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Ugrill

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Ugrill

enhancing the urban picnic experience

Picnics in an urban area are hard to come by due to the fast-paced lifestyle that takes place. In large cities, the vast majority of its population work so much that taking time out of the day to prepare a meal is often burdensome. Thus, picnics have become an outdated tradition. Fortunately, large cities have scenic sites such as parks and beaches that make ideal locations for picnics. With plenty potential for urban picnicking, the objective of this project is to design a product that will enhance the overall experience making urban picnics more accessible.

 
Enjoy a picnic at any given location with the portable Ugrill that comes with two stackable containers to fit just the right amount of food for you and one more person.

Enjoy a picnic at any given location with the portable Ugrill that comes with two stackable containers to fit just the right amount of food for you and one more person.

 
1. Take the stackable containers apart.

1. Take the stackable containers apart.

 
2. Attach propane tank to the back (if used with gas).

2. Attach propane tank to the back (if used with gas).

 
3. Turn grill on.

3. Turn grill on.

Enjoy. 

Enjoy. 


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Process

research, persona, ideation, refinement

Research

observartions, market audit, interview responses

Based on my observations, I noticed that most people packed food that was either prepared at home or bought from restaurants. From the interviews I held, a common answer I received was that having to prepare the food at home adds more time to the process of having a picnic. Some said that making food on site would make picnics more fun and accessible. I then proceeded to look online at current products such as cooking and transportation devices to see what/where the current market lacks a product that will enhance picnics.

Based on these observations, I realized that people tend to pack food but when asked, they said they would prefer to cook on site to have a warm meal.

Based on these observations, I realized that people tend to pack food but when asked, they said they would prefer to cook on site to have a warm meal.

I then searched for a mix between packing tools and cooking devices to finalize my target audience.

I then searched for a mix between packing tools and cooking devices to finalize my target audience.

"I would love to have a picnic but I would rather cook on site than pack a meal"

-Interviewee, Katie K.

 
 

But, why are urban citizens having less picnics?

The main problem is that preparing food at home takes time away from the picnic experience. Urban citizens lack space at home to store a grill. Lastly, having to pack and carry more components is too much of a hassle. Thus, the quote above resonated with me from the interviews I held, which made me think about designing a product that can be used to cook at any given location to enhance the overall picnic experience. 

 

Persona

target audience

Focusing on young couples with disposable money, I chose two characters. Kirk, a 26 year old financial advisor, is a young professional that likes to be active when he's not working at his desk job during the day. He enjoys havings barbecues when the weather allows. His girlfriend Emma, a 25 year old account executive, mostly spends her time exercising. Often hiking and enjoying the outdoors, she loves to go to the beach and parks around the city.

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Ideation

initial direction sketches

At first, I wanted to make a portable crockpot-type device for the food to cook while the user is at work prior to a picnic.

At first, I wanted to make a portable crockpot-type device for the food to cook while the user is at work prior to a picnic.

Refinement

final direction sketches and form study

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I then came up with a portable grill design to cook on site, along with two containers that stack on top that could easily fit in a backpack or tote for the everyday urban commuter.

I then came up with a portable grill design to cook on site, along with two containers that stack on top that could easily fit in a backpack or tote for the everyday urban commuter.

Ugrill

enhancing the urban picnic experience, fall 2015.

Special thanks to Chef’n, Amy Lin, Ethan Pearl, Katie Kipp, Zach Williams, and Jason Germany for their help and contribution in the process of designing Ugrill.