Low-fidelity model as a redesign tool for frame running
Authors: Juliana Cardoso Braga, Maria Fernanda Salamanca Carvalho, Frederico Sousa Santos, Gabriel Henrique Cruz Bonfim, Diego Augusto Costa Alves, Cleudmar Amaral De Araújo
Abstract: The conception stage of the design project aims to help the comprehension of the problem to be worked on, seeking to provide the best possible experience for the users. Prototyping stage is essential to make the ideas tangible for the validation of usability, functionality, ergonomics, aesthetics, among others. However, this whole process can take a lot of time and rework. This article presents a case study of the application of the Design Thinking methodology for the redesign of an Assistive Technology - the bike for Frame Running - with the objective of demonstrating the benefits of using a low-fidelity model as a tool for generating insights and optimizing the time required for digital testing in 3D software and design conception. The development of this project sought to integrate theory and practice through a mixed non-interventionist and interventionist methodology with a qualitative basis, acting in a cyclical and non-linear way, through bibliographic and documentary research, use of low-fidelity models, case study, direct observation, structural simulation, ergonomic study and prototyping. The results obtained, using alternative low-cost materials, favored the reduction of the time of the design process, allowing the interaction and agile identification of critical points of performance, ergonomics, aesthetics, functionality, strength and analysis of the appropriate construction processes, contributing to the redesign of the Frame Running bike, the dissemination of the sport, the quality of life and inclusion of disabled people.
Keywords: Redesign, Low-fidelity prototyping, Ergonomics
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