Tuesday, 8 December 2009

100 - 20 - 5 - 2

Once we had handed in the 100 Ideas we were given a week to narrow these ideas down to 20, based on some small rules, what ideas did we really like, which ones fitted the brief best and which ideas we felt we could commit to for the whole year. My choices were :-

1. Camouflage Scarf
2. Team Selector
3. Manager Job Safety
4. Atmosphere Booster
5. Friend Commentary
6. Toilet Screens
7. Beer Locker
8. Drink Temperature
9. Commentary Beer Matt
10. Twitter Event Feed
11. Sub Vote
12. Twitter Chat
13. Changing Banner
14. Goal Rater
15. Man of the Match Vote
16. Interactive Red Button Remote
17. Regulars Seat
18. Snack Chair
19. Photo-Stills Delivery
20. Stadium Play List

These 20 ideas we had chosen were to be shown to the guests of the Ideas Day held in Dundee. This event had proven itself very useful for students last year and promised to be even better this year. Many people of industry arrived including Bill Gaver of Goldsmiths, Dalgeit Singh of Digit London and Tim Regan and Richard Banks of Microsoft. In total there were roughly 10 people including tutors and in-house designers. I was lucky enough to meet 8 or 9 all providing valuable feedback for me to consider for narrowing down the ideas further.

After a few days to reflect upon the feedback i had received i realised there were 5 main ideas i felt i wanted to discuss with my tutors. These were:-

1. Camouflage Scarf,

4. Atmosphere Booster,

10/11. Twitter Event Feed/Sub Vote (combining)

13. Changing Banner,

17. Regulars Seat,

Following some discussions with Jon (tutor, module leader and course director) and Pete (tutor) i was fortunate enough to narrow these down to a certain two, The Camouflage Scarf and The Changing Banner.

And so PLAY BEGINS ....................... woohoo!

The Project Brief

Here is the brief i have created for the project which was handed in with the 100 ideas. It was written the day before the hand-in and was heavily aided by a chat with Elio (tutor) after a long time of confusion.

The Beautiful Game...
Football has grasped the imagination of millions worldwide and has become the first word in sport today. It used to be a way of escaping the rigours of a weeks work by enjoying a match with those closest to you.

Often the reputation of the game has been soiled in the past due to annoying fans and violence, this does have an adverse effect on those around the game. I know this can be reversed.

I hope to create something that allows the fans to be more involved in the future of the game as it progresses by the relying on the passion of the supporters as a vehicle of motivation.


I aim to create and manufacture a method to enhance the football watching experience without removing or limiting the passion of the supporter, so that fans can enjoy the games at a high quality and can once again take pride in the their team.

The product of my work should enable fans to dictate the quality of the experience they have and how involved they are in the progression of their team during each match.

Get you shirt and follow your team with pride.

"Football, glorious football, what wouldn't we give far that extra bit more, that's all that we should live for."
Fred Babbin

Better late than never!

Hey there folks, been meaning to get this blog started for ages so apologies for that. So this blog will be here to cover the process I am going to be taking through the play stage I am taking to discover how my fourth year project will look, feel, and work. Play is a term given to us at Product Design to describe the process of exploring the many elements of our concepts we hope to bring forward for further development.

Background Information on my project:- I defined my area of interest for my fourth/final year project to be Football, as it is a huge passion for me and i spend hours and hours and large amounts of money on it each year so felt this would provide me with some good insights and contacts to progress. My research into this consisted of many different mediums, Internet, magazine/newspapers, books, questionnaires and countless discussions with friends and other other football lovers. during this process i realised i wanted to look more closely into the supporting of football as i felt it would provide a greater result and impact. From this research, as a hand-in we as a class were each asked to provide 100 ideas that were related to insights gained from research. Stressful as it was i knew it would provide a great reward which would be Choice. Along with this 100 ideas book we were expected to provide a personal brief used to sum up the project, I will post this soon.

Coming soon ......
  • Brief
  • Chosen ideas
  • My Play Stage