“A Practical Solution”–Andrew Walraven

1) PDF Presentation: Walraven_Wallet

2) Tagline: “A Practical Solution”  –I picked this tagline, because I think it accurately describes the wallet design I developed.  It isn’t too much different from a standard bi-fold wallet, except that it makes it easier to reveal Identification, and it offers a practical solution to the problem of storing change for people who use cash.

3) My persona is a conglomerate person, based on the people I interviewed for feedback: Chad–A junior engineer, studying at Virginia Tech.  He is a busy man and tries to be as efficient as possible.  He likes his basic, bi-fold wallet well enough, but he wishes it had a way of quickly storing the change he collects when making a cash transaction.  Also, when he uses the Blacksburg Transit system, he dislikes having to unfold his wallet and pull out his ID card to show to the bus driver.

4) Post-It Note: “Change slot is mostly a feminine attribute; is this for a certain gender?”  My Response: First, I want to address the question and say that my user group was all male, but I didn’t really have a gender in mind when I was designing mine.  Second, I want to address the initial assertion that a change slot is “mostly a feminine attribute.”  Is this really true?  If so, why would that be the case?  From my perspective, a place to store change hardly seems like a gender-specific element, so I’m really not sure what you [the writer of the note] mean.

I (Andrew Walraven) am the only remaining member of this team, but originially was working with Hithesh Peddamekala.

LeighAnna Foley and Joe Cho- Wallet Presentation


Our interview group was looking for a wallet that had preventative measures of losing the wallet. It also needed aspects of mobility and security that would keep the wallet easy to carry but had some level of peace in mind. We created a wallet that could easily blend into the everyday life by having it placed on the wrist of each user. This could guarantee that losing the wallet is much more difficult because it is physically part of the user’s outfit.

We decided that our target end-user should be an athlete.  After the presentation, we realized that athletes would get the most use out of our product and that they would benefit the most from it.  It would allow athletes to have their important personal effects on-hand without the annoying weight of a wallet in his/her pocket or the swinging that occurs while running with a wallet in your pocket.

The one comment that we wanted to address about our wallet was the concern about card organization.  We completely agree that our design lacks a way to organize cards.  If given the opportunity to continue with this project, we would add a feature so that cards would be organized because we all know how frustrating it can be to find a specific card.

Wallet Presentation & Critique (Zach and Xavier)


Instead of addressing one of our feedback notes, I wanted to use two that contained opposite opinions. One note we got said that they loved the idea of combining their wallet with their phone case. Judging by the number of projects we saw that used this same base idea, I think it’s safe to say that there are a good amount of people that agree. On the other hand, one of our critiques stated that the combination of the two might not be as useful as it seems in theory. While seeing the positives of the combination idea, I actually tend to agree with this opinion. In a world of compact technology and all-in-one solutions, it seems like a logical next step to combine daily essentials like cell phones and wallets. Seeing the division between those for and against moving in this direction makes me interested to hear reasoning from both sides.

Wallet Presentation

Wallet Presentation

One of our sticky notes asked us “What could you use to replace the magnets?”. We thought about this sticky note because it is a good question in the result of magnets either wiping the credit cards or not being strong enough to hold the wallet together. We decided that a good replacement for a magnet is a metal snap button instead. It would eliminate the possibility of wiping a credit card’s data, and would also reliably hold the wallet together. It would add some bulk to the wallet but if we position them correctly, they will not create an issue.