What product features will be most helpful to get feedback on?
- Toxicity and impact on surrounding people/environment — core of our design idea, so if the dye is toxic and harmful then we will have to refine our whole idea
- Effectiveness compared to other dyes/functionality — and how we plan to use this feedback
- Affordability — and how we plan to use this feedback
- Usability/convenience — and how we plan to use this feedback
What is the best way for us to get useful feedback for each of these features? What does a useful feedback look like?
Feature 1: Is the dye toxic? — Making sure the dye is non-toxic and does not harm humans or the environment forms the basis of the sustainable aspect of our product (key idea behind our design)
- Expose people, animals, and plants to dye to assess if it is toxic and harmful to them.
- Deeply analyze the ingredients in the dye themselves and try our best to ensure that none of them are harmful or toxic individually as well as together.
Feature 2: Is it as vibrant as traditional dyeing techniques?— Making sure the dye works effectively is super important to the marketability of the product, and will make sure that it will actually make an impact and that lots of people will use it. If we find out it doesn't work, we will definitely have to find another way to allow the dye to actually work.
- Compare and contrast a sample piece of fabric/cloth dyed with our dye vs. one dyed with a conventional, toxic dye, and assess if they have the same level of color or vibrancy. Potentially allow users to compare and contrast the two fabrics? Even allow sample of a random group to compare.
- add the STRATEGY of picking random handful of customers and survey them on the color of the shirt and etc.
Feature 3: Is it made out of excessively expensive materials/is it cheap?— We could try to find more readily available materials for the color, but this shouldn't be too much of a problem given the nature of the product.
- Add up all the production/other costs that our dye would require and compare this sum to other conventional dyes' costs. Assess if our dye is truly affordable for factories to use/buy.
- Assess different factories' opinions on the dye itself and see if they think it is affordable compared to what they usually use.
Feature 4: Is it harder to use/does it require more human labor? — If it's harder to use and requires more human labor, it will not be able to create an impact and have many users, so ensuring that it is somewhat easy to use is super important to its success and effectiveness.
- Allow factory workers to work with the dye/experiment with using the dye itself, and evaluate how easy it is to use and if it is easier or harder to use compared to the conventional, toxic dyes.
- track the number of hours the workers work + send them surveys for using normal dye versus our dye/ OR if we can’t have the factory use the dye yet, do it ourselves and compare time of using normal dye to using our dye