Taking a piece of home with you
For children Pre-K and under, home can mean a few different things. One of the main things is the how easy it is to fall asleep in a familiar place where you know are safe.
Young Preschoolers between the ages of 2 - 5 years old. At this age the children have still not broken away from constantly needing the presence of their parents.
Regardless of age they are always asking for their parents. Sleeping can be the most difficult for them since they are not at home. Can sometimes carry a photo,a special toy, or a blanket to help them go to sleep.
music and sleep
There are various clear connections between the playing of music during sleep for children and their sleep quality. Studies have found that there are 6 main reasons that the playing of music has a positive impact on a child under the age of 5.
increase sleep quality
Reduction of insomnia
Helps develop brain
Aid pain relief
Provides white noise
Primarily I two main directions I was trying to design for. Social Comfort and Comfort in Sleeping in preschools. Saw more opportunity in sleeping since there are too many variants of personalities for the age group.
Looked at different ways to help children to sleep. From color association and moods, to cues received by the 5 senses. Continued down a tactile and auditory.
Begin working out details such as how the child interacts with the speaker and also beginning to include customization features for them to make it their own. Continue to experiment with different materials.
Observing how much the rim of the pillow interferes with the neck or shoulders of the user.
Quick mock up of a secure method of releasing for a pull down pillow. Scratched since it would either be too strong.
Took apart an existing backpack to take not of its construction and to think about why the materials used were chosen
Printed quick silhouettes to have a quick visual for size
Primary construction and development of pattern
Making sure new pattern fits all necessary items.
Materials comparison &Selection
There were several needs that needed to be met. Most
were related to their durability, weatherproof abilities, comfort, washability, and special features.
Not water resistant
Light and Breathable
Not very soft
Good for solely decorative purposed
Softer and longer lasting
Can be costly
Holds shape well
Synthetic wool almost
Good for different weather
Nylon material to repel water and insects
Pull off pillow
Cotton on the face side of the pillow
Mini speaker for soft music
Custom Marker for customizing backpack
Marker can only mark the backpack
Fits small folders and a change of clothes
Speaker & Marker
Low Volume Speaker
Fabric Speaker Grille
Markers can only mark backpack