Long Life Design Final Project: PRECIOUS CASE

Precious Case


Design Brief

I am making a case for my Bible and a wallet for my passport because the Bible and passport are important part of my life. Regardless of the time and age, I think wisdoms in Bible will be able to provide me the guidance and life lessons, even when I become old. Personally, it influences my life by helping me go through the hardships I face daily. For the wallet, I think having an easier access to my passport will help me greatly whenever and wherever I travel. It allows me to travel freely and secures my identity to receive legal services from the society. The case will be resilient over 5 decades as it can be used to store my bible, and possible other small things as well. The wallet enhances resiliency by helping me retain my identity through the passport. The case will protect my Bible from environmental changes such as heavy rainfall and flood, which are the factors that books are vulnerable against. Likewise, the passport holder will help me adapt to similar water hazards; for example, when I evacuate due to the storm surge, I can show my passport from my wallet. The wood used for my case does not require strong chemicals or other potentially harmful ingredients, which makes it more sustainable than other materials like plastics and polymers. I used the naturally grown Kombucha leather for my wallet, which can be produced without sacrificing any animal, and therefore more sustainable. My objects are relatively easy to repair, as they do not require materials that are too specific or difficult to obtain; it does not have to be a particular species of tree, and the Kombucha can be easily grown without too much effort. The materials for my objects are not too expensive, meeting the cost criterion. In terms of function, the case and wallet have simple design, which allows anyone to understand how they should be used. Furthermore, my objects are safe to use and designed with the consideration of the environment, fulfilling the safety and environment criteria.


Resiliency and Repair Story

Both my case and wallet have simple overall structures, which would make them relatively easy to repair when they are damaged. In other words, since they do not have any complicated system inside that can only be cared by experts, anyone can fix it without too much difficulty. For my case, I tried to avoid using glue since the sticky material that is strong enough to hold the wood pieces may become difficult to get in the future. I used screws to physically hold the joints, which would be easy to tighten them back when they get loose. Also, the wood is not made of expensive and specific kind of trees that could disappear in the future due to the climate change. For the wallet, the Kombucha leather can be made in a natural way, which does not involve killing any animal species that may become extinct in 50 years. Anyone with basic sewing skill would be able to deal with it when the wallet breaks.


Systems Map




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