Button design

Button design

As the deadline for our DJCAD ‘one great image’ is fast approaching, it has become a matter of urgency to get the design as finished as possible. For this reason I’ve put my coding on the back burner so that I can get on with completing the visual elements. Unfortunately, my project is not at a stage I’m happy with for my image so I will be re-shooting this at a later date, but for now I have been prototyping my buttons with 2mm MDF so that I have a representation of all elements of the physical device within my photo.

As I had said from the beginning I wanted the design of my buttons to take influences from older technology devices, in particular ones that elderly people are comfortable with using. For my volume dial, I have looked towards the style of old radio volume dials as pictured below. Any buttons on the device need to be quite large and easy to use to cater towards the physical needs of elderly users which I discussed in a previous post. To go online/offline on the device, a flick switch is positioned at the top of the device alongside a LED, which will light up to clearly show to the user that they are marking themselves as available. The final buttons on the device are simple push buttons with their action etched on the front.

 

As stated above, the buttons are made with 2mm MDF laser cut and layered up to give the appropriate height. Photos of these in place will follow within my next blog post.  As I’m not comfortable in the workshop, this process allows me to accurately draw out my size and shape of buttons in illustrator, as well as quickly fire through prototypes as I see them come together and see the positives and negatives. Before the viva I wish to remake these buttons in a more suitable material and make them look appropriate to the frame. Design is a low factor in my project weightings, so while I know the design of my device isn’t amazing, I’m happy that it represents it’s purpose and appropriately reflects my research and project concept.