The design objective is to develop line drawings that represent a “design persona” from the point of view of an engineer. A total of six drawings are required for three personas … a tourist, a shopper and a commuter … one view full body facing front and one view full-body profile riding a bicycle.
As background, these illustrations will be used in a class case study for college-level engineering students. The students are tasked with thinking like a bicycle designer. They collect data on three types of customers - a tourist, a shopper and a commuter. The case study “hero” draws a picture of her conception of each persona as she learns more information about each potential customer. At this point, it’s not necessary for you to know elements about each persona … you are free to use your background knowledge and creativity in this area.
These drawings represent the skill of a college engineering student, meaning that they cannot look too professional, nor too cartoon like. They must look “amateurish” on some level but not so crude as to be child-like. Engineering students know their way around paper and pencil, but they are not skilled artists. The illustrations should look like they were done in pencil, in a lab notebook, which design engineers are encouraged to use. This doesn’t means there has to be ruled or graph paper backgrounds, but that is a possibility. Mostly it means the key to success of this assignment is striking the believable balance that these drawings would come from a college level engineer and not a professional graphic artist (like you!)