You are required to identify a need for your
product leading to a design brief. This falls under the first marked
criteria of the course. OCR example of a Portable
Metronome(2000 p43) say you should:
- Evaluate the real need for keeping time
when playing in a small musical group- you can do this by using text,
drawings or photographs.
Asking people who play in a small group is
good, and it is useful research, use questionnaires, photographs of the
group working together could be a start. The group can also be used again
later when designing and testing the product.
- You would also need to consider the type
of music and instruments that would be played by the possible users of
your product (this could affect the output of your device, how loud it
And finally for this part:
- A clear statement of the situation/ need
or problem identified and what you intend to design and make.
Ex. Design Situation. Through
research I have found that small musical groups such as (Name) see
photograph (that you have taken) have a problem when playing music
together. They sometimes start at slightly different times and find it
hard to keep together in the early stages of rehearsals. At present they
try to combat this problem with the leader counting or the drummer banging
his sticks together, but this is not very accurate. They would like me to
come up with some electronic solution to this problem.
Advice: The design situation identifies the problem and helps you develop the Design Brief.
Design Brief. Design and Make a
metronome that can help solve the problem identified above. They would
like the metronome to be electronic device that they can take around
different places with them (Portable). It will need to be in a sturdy
container with easy access to the power supply.
For the highest marks you just provide a
- Detailed description of the situation/ need and the user/ users leading to a clear and precise design brief of a marketable product.