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Project 1: Teardown

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Your first assignment is to take apart an electronics object and document it. Some ideas of things and places to find them:

  • talking kids’ toys at the dollar store
  • an old CD player you have around
  • your old cell phone or digital camera
  • pick up something good at the Gowanus e-waste warehouse

Battery powered devices are best, as are ones that play sound, light up, and have buttons. Items that aren’t quite complicated enough for this project:

  • hair dryer
  • wired headphones
  • most kitchen appliances like toasters

Select something that’s easy to get NOW, do not order anything online for this project.

Do not select something that is dangerous to take apart, like a CRT monitor (ask Becky if you are unsure). Please be careful not to puncture or bend any lithium batteries that may be inside your object.

You will be evaluated based on the following guidelines:

  • Take lots of well-lit photos during the disassembly process
  • Consider taking video as well (optional but encouraged, consider timelapse)
  • Photograph all the parts spread out on a table in some kind of order (consider knolling your parts)
  • Identify the materials used for each component
  • Identify the manufacturing techniques/equipment used to make it
  • Look up part numbers on chips and find out what they do (searching the part number + “datasheet” helps)
  • Make a list of the tools and techniques you used to take it apart
  • Select two design elements that interest you and describe why you think the designer(s) made it that way

Your assignment will be turned in as a blog post here, with the following requirements:

  • Blog post title will follow format of Object Name + “Teardown”, for example “CD Player Teardown”
  • Blog post must be in the Teardown category
  • Due by 8pm Tuesday 9/17

For inspiration:

Here’s my first teardown from 2006, much simpler than the ones you’ll turn in but hopefully encouraging anyway!

Additional week 1 homework:

We won’t meet for class next week since I’m traveling, but the following week we will have two classes (regular time and a makeup class Thurs 9/19 2-5pm). To keep us on schedule, please complete the following for next class:

Hi, I am Danica~

Hi, my name is Danica Dou, I am from Liaoning,China. And I did my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering, Nanjing University.

The function part I designed for the biomedical device for cell separation

I always want to make some product that is fully functional and have some tech in it. So Arduino is a good choice for me. I have learn some C language classes when I was in college and with the collaborate of an international student back in my college lab, we did a biomedical device with the function of spinning and time setting. He is in charge of most of the Arduino part and I focus on the design and biomedical part. Though I didn’t learn a lot Arduino knowledge from that project, I learn the magic and simplicity of it that several lines of codes can turn the product alive. So I am really excited to learn more about Arduino and practice what I learn in the future design!

Hi I’m yufeng.

Hi I’m Yufeng or you can call me Yvan. I’m from ShenZhen, a beautiful modern city located in the south of China. My undergrads major was Urban Planning which is to consider a larger scale of planning and design for the certain area of city as well as the benefit balance between different groups of people. But I’m also interested in making beautiful and functional products as well as thinking in systematic problems. I’m looking forward to learning all kinds of new making methods in the course with all of you!

Hi, I’m KG

Kgothatso Lephoko

Hi everyone, I’m Kgothatso also known as KG :). I’m passionate about design and it’s ability to impact people’s lives for the better. Curiosity & empathy are my design superpowers.

I’m a user experience designer, born and bred in sunny South Africa. I have 6 years work experience, primarily in the financial services industry. I’m currently on an adventure as a Products of Design graduate student at SVA in New York.

I love: making things, sketchnoting, lettering and photography.

Get to know me better through twitter or my instagram accounts – personal account or where I post my sketches