låmp – unique lighting design platform

Hi!

We’re a small team of design and business students developing a platform called låmp that allows people to design their own unique lighting pieces for their home. We’re currently trying to get feedback on the best approach to achieving this. We’ve put together a quick questionnaire that takes less than 2 minutes to complete and we would really appreciate any feedback on our idea!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/P9GJ75X

Thanks a lot, team låmp.

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3 comments for “låmp – unique lighting design platform

  1. July 12, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Scandinavian here, just wanna comment that using the å as an a is such a mediocre gimmick.

    lamp in itself is cute and I would recommend you rather just go with the world simple as that,
    norwegian: lampe
    swedish: lampa
    danish: lampe

  2. July 12, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Oh, and consider bias. You don’t want people to overly like your ideas simply because they want to support a group of students doing an interesting project. Or that they like the idea of someone trying to create something new and innovative.

    Always consider bias whenever you have to handle anything related to “users”. For example you are mentioning that you are ‘developing a platform called låmp that allows people to design their own unique lighting pieces for their home’. This is bias. This could mean that I would want to “help you” by favorably choosing anything related to lighting or anything pointing in the direction of a design tool in your questionnaire.

    When I was a university student we took this approach: The test persons are VERY welcome to hate and dislike our idea and design. We just need to know a detailed answer as to why they disliked it.

  3. July 12, 2018 at 9:56 am

    In your questionnaire, I would recommend that you post statements instead and ask people to rate to which extend they agree on it. Look up ‘Likert scale’.

    Right now I can state that design is important for me when it comes to beds. But you don’t know if that is a little bit important or very important. And if I don’t choose kitchen utensils does that mean design is never important for those or does design with those just matter very little to me? What if I have had the kitchen utensils I need for the past 20 years, would I then consider design to be important, or would I think “Nah, not important. I have what I need. I don’t see myself considering the design of kitchen utensils”.

    And with the word ‘design’ there is many aspects to it. Design can be functionality and it can also be aesthetics. So would I choose a (to me) beautiful toilet if I don’t like how it flushes or don’t feel I sit comfortable on the toilet? And what if one toilet has some great functionalities like soft close and automatic flushing, but it is not as aesthetically pleasing to me than another toilet? How would I rank this “functional toilet” – because is functionality considered ‘design’?

    Also, with some products maybe I don’t fear “bad design” or “design I don’t like” as much as with others. If I had to get kitchen utensils today maybe I rate that design is not that important, because in my mind it is difficult to choose something that I don’t like the design of when it comes to kitchen utensils.

    Question 2: Don’t you fear that your own definition of ‘unique pieces’ differs from the person who is answering?
    And what could ‘finding’ be? As in “There we go, I want **that** painting”. Did I ‘find’ my unique piece? What if that painting is too expensive for me? Do I then have difficulties ‘finding’ or not? What if the difficulties is finding a sofa with very specific measurements for that corner of my guest room? They tell me there simply aren’t many sofas that are 145 cm wide. All the sofa places say it’s a ‘unique size’. Is my problem related to (a) the item I am looking for and its properties (b) what is available on the market or (c) available tools to help me find what I need?

    Question 4: Would I like to be able to customize the interior pieces I buy? Well, that surely depends on what ‘the cost’ would be, right? Would I have to do it myself? Would that be easy? What would I have to pay for this customizability?

    Also, consider this question: “Would you like to have a machine in your car that makes cup cakes?”. Umm, yes. Right? Who wouldn’t! But does that mean that I will actually buy such a machine if it came to market? And if 95% of the people asked answered ‘yes’ would that mean that our idea for an in-car cup cake machine the best and most lucrative idea ever?

    Always consider this: It is **free** for someone to answer “Yes, I would want that”. They don’t have to buy anything. They don’t have to commit in any sense. They just click ‘Yes’ in a questionnaire. It is **your** job to divide the question into little pieces and feed them one at a time to get an answer to what (if any) appeal there is to a cup cake machine. In the end you need a detailed answer on which aspects they like about the cup cake machine idea.

    Also, also, also: A “Would you buy this product?” or “Do you see yourself using this solution to a problem?” is really dangerous question to ask. First of all, don’t ask it to pad yourself on the back to say “They really love our idea!”. Also, how do you know that what *you* are picturing as the final version is what *they* picture as the final version? Maybe you showed them a crappy prototype, and some will answer based on what they consider a working prototype, and others will answer based on the crappy prototype and crappy experience they had with the prototype.

    “Is sustainability important to you?”. Is saving kittens important to you? It is a very loaded question that is SO easy to answer ‘yes’ to. Would I save a kitten at the side of the road? Yes. Would I volunteer in the local animal shelter? Maybe. Would I support that animal shelter or an organization that helps kittens? Yes, I could see myself donating, but maybe I’ll prioritize cancer research over kittens. In short, consider when you ask questions or propose ideas that are free and without consequences for the person you ask. Don’t just take their positive answer as confirmation.

    The material list is…silly. Who would choose ‘cheap plastic’ on that list. Also, there is no consequence to choosing steel and wood. Do you yourself have anything made of cheap plastic somewhere in your home? Of course! Why? Most likely because it was cheap to purchase and the aesthetics and durability was less important. So does that mean I choose ‘cheap plastic’ or not on that list? And what is ‘in my home’? Hanging on a wall? Hidden away in a drawer?

    “If you could update furniture without buying new, would you?” What does that even mean? What is ‘update’? What would I have to do or pay to do this ‘updating’? And how do you know if the person who answers has interpreted your question correctly? And again: Would you like a cup cake machine in your car?

    Q9: What sort of lamp? It depends immensely, right? Dining room table lamp? Lighting for my kitchen? Workshop in the basement? And is it for me or a present for someone?

    Overall, the questionnaire feels like you are trying to prove to someone that you are on to a great idea. You will not end up with useful, reliable answers with questions like these.

    * If you are focusing on lamps. Great. Then focus on lamps and lighting. Don’t try to prove that lamps is a better choice of your focus than, say, kitchen utensils. Just ask lamp and lighting questions.

    * Be really careful with questions that are trying to prove your idea is great and viable.

    * Look at each question and consider which words can be interpreted in many ways. If a person interprets your question the wrong way, then the results aren’t very useful to you.

    * Be aware of how there are overall questions that *you* want an answer to, but that sometimes you can’t ask those questions directly. You have to divide your main question in to many sub-questions. I can’t ask if they like my cup-cake-machine-in-a-car idea, but I can ask about car driving habits, about when and where they eat sweet stuff, to what extent they own 3rd party items that plug into the cigarette lighter or USB outlet in their car. So figure out how you can get a detailed answer to your main question without actually asking your main question.

    Hope this was helpful.

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