The Dark Void

Toolset:  Product Design | Final Cut Pro X | Filmography

The Dark Void is a design that allows users to become aware of the effects of alcohol consumption in connection with breast cancer. It is a flexible design with certain aspects of ambiguity which we believe would get teenage girls to be aware of the danger of consuming alcohol, as 55.1% of female secondary students admitted to consuming alcoholic drinks in British Columbia. The design of the Dark Void consists of a liquid tank and a cocktail glass.

The tank is filled with black liquid that represents the poisonous toxins contained within alcohol. Droplets are continuously dispensed into the glass, gradually filling the cup and forcing users to pour it out to prevent it from spilling. The continuous dripping forces users to constantly need to check whether the cup is filled, representing the addiction of alcohol. As more liquid is dispensed, the liquid lowers and slowly reveals the QR codes within the tank one by one. All 6 QR codes in the tank reveal a story about Jessica, a breast cancer victim who bravely fought against the disease.QR codes are used to embed the story into the design to tell a compelling story in a way that would intrigue teenagers.This slow technology causes users to critically reflect on the consequences of constant alcohol consumption over a long period of time. The more consumed, the higher the risk of breast cancer.



Responsibilities

  • Researching and brainstorming ideas

  • Build the physical model

  • Creating documentary video about the design and the outcome

Outcome

  • Able to design, prototype and produce a physical prototype

  • Able to do rapid prototyping

  • Able to branstorm multiple ideas and work through different iterations

  • Able to collaborate with colleagues to achieve a common goal

  • Able to think critically to encourage the user to reflect on society


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