10-week term project in collaboration with Heavy Vehicles
The first phase of the project included a two-day visit
at the cluster members that participated in this study from Heavy
Vehicles in the Växjö area. The companies was Rottne (forestry
machines), Volvo CE (construction equipment) and Belos (implement
carriers). The project officially started with three days of
on-site rapid ethnography at locations in Umeå where the three
vehicles types were studies and their operators interviewed and
studied while operating their machines.
In the project's second phase the
students presented their findings and were introduced to methods
for sharing information and generating ideas from this common
foundation of insights. The outcome of these activities was used to
identify and establish a number of relevant "design opportunities"
for the three different vehicle types and operators.
As the third and final phase of the project, each student was
asked to decide on a relevant design opportunity to explore, carry
out additional research and to write an individual design brief,
specifying how this design challenge would be addressed and solved
during the remaining time of the project.
The results presented at the final presentation were
eleven different projects for all of the three vehicle
manufacturers involved in the study. The vehicle concepts explored
the wide span from autonomous solutions to new proposal for
improved logistic performance, to vehicle concepts with
multi-functional architectures, to wearable solutions for the
future operator for better performance and improved safety.
External project tutor:
Fredrik Nilsson, industrial designer at Husqvarna,
Daniel Sellberg (Cintiq sketching), industrial designer Atlas
Thomas Degn, senior lecturer in industrial design
Thomas Degn, Programme Director for the APD programme