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About Us

We're the Quad Squad, and there are four of us....we are Tamara, Jayla, Khalid, and Annabelle.

Our Progress

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Sep 21
Sep 21
Sep 21
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10Welcome to DT Philly! We like your team name, and we're excited to see what you'll do for your project this year. Is there anything that makes your team unique or special?
Sep 21
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Sep 28
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8This is a fun design! Just as you paid attention to your own needs and preferences in designing this phone case, you'll want to pay attention to the needs and preferences of other people--the ones you're trying to help--when you create your DT Philly design. You can probably tell from the designs submitted by your classmates that there are similarities but also differences in what each team wanted or needed...so the case you designed for yourself might not be the best design for someone else. Remember this as you work on your DT Philly project--the best solution you can design will come from a deep understanding of the people you're designing for.
Oct 19
20
20Thank you for having us out to visit. We had fun working with you on your mini design sprint! Remember the tips we gave you about how to do each stage of your design thinking project, and let us know if you have questions or need help at any point in your project.
Oct 5
Oct 5
Oct 5
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8Nicely done--this is a very thoughtful question about an issue that has many sides to it. We can't wait to see what you learn during your research. There are a lot of people who will have different perspectives on this one!
Oct 12
10
6As you've pointed out, there are a lot of different perspective and issues to consider with the uniform problem. That said, you don't want to jump ahead to solutions just yet. Your next step is to conduct research to learn more about the problem. You'll do this by talking to people and observing what is going on, and maybe even collecting some data about how many students don't comply with the uniform policy. Don't forget to take pictures and good notes during your research. And don't forget to upload your rich picture and research plan to earn additional points for this activity.
Nov 2
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20Way to go--you did a nice job with your user profiles. Understanding your users' needs and the challenges they face will help you come up with creative solution ideas that work for many people. We like the points you made about what better outcomes mean for each of these users. Keep up the good work!
Oct 19
Oct 19
Oct 19
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10Nice job QuadSquad! You uncovered some really interesting things...like that uniforms are supposed to be an equalizer, but there are still signs that give away how well off a student is. Are there any consequences at your school for being out of uniform? Keep up the good work!
Nov 2
10
10It sounds like you have two different problems--that students don't like the uniforms, and that students don't always have clean uniforms (for a variety of reasons). As part of your research, did you talk to anyone who helps set school uniform policy?
Nov 9
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8Thank you for completing this year's Scavenver Hunt. You got 5 of the 6 answers. We will share your question with one of our designers and see what response they might have for you. Don't forget to check the notices section (the pink box at the top of your TEAM page, not the section of homepage that shows tweets) from time to time and read the new announcements. We left you a few questionnaires that we'd love to have you answer if you can. Just for fun we also left a riddle there for your Scavenger Hunt.
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8You uncovered some interesting things, like the fact that uniform pieces are harder to find later in the year. Did you learn anything about how strictly the policy is enforced...for example, do students ALWAYS get lunch detention every time they are out of uniform? And what is considered "out of uniform?" If you have the right colors but not the exact uniform piece, do you still get detention? We didn't see where you identified any takeaways from your research--the most important needs and goals your solution should address. You'll need these before you start brainstorming. From what you wrote, it sounds like some of the needs and goals you might brainstorm around could include: 1) ways to make the uniform policy work for people of all income levels; 2) ways to make the uniforms something students want to wear; and 3) ways to help students deal with uniform "emergencies"--those times when students who have a uniform might not have a clean one to wear. What other needs or goals can you brainstorm around?
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Badges

Start-Up: Nike Grind Badge

Congratulations on your creative problem solving—an essential skill for every designer!  Innovations and break-through moments come when you think outside the box, like Nike did when they began recycling worn-out shoes to reduce the company's environmental impact.  The recycled shoes were ground up and used to create springy surfaces for athletic facilities.  For example, Sacramento Kings fans donated their sneakers to be used in constructing the team's new practice court.  Not content to stop there, Nike keeps developing new applications for this innovative product, and recycled material from Nike Grind is now used in 71% of the company's footwear and apparel!

Empathize: Hub of Hope Badge

Thanks for taking a walk in someone else's shoes.  Designers empathize to understand the needs of the people they want to help, just as SEPTA did when they agreed to collaborate with other agencies to serve homeless people where they already congregate...at Suburban Station.  Instead of kicking the homeless out, the agencies worked together to open the Hub of Hope, a site that functions as a daytime living room for homeless individuals, where they can socialize, get a meal, shower, do laundry, and access a variety of health and social services in a safe and welcoming setting.

Define: Embrace Badge

Nice work using your powers of perception!  Good designers keep their eyes and minds open so they don't miss key insights...just as four Stanford students did while creating a low-cost baby incubator for developing countries.  To learn more about the problem, team member Linus Liang traveled to Nepal.  His "aha" moment came when he discovered that hospital incubators often went unused because mothers couldn’t get to, or stay at the hospital.  The team realized they had to create something that could be used easily and affordably in homes, as well as in hospitals.  The team kept researching and learning throughout their design process to make sure their product met the needs of the people they wanted to help.  Since 2011 their solution—the Embrace Incubator—has helped over 200,000 babies in 20 countries.

Ideate: 40/4 Chair Badge

Way to get creative!  It's not always easy to see things with new eyes, and sometimes ingenious design is hidden right in front of you.  When was the last time you gave any thought to the humble stacking chair?  Designer David Rowland spent 8 years of his own time designing a chair that could be compactly stacked to fit the greatest number of chairs in the smallest amount of space.  He made 32 full-scale models in a quest to achieve the best form and greatest comfort, and he was rejected many times when he tried to license his final design for a chair that could be stacked 40 high at a height of just 4 feet.  But he persisted, and today his 40/4 chair is the winner of numerous awards, is showcased in museums around the world, and is a commercial success.  8 million and counting have been sold since 1964!

Prototype: Kenji Ekuan Badge

Well done! Prototyping takes patience and persistence, as Kenji Ekuan demonstrated when he and his team spent three years creating the iconic design of the elegant, tear-drop shaped Kikkoman soy sauce bottle.  Mr. Ekuan, an award-winning designer who also worked on the Yamaha YA-1 and the Komachi Bullet Train, is said to have tested over 100 prototypes before finalizing the design of the innovative and dripless two-sided spout—a design which works so well it hasn't been altered since it was introduced in 1961!

Test: MWOBS Badge

Now you know...testing's not just for school!  Designers know it's important to put their prototypes through rigorous real-world tests, which is why people who design products to function in extreme outdoor environments go to the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire, where the conditions are equivalent to what you’d encounter in Antarctica and the polar regions!  Clothing, experimental robots, and tents are just a few of the products to test their mettle against the mountain!

DT Philly Showcase: Es Devlin Badge

Hooray—you've made it to the final stage of DT Philly, and it’s time to think about how you’ll share the story of your design project.  Take a page from the playbook of renowned set designer Es Devlin and consider your presentation from the perspective of the audience.  How will they see, hear, and experience the story you want to tell?  Devlin, who has designed sets for Kanye West, Beyoncé, and Rihanna, as well as for fashion shows, plays, operas, and ballets, considers both the spirit of the performance and the experience that the audience will share.  What will bring your story to life and help you connect with your audience?

Collaborator Badge 3 of 4

You’re on fire!  Great job taking advantage of your resources in the DT Philly design community.

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