Research and planning

Some important research to take into consideration when thinking about my project is the history of the location we have been given. Bournemouth beach is a very popular tourist destination but I wanted to look how much it has changed compared to ten years ago so I can get an idea of how much it could develop by 2025.

The following photograph is from 1890, just so I could get some deep historical visuals of how it started, it’s actually pretty surprising how the actual zone itself does not look that much bigger to what it is now, obviously there are some striking differences, like all the houses/ shops which are no longer there to make room for the roads and parking.

One of the most noticeable changes over the most recent has been the demolition of the waterfront complex and the construction of the new information centre. The demolition process is shown below.

Developing ideas further

In this weeks seminar we worked in pairs with people we don’t usually work with to help each other critically develop ideas. I helped my partner to go from just having a name of his specific user to having clear direction of where he wants to start his app and having a background story for the Geocache.

He helped me to develop my idea also, at first I had the following background story:

The parents of a young child who is around 3-5 years old leave the Geocache that only he can access. They leave it there because its the last time they will holiday there in a long time and would like to have the Geocache of their family holidays memory as they know the child wont remember much of it.  The design ideas I had for this would be that a souvenir they have in the house represents the Geocache meaning it would be unique but recognisable to the boy when he returns on a school trip 10 years later.

Problems highlighted:

  • How do the parents know that this will be the last time they holiday here
  • How will the child get the the specific zone/ need to think about a specific landmark
  • It will be a very narrow target audience
  • Why would the parents only pick this holiday to be significant
  • How will it be unlocked if its specific
  • Could the boy be the one who is leaving the memory so its unique to him. It will be seen very differently through the eyes of a young child
  • if so he would need to be older to actually be able to make the Geocache.

Revised idea with help from peers:

The Geocache would be left by Grandparents on the last big family holiday they would be able to attend as they are getting on and struggle to travel ect. The Geocache would be containing images of the family holiday and maybe a small message. It will be located at the point where the Noddy train is stationed. The Geocache will be able to be unlocked by members of the family each time they return to this location. The reason no one has returned in the 10 years is because they don’t feel right going away without the Grandparents. The grandson is there on his first small trip with his friends after passing his driving test. When the Geocache pops up.

Design Iterations: Design Process

Requirements phase: 
from the first seminars questions that we were given here are some of the answers I came up with.

  1. The season would most likely be late summer/early autumn, so not at the peak season, and around 11 o’clock as its starting to heat up a bit.
  2. The environment= Jurassic coast, sandy, built up. Weather conditions=sunny but not really hot, light wind/waves.
  3. There are some clear zones. E.g the lower gardens is often quieter and the pier due to the amusements is a lot louder, then the further down the beach you go its also quieter. Can hear traffic as well near the information centre.
  4. Recognisable features such as the pier, the Oceanairum, Harry Ramsdens famous fish and chips.
  5. Sounds= traffic, sea, wind, humans, seagulls.
  6. Who is occupying the space= elderly, young families, exercising people. Mixture of ages and nationalities as well as gender.
  7. How do people arrive in the area= Public transport, walking, cycling/running, skateboards, use of mobility scooters/wheelchairs access. Through the lower gardens.
  8. Use of space= Relaxation, not keeping track of time, sight seeing, using the attractions e.g eating. admiring the view, just passing through.
  9. A mixture of groups and individuals, it depends on their purpose of being there, a lot of couples, small young families.
  10. Use of smartphones= Elderly people don’t tend to be using them, the younger generations have hold of phones, taking photos, generally browsing. Exercisers using apps to track progress.

First ideas:

After visiting the beach the other day and starting to think about what concept I might like to adopt I jotted down the first ideas I was having as shown below: