Design Brief: ALTO

WHAT

A multifunctional cooking appliance that combines grilling and slow cooking applications.

WHO

People living in small or shared spaces

HOW

Ideation, user testing, prototyping, wood and foam modelling, solid works, and rendering

Research

SECONDARY RESEARCH

-Use of existing literature for further research

-Look at energy consumption and general appliance use

-Develop a better understanding of implications of shared living spaces and cooking with multiple appliances

PRIMARY RESEARCH

-Develop a better understanding of grilling and slow cooking practices

-Look at existing products and how they function

-Initial consideration for form, maintenance, size, portability, and interface

Design Brief: ALTO

Ideation

Low-Fi Prototypes

Low fidelity prototypes were used to establish overall dimensions, forms, and general functionality aspects. 

Prototypes were later used for further user testing

User Testing

A series of user testing took place as a means of finding solutions to current issues with small living spaces, appliances and the cooking practices.

Another set of tests were conducted to better understand form, functionality, ergonomics, and aesthetics.

HANDLES

Shape, fit, and functionality were tested through low-fidelity prototypes and a series of user groups with varying concerns and feedback as a way find the best lid and pot handles

CHARGING 

Charging function, use and systems were tested with different plug-ins

Physical Models

Higher fidelity models were constructed from foam, wood, and 3D printed polymers.

These models helped to showcase the physical form and dimensions in its final form.

Design Refinement

Final Design

A series of user testing took place as a means of finding solutions to current issues with small living spaces, appliances and the cooking practices.

Another set of tests were conducted to better understand form, functionality, ergonomics, and aesthetics.

Design Report

For more information about the process behind this design, review the provided report

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