My material was the plastic command hooks. The sensor design I came up with would be a hook that signaled to your phone when the phone was hooked to it. This would trigger specific settings on the phone. For example, if the hook was in the car it could block incoming messages or calls to prevent distracted driving. The specific settings would be set by the user.
I dont think the life or flow of the material was ever perceptible to me. Plastic lasts a very long time, and this specific plastic was hard to break or change. It seemed very permanent, and it was hard to imagine that the material ever had a life before, and will continue to have a life after.
I think starting with a material is an interesting approach to design. By experimenting with the material, I learned about properties I would not have otherwise considered. For example, when we tapped the materials with a fork, the plastic hooks were scratched. I would have never considered this characteristic of the material if it weren’t for that exercise.
However, starting with a material can also be limiting. In my case, the hooks clearly had one purpose (to hook things) and it would be very difficult to repurpose them. I think if I had chosen a material that was more easily manipulated it would have worked better for this assignment.