The week began with a lot of pain. On Monday, my body reminded me on one hand that hiking for 6 hours straight is not a good idea as well as the fact that I need to do more sport (not really a surprise to me). I bagged my first munro, Ben Lomond, with a few friends, and during the hike I was astonished once again about the beautiful landscape of Scotland which was the hike worthwhile throughout the hours. It got back to me that for a day of adventure, a day out of the routine and the stress, you don’t need much except maybe for someone who takes you along. I am not very fit, not very skilled or have much of a gear. But my shoes, a nice sandwich, a banana and the mutual cheering-up of me and my friends were actually all I needed to go up the mountain and (even worse) down again. In a way, this is exactly what I want my project to accomplish. Not many tools needed, but the person feels like they are adding a pinch of adventure to their daily life. They should feel like the daily routine is not everything, and they easily can escape from it. For that reason, I want to make cycling more appealing for people who would normally get their cars. That is the difficulty I am facing basically. Not to make a device which helps people who are already passionate about cycling but a device which excites non-cyclers so much, they would rather leave the car at home.
During the week, I was going through my research, draw my key insights of the good and the bad components of cycling and prepared three boards about the context, investigation and concept design for guru’s day. Guru’s day is an event, where professionals come to the studio and go through your concept, discuss aspects and inspire to new ideas based on your research. An exciting day we are looking forward to.