DIY Balcony garden kit



My role: For this project, I acted as UX researcher, designer and service designer.

My approach: For the purpose of this course, I had to apply a mix of Lean and Design thinking.  

The story: As a part of Human-centered Design 201:Prototyping, a course I have taken with and Acumen, I was briefed to thinking about ideas to improve health in everyday places, come up with a product, prototype it and then test it (and iterate, iterate, iterate).  I chose to focus on healthy nutrition as this is a big issue in the Netherlands, and particularly, for low-income families.  

Target group: low income families in Amsterdam. 



To come up a wide variety of ideas and select, prototype and test a feasible, viable and desirable product that helps low-income families to follow a healthier diet and avoid foost waste.


A human-centered product that helps low-income families grow their own healthy food.


1. Ideate

I first thought of the challenges and opportunities for a healthier diet that I noticed everyday. Thought about my own diet, my family’s and friends’. And as well, I did some fast desk-based research. In this process, I helped myself by setting a clear POV, framing the challenge through a general HMW question. After that I came up with several ideas: a service that connects low-income families to farmers, a storytelling game for kids and adults, a series of playful workshops  to get to know how to cook healthy food, a communal garden and do-it-yourself (DIY) garden kit for starters. As I had to pick a product, I eventually chose to focus on a DIY garden kit. 


2. Prototype

I was briefed to build my idea rough and rapid and so I did!


3. Test

Goals: Try out my prototype and see how it feels

I introduced my prototype to three low-income mothers aged between 32-48 years old


4. Iterate

Based on the test of the first prototype, during the iteration process, I added this HMW question: How might we design something that is accessible to both kids and parents, is convenient, does not take too much space and it is easy to use for beginners?


5. Prototype II

Prototype 1.jpg

The Takeaway

This project allowed me to make use of my creative confidence, whilst learning by doing.

I wish ...could have done some more research and implemented a high-fidelity prototype.