UCD survey

your role as UCD researcher, you will help HMV to:

  • 1) find out who shop at HMV
  • 2) their shopping habits, what the people buy, how long they spend in the store and how much they spend etc.
    *Design a set of survey questions which will enable you to carry out a in-store survey in less than 10 mins per person.

target audience – _________?
survey on 10 people all gender

  • HMV caters a variety of products, which type of product comes to your mind first?
  • Is your purpose of visiting HMV for that product?
  • Which other specific type of items do you come here for?
  • How frequent do you come here?
  • Tell me why do you prefer HMV as your place of choice for seeking ________?
  • Who do you visit the store with?
  • Tell me how do you feel about the atmosphere here?
  • ***Why?
  • How would you compare HMV stores to the other music outlets you had been before?
  • How much time do you spend in HMV per visit?
  • Could you share with me your shopping experience in HMV today?
  • Is there any room for improvement?
  • ***How likely are you to purchase the product you saw for the first time?
  • ***Will you visit HMV for the desired product again?
  • What do you normally purchase?
  • How much do you spend in HMV? *optional
  • how do you feel about the demo music?
  • how do you feel about the HMV service?

Urinal New

Urinal Design


The Common Problems of a public urinals

1. During busy hours where the cubicles are easily occupied by people, we are not sure if the cubicles are vacant or not as some cubicle doors are designed to be self closed for a better interior design purpose.

2. Males usually will wet the floor or dirty the toilet bowl/ seat when they pee.

State of use for males.

1. Standing up and pee.

2. Sitting down to pass motion.

Habits of using

Some people rush into any cubicle when they have an urgent call to answer. However, some doors of the cubicles are designed to be closed at all times. Hence, people will be trying to open every door that they see to look for a vacant one. Although those occupied cubicles will be shut and locked, it is actually quite a challenge to differentiate them as the occupied cubicles and the vacant cubicles are very similar in appearance due to the self closing door. The only way that you could identify the vacant cubicles are by the green symbol near the door handle that is barely visible. Some people could also identify by the little gap that a unlocked door would have.

However, many of the male mankind have the lazy habit of leaving the door unlocked while peeing as they think that it is not worth the time locking the door and unlocking it for the 30 seconds which they spent inside. Hence, it often cause incidents where people will push the doors of a occupied cubicle where someone else is peeing inside. It actually cause awkwardness in the user inside and the guy outside.

Hence, I hope that the cubicles could have an indicator at the door to show if they is any users in the cubicle. This could likely to work by some sensors installed in the cubicle.

Another fear for me using a male toilet cubicle is actually the wet floor or toilet seat which are often stained with urine.


Firstly, the floor could be wet by the dripping drops that landed on the floor. 1 problem I could assume from this was that the users actually find the toilet bowl seats itself dirty. Hence, they will keep a distance from the toilet bowl itself to avoid any contact with the seats. With them moving further away from the seats, it will likely to cause them to dirty the seats more often.

Hence, I designed the toilet bowl to have the curvature of the legs so that the user could stand closer to the toilet bowl but also keep a safe distance to avoid contact with the toilet bowl. Moreover, this also forms the position which the user should stand and creates a fool proof position where the users will not dirty the floor.


For the scenario which the user has to seat down on the toilet bowl, this design will also work too.

With Veronica’s shared idea of the toilet seat protector(http://thecreativefreak.blogspot.com/) I believe that it could work on this design too. It could even be brought further by having the seat protector to include the leg section too to further make sure that the legs are protected from contact too.

An additional add on would be that people might find different ambient that would make their experience in the toilet more comfortable.

Some thinks that classical music could aid them. Some think that the corporate messages in shopping centre disturbs them. Hence, I thought this music player could be implemented in the toilet to sit different style of preference in the toilet. It could also aid those with constipation as it distracts them from the pain and ease the torture in there.

ucd persona


When it comes to designing a urinal with the user, my first thought would be implementing games into the urinal.
This makes it common and uninteresting doesnt it. With the thinking of making something fresh and never thought before, I came out with some concept like “Make sure you dont pee on your pants”. This concept is a pure experimental and an  experience for the user to try. With the daring thought of who would reveal their private one in the public. Or would anyone had ever had a thought of doing so?

Therefore, with this urinal that i designed, it actually make use of those black glass where it only can be seen on one side of the panel. With this glass panel, it makes  the user able to see the city thru the small urinal which makes him focus into the small destinated area to be in the urinal.

