Blog Fifteen: Producing solutions… complete!

Hello again bloggers! As you all know, I am currently creating my product. Actually, I’m just tricking you! I have in fact completed it. It has gone quite well, quite smoothly. The reason why I’m blogging though, is because after looking at the technology process sheet provided by Carmel, I need to mention how I’ve been managing safety risks, as well as practicing and refining techniques. In relation to managing safety risks, there are actually none that I am able to think of. This is simply because my product is a website, and so it is not a physical product that I or the users will physically touch. In relation to practicing and refining techniques though, I’ve allocated time to get used to the website, just so that I can practice and refine my techniques that way. In saying this though, I have found that my practice and refinement of techniques has improved simply by getting on with the product creation and learning along the way. The only technique I can admit I have struggled with is creating a blog section for my website, so that I can communicate with the users, as well as the users being able to communicate with each other. Other than that though, the product has gone quite smoothly.

Now, the moment you have all been waiting for… Here is the link to my final product:

I hope you all enjoy it, and use it!


Blog Fourteen: Responding to blogs

Hey, hey, hey blogosphere! I’m back. The reason why I am back blogging again is because Carmel Patterson has asked for the entire EDST204 unit to provide permalinks for all of the blogs commented on, as well as a reflection on the experience of responding to other people’s ideas, as well as their responses to my own. Firstly, I will now provide a list of all of the blogs I have commented on (hopefully the following list contains all of them):

The experience of blogging and interacting with others has actually been much more helpful than I originally thought it would. The reason why I say this is threefold:

  1. The blogging experience has allowed me to gather my thoughts, keep ideas flowing, and it has kept me on task. In addition, I know that my blogs have helped others with their sustainable solution, so the blogging experience has been beneficial for not only me, but also my peers.
  2. By responding to other peers’ blogs, I have not only been able to help them, but that process has helped me go through the technology process with more ease, simply because I’m sharing an understanding with those peers, which clearly shows that I myself know what I’m doing, or the direction I’m headed towards.
  3. By receiving responses and critiques from others, obviously I have taken new ideas on. This was one of the major positives that came from the blogging and commenting experience.

One example of a great positive that I’ve taken from the experience is my interaction I’ve had with another class peer. If you have read my blogs so far, you will have noticed that Karen Mahony and I have worked together to incorporate each other’s ideas into our products. So, what I’m trying to get across here is that this process hasn’t only been about communicating with others via a digital learning space, but for me, I have also found that this has been about making connections with others and bringing ideas together, as opposed to just sharing ideas. In all honesty, if ICT was not incorporated into this assessment task, particularly the digital learning space, then this idea that Karen and I had of working together may not have even come about.

This experience all together has been extremely enjoyable so far, and I feel like I have engaged extremely well with my peers, as have they with me.


Blog Thirteen: Producing solutions still continued…

After the survey results were gathered and analysed, I have decided to sequence step-by-step actions for my product. I have now started to create my product, and so now I will explain to you my step-by-step sequence:

  • Search for the best possible options regarding product design: As I’ve mentioned on numerous occasions now, my ideal website to use to design my product was going to be, but as I stated, it just wasn’t the right website for not only me, but also potential users. So, I’ve decided to go with
  • Search for as many of the best available thrift shops in Canberra/Queanbeyan: What I did was search for both the major and smaller thrift shops in the local area, and I started to compile a list of these stores in a word document, which I would continually build on until product completion. I will now provide you all with the links of the major thrift stores that I’ve decided to use (just as a sneak peak to what will be on my website):

The Salvation Army Store locations:
For more information, visit:
The St. Vincent de Paul Society store locations:
For more information, visit:

But, to keep you all, my adoring fellow bloggers in suspense, I shall reveal the rest of the stores that my product comprises of in my final blog, where I will provide you with the wonderful link to my final product.

  • Search for the best available sustainable style/stylist information: The same process was undertaken for this part of the step-by-step sequence as it was in the previous one. I compiled a list of sustainable style/stylist information, and will look to use these links for my website. This time though, I’ll only give you a sneak peak at one of the sustainable style resources I have discovered:

  • Begin creating the product on I have started to create my product, but it’s only early days!

For now though, I must stop blogging and I must finish my website!


Blog Twelve: My chat with Karen Mahony

Hey, hey, hey bloggers! So, you’re all probably expecting me to write a blog about my step-by-step sequencing for my product, but I just thought that I’d share with you an idea I had with Karen Mahony. She has an application that is concerned with recycling in the A.C.T., which provides information on correct bin usage, the A-Z of recycling in the A.C.T., recyclable building materials, recyclable clothing, a waste calendar, locations, and a map. What we decided to do was provide each other links to our websites, and so she has decided to incorporate Thrift ShOpportunity into her app, and soon, when I get the chance to, I will incorporate her sustainable solution link into my product. For those that would like to check her application out, visit:
If you would also like to check out Karen’s digital learning space, visit:

I also wanted to share that I’m really excited to be able to collaborate with a class peer, and I would recommend that others should also do so as well.


