Our new brief – Project Maud

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Last month brought us an entirely new brief and challenge, ‘what do you do with a 40 year old caravan destined for the scrap heap? We are always looking for new ways to develop our skills, and it doesn’t always manifest as a digital project. We found a sad and tired caravan sitting on a driveway and thought it would be an interesting project.

The challenge is to upcycle, overhaul, renew and optimise a 1975 Elddis Shamal that stinks of damp and is stuck in the 70’s! We’ve purchased Maud and towed her to a new home deep in the country.

What inspired the project?

If you have ever watched George Clarke’s amazing spaces, the ideas and end results are truly inspiring, by taking an object bringing it up to date and improving it with the need of the user in mind. We love this approach as you get to take something and create the next version of it, rather than creating something from scratch. The benefits being that we are able to use existing materials but improve it visually and make the whole object more usable. The options for Maud are endless, especially with the bountiful visual inspiration you can find on pinterest.

This might seem like an odd project for us but we love to create and build, being able to hand form and craft something really gets us motivated and its relevant to us because it requires design and planning. We can also adopt an agile process, look at it from a user perspective, and make her more usable for today. The project will be collaborative and fun underpinned with good research, visioning, auditing, ultimately focused on user goals.

Making, doing, testing and rethinking

Before we get to far we need to don some tools out and see what we have let ourselves in for. Come back soon to see how the Maud is progressing.

In next weeks addition:
– What are the current issues with Maud?
– What are we trying to achieve?
– What’s the overall plan and best approach?
– What are the tasks needed to achieve the brief?
– Define the sprints need to complete the task?
– How will we approach this from a UX, Design & Build perspective?

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