Tactile timer using vibration to alert the user
Many college students live together in cramped areas. because of their lack of sleep, many need a very loud alarm to wake up in time for classes. These overly loud alarms often unnecessarily wake up other roommates and ruin their sleep just so one can wake up.
Gabe is a sophomore in college who dorms with four other people. He cranks his alarm all the way up to wake him up after his four hour “sleep”. He needs an alarm that will easily wake him up, but not his roommates.
What makes MUJI MUJI?
I understood MUJI's design language through reading Kenya Hara's book, White. The lead MUJI designer spoke of the design philosophy being empty, honest, and embracing the user and environment.
Form exploration through paper and SketchBook Pro. Finding out what different ways I could keep track of time. Alternative ways to communicate? How I could make an alarm?
Form exploration through physical models made of cardboard, yellow foam, and modulan. What form would fit MUJI? Also experimenting with different interactions. Swivel? Twist? Pull? Eventually deciding on a spinning based interaction.
(Sound) the Alarm
Reducing the clock to the simplest form yet still having a unique twist would allow for a wider array of accessibility as there are so many different types of people who are college students.
The quick interaction
gives more time for a busy day ahead.