RESEARCH: STOVETOP POT LID STORAGE AND ORGANIZATION / by Daniel Buckley

 This is the deck that I presented to my Industrial Design class. It reflects my primary, and some secondary, research on the consumer's challenge to organize and store stovetop pot lids. I compiled this data through surveys, task-based responses, and lots of Google'ing. This was an exercise geared towards developing our research skills, but I may come back to this topic in the future in order to begin developing a solution. 

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This image represents my main motivation for researching this topic. My parents store their stovetop pot lids in the bottom drawer of their stove — where the broilers used to go in stoves. Although this space is designed for storage, my parents strategy to stack the lids causes the drawer to jam, and for me to seek therapeutic release from the years of frustration. (Just kidding about the therapy... but probably)

This image represents my main motivation for researching this topic. My parents store their stovetop pot lids in the bottom drawer of their stove — where the broilers used to go in stoves. Although this space is designed for storage, my parents strategy to stack the lids causes the drawer to jam, and for me to seek therapeutic release from the years of frustration. (Just kidding about the therapy... but probably)

This section will touch upon the data that I captured using primary research methods.

This section will touch upon the data that I captured using primary research methods.

Sometimes, being a design researcher you have to take advantage of the opportunities set before you. The day I received this project, I also received an email regarding an upcoming family reunion. I immediately hijacked the email and asked its recipients to send me photos of their current solutions for organizing their stovetop pot lids. The following slides are some of the responses I received, paired with comments that they sent along with the photos.

Sometimes, being a design researcher you have to take advantage of the opportunities set before you. The day I received this project, I also received an email regarding an upcoming family reunion. I immediately hijacked the email and asked its recipients to send me photos of their current solutions for organizing their stovetop pot lids.

The following slides are some of the responses I received, paired with comments that they sent along with the photos.

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I then used Survey Monkey to create a survey that I could disseminate more easily, add variety to my research methodology, and conduct my research on a greater scale.

I then used Survey Monkey to create a survey that I could disseminate more easily, add variety to my research methodology, and conduct my research on a greater scale.

Because of the short project timespan, I decided to use Mechanical Turk, Amazon's crowd-sourced automation tool, to recruit subjects for my survey.

Because of the short project timespan, I decided to use Mechanical Turk, Amazon's crowd-sourced automation tool, to recruit subjects for my survey.

I also shared the link to my survey on Twitter.

I also shared the link to my survey on Twitter.

The following slides communicate the results of the short 5-question survey.

The following slides communicate the results of the short 5-question survey.

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For my competitive research section, I narrowed down the competitors into three tiers of solutions. Each of the following products are representative of DIY, low-cost, and high-cost solutions, respectively. 

For my competitive research section, I narrowed down the competitors into three tiers of solutions. Each of the following products are representative of DIY, low-cost, and high-cost solutions, respectively. 

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The text associated with this image represents a review/rating found on a blog.

The text associated with this image represents a review/rating found on a blog.

The positive commentary is mine.

The positive commentary is mine.

The negative commentary is mine.

The negative commentary is mine.

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The text associated with this image represents a review/rating found on a customer review website.

The text associated with this image represents a review/rating found on a customer review website.

The positive commentary is mine.

The positive commentary is mine.

The negative commentary is mine.

The negative commentary is mine.

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This next section documents the two personas that I created to represent the prospective audience for which I thought might be a good target when developing solutions in the future of this project. I decided to take some creative license and push the idea of the persona a bit. You'll see.

This next section documents the two personas that I created to represent the prospective audience for which I thought might be a good target when developing solutions in the future of this project.

I decided to take some creative license and push the idea of the persona a bit. You'll see.

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