Title

Behrdie

Abstract

Humans are and always will be consumers. They have utilized goods to solve problems and explore creative ideas. As cultures evolved, new products came about with increasing complexities and functions. People began to consume products for their meaning rather than for the service the objects provided. Currently, products dominate human life, a culture of materialism driving incredible consumption rates. Excessive consumption creates problems for the environment and human well-being. Many strategies have been proposed to reduce the rapid accumulating of products, however, as they do not address consumers, but instead producers, lasting impact has yet to be found. A solution is needed that can bring awareness of consumption patterns to consumers. Behrdie is a designed service that reduces barriers to the activity of donating goods, making it a more viable disposal option. The service creates consumption consciousness by allowing customers to easily and frequently encounter the products they no longer use, providing reflection upon their consumption and disposal behaviors. This service can foster further solutions and begin to change the current materialistic reality of overconsumption.

Publication Date

11-27-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Student Type

Graduate

Degree Name

Industrial Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CAD)

Advisor

Timothy J. Wood

Advisor/Committee Member

Alex Lobos

Advisor/Committee Member

Stan Rickel

Campus

RIT – Main Campus

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