internalize the problem through empathizing. The process required primary research (interview with the targeted end users) and later secondary research from different sources. During the study we were given a problem: “Why don’t people wash their hands at the DIT canteen?” in which we had to discuss some attributes of it. We analyzed the problem and came up with some attributes. Picture showing how we analyzed the hand washing problem    After the study we were divided into two groups: Team Amana and Team Selcom. I was in team Amana…

Design is the intermediary between information and understanding…

Design is the intermediary between information and understanding… Neema Bryceson Kambo    21st August 2021 We started with a design thinking session where we were trying to understand how to internalize the problem through empathizing. The process required primary research (interview with the targeted end users) and later secondary research from different sources. During the study we were given a problem: “Why don’t people wash their hands at the DIT canteen?” in which we had to discuss some attributes of it. We analyzed the problem and came up with some attributes. Picture showing how we analyzed the hand washing problem  After the study we were divided into two groups: Team Amana and Team Selcom. I was in team Amana in…

STRONG WEEK

STRONG WEEK Last week was a tough one because we did different activities such as studying the generation and failure of Roundabout Playpump appropriate technology in Africa, problem context and some lectures about empathy, synthesis, research methods and the double diamonds concept. After forming groups, my teammates and I were assigned to solve a problem at Selcom concerning spilt drinks during delivery and we did some research on their company in all sectors. The next day we got a chance to interview them about the whole situation and asked their driver to explain what exactly happens during delivery and how they position their orders. He explained and showed us the boxes used to carry their orders. Here are some pictures…

MAKE IT BETTER

MAKE IT BETTER They usually say that ‘‘practice makes you better, but not perfect’’. So do I !  To keep a long story short, there is no perfect design in the world, and never trust a design that is flawless. The design process is an iterative process which involves a series of trials and tests before launching the final product or device. Then what is the most critical stage of your design which is supposed to make your design better and not yet flawless? In my opinion as a newbie in the design process I think it’s the Prototyping stage. Prototyping is an iterative process based on user’s feedback. A prototype is an approximation of the product along one or…

BUBBLE CPAP MACHINE (v.2)

Introduction Acute respiratory infections are the leading cause of global child mortality. 20–38% of deaths in the first 48 hours of life are attributed to respiratory failure. Moreover, complications associated with premature birth, often related to breathing problems, are responsible for an additional 30% of neonatal mortality. In the developed world, babies with respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) receive mechanical ventilator support, but these lifesaving technologies are too expensive and resource-intensive for most of the developing world. As a result, RDS remains one of the most common causes of neonatal deaths in the developing world. There is an important need for new, cost-effective technologies to treat infants and small children with respiratory distress. The need is particularly acute on the African...

Testing and Implementation (Last Battle)

Testing and Implementation (Last Battle)  – Thomas N. Shetui.   Finally after all the learning and designing done in the course of eight (8) weeks in the DIT Design  Studio, we came up with products that are expected to solve different problems that were found  through needs findings sessions. Intensive primary and secondary research increased the depth of information and understanding. On my side, with my fellow engineering student Greg Luhambati, we came up with the Kenfix (KA-105) silicone sealant based subclavian access central line ultrasound training model seen in Fig. 1.   Figure 1: KA-105 sealant based model Using the readily available plastic human torso,  we filled it with the proposed material i.e. KA-105 sealant, after molding important vascular  structures which…