To make my concept more interesting, I thought of making the flooring the same black glass material too where the floor would be able to see thru.
This is the main element of the “Make sure you dont pee on your pants” concept comes from this flooring. It gives the user a bird eye view of the city from the toilet which makes this an unusual experience.

User Centered Design


The first item is actually a urinal, which is commonly found in the male’s toilet. It was a good initiative for the designer to have a boring urinal, which is usually plain white with a standard rectangular-ish design, into something really new and interesting.

With this new attention catching red lips design urinal, it could actually catch the attention of the user immediately which will result in a better accuracy in answering Mother Nature’s call to the guys. The design also comes with the bottom part of the lips being more extruded out then usual to ensure that every drips will definitely goes into the urinal.

This will probably reduce the tough job of the cleaners who have to remove the urine stains on the floor by people who have no caring about the public toilet. It also makes a better public environment for everyone. Not only does it bring an interesting subject to a toilet, it also makes the toilet a cleaner and more responsible place.


Beep Beep Beep! The alarm clock goes sounding.

Have you ever counted how many times you would ever snooze out the alarm clock everyday?

With this new  creative design of the alarm clock, it will actually increase the efficiency of an alarm clock waking you up early in the morning.

The first design is actually a combination of a dumb bell with an alarm clock. In order to stop the alarm clock from ringing, the user will have to wake up and do 30 reps. The intiative of this design is awesome too as it forces the user to be in part of some vigorous exercise after waking up. Not only can you grow some muscles and have regular exercises, you will also be assured of waking up on time and kick the habits of snoozing off the usual alarm clocks.

The following design is also another  creative alarm clock that I encountered. It also has the initiative of waking the user up via making him have some actions done and get off the comfort of the bed.

This design is to let the user stand on the mat in order to stop the alarm clock to start his/her morning when it rings.


The new Apple Magic mouse is the first multi touch mouse. It is actually like a touch screen mouse but you can control lots of things with just the mouse unlike the usual mouse which needs to be pressed in many steps. It has also a very comfortable scrolling due to the multi touch function that it has and it make works faster and more efficient.

Here is the URL on the video and its function


Design Festival

Personal Liking: The TuTu Kueh Eraser
Best concept: V for Vase- A flower always live in a cage

What I desire

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IMM Week 13 assessment

1. What is a multimedia CD-ROM title?

A CD Rom title is a detailed compilation of all the information in a CD Rom in a structural and organised matter. It is very useful as it can easily compile even 8,000 pages or more into a CD Rom. A CD Rom can store text, images, videos and audios within the available storage of a CD Rom.

2. What are some application of CD-ROM title design? Eg. Educational. Bring examples, if any.

Some applications of CD-Rom are to store programs within a CD for promotional or educational purposes.

One example would be the documentatory of  a historical event (educational). In this example, large amount of resources and content would be required to be presented in a CD Rom, hence a CD Rom title would help to organise the information to display them neatly and presentably to the viewers.  The viewers will then need to click on the elements designed on the interface to proceed to the next level of infomation and vice versa. This allows the user to clearly sort out the information in a hierarchical manner.

Another example is the use of CD ROM titles in the guides and installations of a programme provided by the publishing company to teach and tell the user on the ways to install the program with the relevant setup and installations  ,all the guides and procedues, tutorials , terms and conditions ,help and assistance and user manual stored in the CD Rom. This is convinient to the users as all the required data they need is all available in the disc and hence, no downloading is required.

3. What are the differences between website design and CD-ROM title design?


  1. able to store large amount of data up to the capacity the disc can support
  2. No downloading of media is required(makes it a better experience then web)
  3. Portable information with disc and no internet access is required
  4. Design can be fanciful due to the no limitation of data size
  5. data is stored in the disc
  6. user have more patience as they have the disc to slowly explore deep leveled information


  1. Design is static as the web has restrictions to the capacity of space it can dedicate to. (either heavy towards design elements or to side information)
  2. downloading is required. Hence, size of data has to be optimized.
  3. Global accessibility. However, access to the web is required
  4. Heavy restriction on size due to loading time from download.
  5. data is stored in the internet.
  6. information flowchart cannot have many many levels as users will get lost and lose patience easily

IMM delicious acct.

Week 07 GUI: Final

Final Design for GUI SCIENCE CENTRE.

final homepagehomepage with navigation

final homepage2 

Homepage only

final text intensive

Text intensive with tab

final text intensive2 copy 

text intensive with changed tab


final image intensive 

image intensive

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