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ENGS 12: Design Thinking

In my Design Thinking class we were tasked with “helping Dartmouth students better manage the things they need to carry with them by creating better carrying devices.” Through our design research we noticed that students using communal restrooms faced several issues with their shower caddies. The most prominent of these issues being: items were not immediately accessible and pools of water collected despite drainage system. So we thought to ourselves, how might we design a more streamlined and hygienic shower caddy experience? By looking at our edge users, we realized that have a one-size fit all shower caddy was simply not an option. In order to develop a more accommodating caddy we added a railing system to the dividers so that users could customize the caddy depending on the items they use regularly. However this still left the users with their caddies sitting in pools of water on the floor, or outside of the shower and thus out of reach. To combat this issue we added a hinge and attached suction cups to the inside portion, so the caddy could be opened and attached to the wall. And thus, the caddy is now elevated and easily within reach. The hinge also allows the caddy to split into two parts so that users can have bathroom and shower sections. We also added a collapsable hook, so that users could hang items like loofas and shower caps while they shower. To deal with the drainage issues, we added angled slits on bottom to prevent water from building up and helps drying.