Prototype 1: The synonym

unexpected, unforeseen, unanticipated, unpredictable. There are an uncountable amount of words for me to describe my first prototype.

This was my setup. A round table with a piece of paper. box, and inside in the box another paper.
The paper says, if you want to hep a homeless person open the box. And the paper inside the box said, Thank you for your contribution. Please close the box.

My initial test is to test peoples interest. to observe peoples reaction to the question about helping homeless people. Many people they see homeless people but rarely give money let alone interact with the people.

My setup is just a box and a piece of paper and a table. I went to the 4th floor of WG building in AUT. and set them in a place i thought would be pretty busy. In front and beside the elevator. After i set it up i went a few meter away and see peoples reaction and interaction with the  setup. Intentionally i didnt add any other text, there where no red cross symbol or other homeless charity based organization attached to my set up. I waited 15 minutes before i move the location slightly and another 15 minutes before i packed up. I obeserved many things from the distance. I observed that in the initial position besides the elevator 8 peoplet interacted and opened the box. and in second location only 2 people interacted and opened the box with a total of 10 people. I also notice that many people looked at the setup but didnt interact or opened the box. and most of the people ignored it as if it seems it didnt exist.

But something happened, something extraordinary, something unprecedented. People placed money in the box. I thought i was being cheeky by having a random box in the middle of a busy place with people just opening and leaving it alone. I thought i was being cheeky when i said, thanks for your contribution because i assumed people will find it funny that nothing was inside the box and close it again. No where in the entire paper in and around the box it said please donate or give money to the homeless. all i asked was if you want to help a homeless person and the people if not all assumed that i was asking for money. To donate. Honestly i was just interested if the people opened the box and thats it. I didnt attach any organisation or  charity so and completely assumed that they wont put money or trust a random box in the middle of the hallway.

Earlier in the day i observed homeless peoples interaction with the public and noticed maybe after 30 people one person interacted said hi and dropped some change. Most people ignored, walk around or just didnt care enough to acknowledge the homeless person.

but my box was out in the open for 30 mins and it got more than the homeless person got in the same time. Which was weird

This part is my speculation but i think people are more willing to give to box without any human interaction rather than an actual person because i think people are wary and dont want to really want to talk or interact with people.

it was also interesting to see people assumed that i was asking for money rather than something else. i was never specific but people assumed i was seeking money



I’m Back

Its the beginning of the second half of the semester and we are getting right into it for our studio project. We submitted a our three proposals and now we have to prototype it and write our reports based on our findings.



  1. 1.a first or preliminary version of a device or vehicle from which other forms are developed.“the firm is testing a prototype of the weapon”

according to googles dictionary, prototype is the initial or the alpha, the things that is not going to be released in the public, a kind of proof of concept before things get into productions. My lecturer said something interesting about prototyping, if you are prototyping something, and it is taking more than 2 days to get the information you want, you are doing something wrong, and, DONT use surveys, ever as they are lipservice as anyone can say yes but doing something all together is something different altogether. So these are the two things that i am thinking about my prototype method. The lecturers also talked about that we need to produce about ten prototype methods, a combinations of changing different methods and new methods all together. 

my main focus on this block is the following

a screen/terminal in a home that is attached to another terminal/screen in an area near a lot of homeless people. 

its not green but hopefully i can turn it into one.

So this the base feature i will have play around with. I initially wrote more stuff down to be more specific but i really didnt get what was being asked and produced what seemed to be more of a concrete outcome rather than something more fluid so i extracted the essence of my proposals and got the above.

My main focus now is how to prototype this. I thought up of a couple methods and question to tackle. First people always say that they like to help because it is expected and what we are suppose to say. But it is another matter to act upon these words. So i want to construct a box that says something like, If you want to help a homeless in your home press this button and i will keep track of how many people interact with the device and record my observation. Although i find something of a problem here because if i place my box within university premises most if not all the people i am showing these to is to students and let me tell you, students dont have the most disposable income. so maybe around queen street. or other high traffic and high diversity places. 

Another thing that the lecturers mentioned is that as a human being we take pride in our work, we dont like being wrong. And there are a high number of people that would falsify data to look good. But the correctness is not what is being asked, it is the method. In fact more often than not things tend to go wrong so it is much stranger if something words as expected. 

which is actually a giant problem in peer reviewed articles as some researches and scientist make or fix data to be more desirable as it leads to a higher chance of the last 3 years of life to being published and if something is inconclusive it leads to being forgotten as it is discarded and never published.

Dont be afraid to be wrong. Look for it