When I first talked to my partner, I mostly asked her questions related to her major which is film. However, the answers which I received from her had words that were too general and not concrete enough. Those words were mainly movie titles. Thus, with those movie titles, I had to research on the plots of the movies in order to create a gift for my partner.
As a result, I managed to think about a gift that is a house made of ice cream sticks. The reason why I wanted to use ice cream sticks was because I based on the theme of family relationships which was the gene of the four movies I was given. The process of building the house using the sticks is very difficult and it takes time to build a steady and strong family relationship. Also, ice cream sticks are stable and strong and it matches the family values which I talked about.
However, after having talked to Peter, I realised that I was creating a gift that did not represent my partner but the movies that my partner likes. Furthermore, if I were to keep looking at my interview with my partner, I could not find any concrete words suitable enough to make a gift.
Thus, I had to ask my partner again. I asked which country would she like to travel, is she an outdoor person or indoor person and what she likes. So, my partner is an outdoor person and when she is outdoors, she would play sports and she was in Volleyball. She likes to go to LA, New York and London and she likes makeup. She also likes pop rap music.
About the product
With those ideas, I managed to combine them together with my previous idea of a house into makeup kit that is in a design of a house. The reason why there is only one door for a house is because of how I needed the space to emphasise on the lyrics of her Favourite Pop rap Singers. It is also to not make the whole product look plain.
My partner likes to go to LA, New York and London because she likes how the youths express themselves freely. With that idea, I would create the house in a more street style manner and having the lyrics of her Favourite rappers in a more graffiti manner. Furthermore, the crooked style of the house design makes it even more emphasised that it is a more street style. The house can also act as a lid as it is made of wires which I find easy to work with as I can bend them easily and make it into a design of the Volleyball.
The makeup kit may look as if it is an empty box because it is not nicely designed. However, this is because I want to emphasise on the personality of my partner who likes to go to all of the countries that have more street arts as the youths have this sense of freedom to express themselves. Inside the kit, I did not put in any sections. This is due to the lid having designed as a Volleyball, the three lines can act as the sections to what she can put so she can have a more Organised kit.
Overall, I feel that this project helps me to create a much better impression on my partner. Although I was in the same class her for last semester, I did not really talk to her that much. Thus, throughout the entire conversation with her, I was able to have a change of impression of her that used to be fierce and goth like to a more sporty and artsy type of girl.
As for the structure, I was leaning towards the idea of something that is very useful and convenient for my partner to carry. Although it may not be aesthetically pleasing as to how a make up tool should look like, it suits her personality of being a street art type of person.