Design Project I

  1. To study the problems faced in a domestic setting while storing and scooping ice cream
  2. To study the child’s cognitive stages of development, their state of mind while interpreting the product and how do they differ from adults
  • The freezer temperature at home is around -18° C, and the perfect temperature for scooping ice cream is between -14°C and -12°C. Hence, it makes it difficult to scoop at home and we have to let the ice cream normalize its temperature for a while before scooping as compared to the ice cream parlors, where the temperature of the freezer is set accordingly, to get the creamy ice cream.
  • Another major problem is that ice cream at home is not stored properly. There’s a higher risk of freezer burn at home as compared to the ice cream parlors. Freezer burn is a condition that occurs when frozen food has been damaged by dehydration and oxidation, due to air reaching the food. It is generally caused by food not being securely wrapped in air-tight packaging. The food is still safe, because it has remained below freezing, but will likely taste bad and have a bad texture.
  • An article said that “Serving ice cream becomes an art form when that creamy goodness freezes into a block of what seems like all ice and no cream. To make a long story short, I could definitely lift 20 pounds more with my right arm than my left. Focus on your right arm at the gym before applying to any ice cream store!” Thus, it does require a lot of effort to scoop the hard ice cream which can strain our hands, especially wrists, listing our next problem.
  • Warming scoops are traditionally made of aluminum — this is bad because it means that they start lacking sufficient durability with every wash (contact with water). They can’t be put in the dishwasher, either. Some scoops even feature a coating, that flakes off over time.
  • Another problem faced is that because the ice cream container is deep (like that of ice cream bricks), while scooping from it, our hands tend to get dirty towards the wrists, making the process messy.
  • Children learn in quite different ways than adults as they learn faster than adults.
  • A child’s mind works differently but they have their ways to deal with the world around them very well.
  • They learn by observations, by interactions with other people and by their own feelings. And they learn an enormous amount through their imagination.
  • Play is what pulls together the logical and creative parts of the brain.
  • Storytelling also help them understand — their knowledge and understanding have gaps and children try to bridge those through fantasy and irrational explanations.
  • Interactive learning can teach children different set of skills — social skills, cognitive skills, language skills, and motor skills.

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Shrishti Tijaria

Shrishti Tijaria

Industrial Designer, National Institute of Design, Andhra Pradesh