Tuesday 26th March

Morning; planning task


Morning; Careers talk with Esyllt and Pauls lecture



Afternoon; Reverse engineering with Gareth


Continued development with Adam;


Thursday 28th March

Morning; Paul’s Legal lecture

Afternoon; Theo’s humour in design

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Tutorial with Claire – feedback and notes;

  • Nothing wrong with the simplicity of our mechanism/product – we just need to design well for manufacture
  • Build a story around the frustration behind the toilet seat being left up, play on it and the fact that the toilet gets shut unpredictably should be a lesson taught to the user for leaving it open 24/7
  • (BA)Bulk out folder with some research, theory – have fun with it and play around with ideas. Accept it being gimmicky and not the beautiful designer we’re used to
  • (BSC) Bulk out folder with mechanism experimentation
  • Don’t worry too much about Friday’s deadline, just submit some experimental CAD folders for CNC to demonstrate skill and experimenting, you can then justify why you didn’t choose this method for your final design.


Today I went to B&Q to do some further research into different types of toilet seat and to purchase a toilet seat for us to begin designing around and testing with.

I soon realised that the range of toilet seats on the market is a lot broader than anticipated and this is a huge factor that we will have to bear in mind when designing our product as this could have a big affect on the form of the product itself. For example, all of the seat fittings were different shapes and had slightly different measurements. Some were soft shutting (of different speeds) and some slammed shut (again differing depending on size, weight and material). Some of the seats had a gap between the layers whereas others laid on top of each other. Depending on the brand, materials and aesthetics, they varied hugely in price and quality and this was easy to tell from looking at and interacting with the products. We need to decide whether our product is to be designed for a specific toilet seat type, or, whether it’ll be universal to different toilet seats (better but, maybe more difficult to design and create for.) Interestingly, toilets were also placed in different locations in the demonstrative bathrooms – some had space to the sides, front and behind, whereas other were restricted in some areas. I took some videos of opening and shutting some of the different kinds while I was in the shop in case the force and speed affects what we’re doing, we can look back to these.i

I also began looking into and considering locations in which our product might be sold/displayed – I photographed some of these locations for us to consider further on in the project for example when we’re packaging or marketing designing for example. We could even have one or two of our products as display testers on some of the toilet seat displays. Having recently learned the importance of copyright and using photos off Google for creating presentation boards, inset images etc, I think we should aim to take our own high quality photographs for this purpose in particularly if we can’t find any that we’re completely happy with in the free online library.


I preferred todays design for manufacture lecture as it related back to some of my interests including sustainable design/recyclable design.

Moving on to our CAD workshop, due to being unable to follow along on my own laptop, I made sure to take plenty of notes and photographs (I prefer doing it this way anyway as I have something to refer back to and follow) so in my own time, will spend some time in the MAC suite putting these skills to practice so that I’m able to apply them in my own designs and work.


In the afternoon, Adam and I sat down together to brainstorm some of our ideas and start thinking about how they might work if we were to make them for real – I think the key here is to next week, start creating and prototyping some of these very simply in order to develop a better understanding for how they function. We’re both rather confused in this field so we watched some youtube videos and had a couple of discussions along with mapping out on paper how some things might work. We also narrowed down our focus for our robots task to complete, how it might be done, and what might be needed to do so. Although rather short and fast, our tutorial with Claire helped narrow this focus and create a more realistic idea.

Both feeling a little confused/lost with the project and our idea, we created to do list for the next couple of days so that hopefully, we can come back to it next week with a clearer mind, a better understanding and a narrowed focus so that we are able to get on with development, planning and prototyping/testing. We decided that for now, it best to focus on the actual mechanics and workings of the product rather than getting caught up in its aesthetics as we’ll have plenty of time to focus on this after.



Following my Field module at the beginning of the year, during the module and, in my reflection, I set out to partake in more of the workshops within the school that were’n necessarily within my subject practice and my comfort zone. Having developed an interest within clothing and merchandise during Field, I chose to undertake a workshop in screen printing which I attended this morning;

As demonstrated in the images above, this workshop was very hands on and enjoyable. Having a hands on approach and being involved really helps me particularly in learning and understanding the different processes involved. I decided to stay in keeping with the work I produces during my field module trying to recreate my logo by hand.

Moving on to digital stitching, I was really surprised by this workshop. I thoroughly enjoyed and began developing a good understanding for designing for stitch including the software and materials involved.

For next week, we are to prepare something that we want to design for stitch and map out how this might be done within the stitch software.



Tuesday 5th March

Morning with Claire; If your product were a persona, what would it be?

  • Efficient
  • Humorous
  • Quirky
  • Entertaining


The idea behind our product/robot is that stereotypically, when women and men live together, they have some certain pet hates – one of these being the fact that men often leave the toilet seat(s) up/open having been to the loo which leads to somebody, usually the women of the house, complaining, as they have to touch the seat to shut it again so that they can use the loo. This is both unpleasant and unhygienic – this is where our robot comes in – with a simple action/movement (undecided how it’ll be triggered yet) the toilet seat will be shut without any contact between the seat and the person themselves.

We want our product to have character and personality due to the reasoning for creating the product and the taboo there is that surrounds toilet humour.

Personality ideas;

  • Angry girlfriend
  • Cleanfreak mom
  • Mischievous boyfriend


To Do; Research into toilet hygiene, Toilet humour


We moved on to another manufacturing lecture with Paul. Having reflected on my feelings with regards to these lectures over the past couple of weeks, and having missed Thursdays session, I wasn’t particularly looking forward however, was pleased to find out that this would be more relevant to our model making within the module ‘CAD-CAM DESIGN FOR MANUFACTURE’. Having never used the CNC machines or the 3D printers before, I was intrigued to learn about the ways in which you design for these in order to create prototypes and products for manufacture. Although again, I found some of this information quite difficult to get my head around, it helped that I had some interest in the subject. Again, I made sure to take plenty of notes (these are very detailed and I will certainly be looking back to these when it comes to designing our prototype for manufacture as they’re very helpful and detailed. I also took photos of some of the examples Paul showed us in order to better understand when I’m looking back at my notes). I really enjoyed the Jonathan Ive and Apple example video that Paul showed, I felt a lot more understanding and connected to the process when it was discussing products that I own and use day to day, it put a lot of the processes into context and helped me better understand them.


Moving into the afternoon, we were posed with a task that I certainly wasn’t expecting. I was rather nervous about creating a robot/mechanism by hand only within a short time frame.  We began by discussing though our ideas and the options for which idea to choose (there were a few given to choose from) – strangely, what I thought was the simplest mechanism, Adam thought was the most difficult. So, we overcame this by sketching out and chatting through our ideas to gain a better understanding and come to a conclusion on what idea we were going to choose and how we were going to go about creating the mechanism.


Some of our hurdles/struggles;

  • too much friction
  • not enough weight
  • not enough strength
  • not enough understanding by us – however, carrying out this task allowed us to gain a better understanding for how basic mechanics work and how they are assembled