Blog Eleven: Producing solutions continued…

I’m back from my mission (my surveying mission that is!). As I stated in blog ten, I was going to ask potential users:

  1. Have you thrift shopped often before, or do you often thrift shop?; and
  2. Would you use a product like Thrift ShOpportunity to help you with your sustainable shopping and styling needs?

From the results gathered, I wasn’t too surprised. Thirty people were interviewed altogether. Of the thirty people, 73.33% answered yes to the first question. As for the second question, a staggering 100% of the people interviewed were sure that they would use a product like Thrift ShOpportunity for their sustainable shopping and styling needs (I hope the 100% weren’t saying that just to be nice to me! I’m sure they weren’t though). Some of the people that were surveyed even made comments such as:

  • “I would like to go [thrift shopping] more often because I don’t know how to make the clothing from op shops stylish. I would definitely use the website to help me.”; and
  • “Of course I’d use it! Especially because it saves me money.”

The reason why I make note of these comments is because it addresses how the product would be useful for both the people that do and don’t thrift shop often. Additionally, there is an economic value which was mentioned by one of those surveyed, which I was quite happy to hear.

Now that I’ve done some surveying, I will be able to move onto the sequencing for my product’s solutions.


Blog Ten: Producing Solutions

I’m excited about being able to start producing solutions. I definitely never expected that the technology process involved so much idea searching, questioning, answering, contemplating, planning, reviewing, and so many other routes. So far, something major that I have been overwhelmed with are the amount of questions and answers that I have stumbled across. The technology task so far has involved a lot of exploring and defining, generating and developing ideas, and planning and managing along the way. Now though, I must produce solutions. The end is near (I mean that in a good way though!)

Much like at the start of the exploring and defining task and generating and developing ideas stages, I keep find myself asking the same question, “Where do I start?” For exploring and defining the task, there were many, many ideas travelling all around my head. There was a lot of work done to identify a sustainable need. As for generating and developing ideas, I would definitely say that that stage was all about narrowing down my options, or simply deciding upon my options. Now though, it’s all about finalising the design decisions, and thinking about the right steps to undertake to make my product.

What I have gathered/learned in lectures and tutorials, particularly through case study and group discussion work, is that understanding what the user/client needs and wants from a product is the most important first step to take when producing solutions. Knowing this, my initial thought is to find what my users and clients would expect. To do so, I have decided to design a survey comprising of several questions to help the product move in a direction that users will be happy with. There will only be two simple, yet effective questions. The questions are:

  1. Have you thrift shopped often before, or do you often thrift shop?; and
  2. Would you use a product like Thrift ShOpportunity  to help you with your sustainable shopping and styling needs?

For now, that is all I will focus on. Once I conquer my surveying mission, I will return and start sequencing my actions for my product.


Blog Nine: Generating and developing ideas continued…

Because I have known what it is that I have wanted to design and create for quite some time, I have had to recently start thinking more about resources. The resources first need to be identified, then explored, and then selected. Evidently, because my product isn’t a ‘physical’ concept, there aren’t many physical techniques, materials or equipment that will be needed. In saying that though, it does not at all mean that my concept is in any way an easy-to-design piece. There is still much to consider in relation to the design of Thrift ShOpportunity, not only in an aesthetic sense, but in the way the solution meets the needs of its users. It will need to provide sufficient information to its users, whilst still looking good, and navigating well. This meant that I had to undertake a thorough search to find the best online materials and equipment for my product. I first went to as a place to use for my website building. I actually signed up with Wix because I saw the aesthetic value that it had, and I thought that it would be perfect for my product. After trying to use it though, I found that it was quite difficult, which left me thinking about how my users would feel if they were to have used it. This then meant that I had to search some more. After some long searching, I decided on trying I have always found the site to be quite easy to use and navigate, and so my decision was final.

With regard to the short and long-term impacts of the above decisions and actions, there are some to consider. In the short-term, a local trend could begin to develop with regard to the common local usage of Thrift ShOpportunity. In the long-term, it would be fantastic for the product to grow from a local level to a national level. As mentioned, I myself, along with many other young members of the community are much more mindful of sustainability, and because of this, the short and long-term impacts are most definitely realistic. Thrift ShOpportunity could eventually, possibly be the first place for people to go to in terms of sustainable shopping and styling needs.