Pack is a device that attaches to your dogs collar that allows owners to discover, learn and connect with other dogs in their community.
Meeting other dogs is a highly important part of a dog’s life, just as meeting other people is an important part of ours. Getting to know different dogs can be difficult, especially with sporadic onetime encounters. There is no easy way to turn these one-time interactions into a relationship.
Pack tracks your walks, who your dog meets, for how long and builds a list of your dogs closest friends. By creating a community, Pack allows owners and walkers to know when friends are around without revealing the owners personal information. This helps provide you and your dog with a support system.
Hello, I’m Jeffrey Gochman. I’m a graduate student at the School of Visual Arts in New York City studying interaction design. This website documents my process from ideation to final concept of Pack.
Why I Design
There are many reasons while I design. Design helps to connect people. It’s a great way to teach and to learn. It can be used as a tool to demonstrate concepts and ideas.
I design because I like to create. I like to improve. I am inspired by seeing problems that I want to solve and looking at the different angles to find solutions. I have the power to change and alter the way in people interact now and in the future. I have the ability to improve and work on solutions that can have huge impacts on the way in which people behave in their everyday lives. It gives me a sense of responsibility and happiness to know that I have the option to make the world a better place to live, or at least a world that I think is better.
Graduate school has changed my approach to design and the way in which I can communicate my thoughts and ideas. I have learned new ways to problem solve and share ideas. I design because I want to challenge myself to push the boundaries of what’s possible while trying to enhance everyday issues.
It’s also about experimentation and discovery and using design as a tool to share a story by representing my thoughts and feelings. Les Brown once said “It’s necessary that you be flexible. That you are always thinking of how can I improve this better. It’s necessary for you to always explore various ways in which you can improve the quality of service that you are providing for the people. No one can do it for you but you. Perfection does not exist -- you can always do better and you can always grow”. Things can always be improved. Design is always evolving and new solutions are always being created. I design because I want to continue to explore various ways to solve and improve current problems.
And that is how I approached my Thesis